Summer 2021 - EDUC 464 D100

Early Childhood Education (4)

Class Number: 2419

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or PSYC 250 or corequisite EDUC 403.



Current trends, issues and research relating to the education of young children.


All classes will take place mainly via Canvas and Zoom. Other online options may be chosen for small group projects, provided that all group members have access.

This course is for those interested in expanding their own teaching horizons and learning about early childhood education. This course aims to give you opportunities to explore issues around teaching young children in Preschool through Kindergarten as well as setting up solid programs. Theoretical and practical concepts and ideas will be addressed. Through a combination of readings, discussion and hands-on activities teachers will develop their own teaching philosophy and explore various methods to create a comprehensive program for young students.


The purpose of the course is to introduce you to:

  • a sampling of the major theorists that influence early childhood education
  • a cross-section of some of the different types and philosophies regarding preschools
  • transitioning from preschool to kindergarten
  • documentation and assessment of young learners
  • the classroom as a third teacher
  • programming such as inquiry-based learning, developmentally appropriate practices (DAP), social emotional learning (SEL)


  • Final Project 25% 25%
  • Mini project 20% 20%
  • Weekly Assignments based on class readings, discussions, lectures 55%


Each week there will be a different assignment based on the topic of the class. Many of them will be an opportunity for you to apply the knowledge you have learned in the class. These will vary each week and may include open book quizzes, making posters or brochures, writing a documentation story, reviewing programs, or small group online projects.



Each week has a number of required reading selections from outside sources such as journals and textbooks. These are available online within the individual study weeks.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112).