Spring 2022 - EDUC 466 OL01

Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Instruction (4)

Class Number: 7575

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2022
    11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Corequisite: EDUC 464.



Designed to expand on the theoretical foundations provided in EDUC 464 engaging students in the critical analysis of programming for early learners by surveying a variety of program types and providing both an overview of content areas for further discussion and inquiry specific to curriculum and instruction.


This is an online and asynchronous distance education course.

In this course, students will engage in analysing the practice of teaching in an Early Childhood setting, and critically engage with the theories that justify their teaching practice. Students will have an opportunity to reflect on some of their assumptions and beliefs about childhood, learning, and teaching. This course will be of interest to individuals who currently work or plan to work and interact with young children in a variety of capacities including—but not limited to—teachers, parents, and childcare workers.


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
  • Consider the practices of the teacher in an Early Childhood setting
  • Justify your practices with sound reasoning and theory
  • Reflect on your own beliefs and assumptions and adjust these beliefs when appropriate
  • Develop curriculum materials that cohere with your carefully-justified philosophy of education
  • Develop a learning environment that coheres with your carefully-justified philosophy of education


  • Online Group Activities 10%
  • Learning Logs 25%
  • Research Project 35%
  • Final exam 30%


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.