Indigenous World View and Early Childhood Education

Applied Community Studies
Early Childhood Education
Course Code
ECED 2361
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will consider Indigenous knowledge and perspectives and early childhood environments with an emphasis on issues relevant to working with Indigenous children aged birth to school years and their families. This course prepares early childhood educators to work with young children in a variety of early learning and care environments including Aboriginal Head Start Programs that support Indigenous children and their families.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  1. There is a diverse Indigenous population in British Columbia reflecting various cultural beliefs and values. Students will take an integrated approach to familiarizing themselves with various Indigenous cultures.
  2. Understanding of cultural differences among Indigenous children is necessary for program planning.
  3. Individual differences and special conditions and needs will affect the child’s development and impact upon the circumstances of the family.
  4. The unique characteristics of family and culture in which the child is raised will affect the course of the child’s development.
  5. Early childhood educators work with parents to develop and maintain a positive transition from home to centre.
  6. Caring routines require sensitivity to the health, safety and nutritional practices and requires both sensitivity and respect from the adult.
  7. Culturally sensitive learning environments provide young children with the optimal conditions for learning and exploration.
Learning Activities


Class Discussion

Audio-visual Aids

In-class Exercises

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. This is a graded course.


Typical means of evaluation may include a combination of:

  • Test(s)
  • Project(s)
  • Research Paper/Presentation
Learning Outcomes

Examine issues relevant to the Indigenous community that impact early learning opportunities for young children, including:

    • History of Indigenous people of British Columbia
    • Historical implications
    • Health implications
    • Cultural implications

    Develop a respect for, an understanding of, and a connection to the Indigenous community.

    Early childhood educators will be able to enhance their teaching of culturally relative information for young Indigenous children by:

    • Guiding each child in a respectful manner
    • Using cultural respectful practices for preventative and/or problem-solving measures wherever possible
    • Increasing opportunities for Indigenous children to practice their cultural beliefs and their ancestral language

    Students will be able to design and implement culturally sensitive programming that promotes knowledge of and a respect for Indigenous culture.

    Textbook Materials

    Consult the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required texts or materials. A list of required materials is provided in the instructor’s course outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.



    No prerequisite courses.


    No corequisite courses.


    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

    Institution Transfer Details for ECED 2361
    Athabasca University (AU) AU INST 3XX (3)
    College of New Caledonia (CNC) No credit
    College of the Rockies (COTR) No credit
    Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) No credit
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
    Northern Lights College (NLC) No credit
    Okanagan College (OC) No credit
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SSEL 2XXX (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) No credit
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CYC 202 (3)
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ECEC 2nd (3)
    Yorkville University (YVU) YVU GES 2XXX (3)

    Course Offerings

    Summer 2023