ECED& 160 Curriculum Development • 5 Cr.


Investigate learning theory, program planning, tools and methods for curriculum development promoting language, fine/gross motor, social-emotional, cognitive and creative skills and growth in children birth through age 8 utilizing developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practice. Previously ECED 181. Either ECED 181 or ECED& 160 may be taken for credit, but not both. Prerequisites: ECED& 105 or EDUC& 115 with a C or better and Permission of Instructor. Student will be required to show proof of negative TB (within one year), WA state MMR clearance, and National Background check.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain major early childhood curriculum theories and current trends in curriculum design for early learning environments. 
  • Apply principles of developmentally, individually and culturally appropriate practice when designing, implementing and evaluating curriculum. 
  • Evaluate integrated learning experiences supportive of children's development and learning incorporating national, state and local standards. 
  • Design a curriculum that supports children's language/communication, cognitive, social/emotional, fine/gross motor and creative development. 
  • Design a curriculum that is inclusive and represents the diversity of children and families. 
  • Plan developmentally appropriate activities and schedules, which promote all children's growth and learning. 
  • Observe, document and assess individual and group needs, interests and skills for the purpose of curriculum planning and on-going modifications of plans.