Spring 2022 - EDUC 464 OL01

Early Childhood Education (4)

Class Number: 4046

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

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



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


This is an online and asynchronous distance education course.

This course will explore the history of the field, research, and practice of the education of children in the age range of three to eight years. It will also provide a critical overview of the theories and practices involved in supporting learning in the early years with particular emphasis on how learning, development, and pedagogical practices are embedded in a rich complex of diverse relationships within the school and broader community. Additionally, students will complete a Course on Research Ethics and will then engage in individual research involving human participants.


The broad goals of the course are to facilitate an ability to:

  • Explain the prominent theories and foundational ideas in Early Childhood Education.
  • Articulate your own developing philosophy of Early Childhood Education.
  • Understand and discuss the issues, values, and beliefs that emerge in an area of educational practice.
  • Provide coherent rationale for your educational practices.
  • Consider and engage with multiple values, beliefs, and practices in a community of diverse, and at times contradictory, beliefs, values, and social practices.


  • Mandatory Group Discussions 0%
  • Course on Research Ethics 0%
  • Online Group Activities 25%
  • Research Project 50%
  • Final Exam 25%


This course does not have a Midterm exam. There is a Final exam, which is a Take-Home exam.


Each week, there will be an assigned online group activity with the group members. Participation is mandatory in all group activities.



There is no textbook required for this course. Each week has a list of required readings from outside sources such as journals and textbooks. These are available online within the individual study weeks.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.