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Introduction to ECE

Course Code: ECED 1155
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course introduces students to the professional context of early childhood education including language and terminology, legal guidelines, educator responsibilities and the varied role of educators in educational environments for young children.

Course Content

  1. Students will investigate various early learning curricular approaches to deliberate their future role in working with young children.
  2. Students will begin the process of recognizing and applying professional terminology and language specific to early childhood education.  
  3. In the role of Early Childhood Educator, collaboration with colleagues is imperative, this course verifies the integral role of teams in ECE environments.
  4. Students will gain an understanding of the meaning and value of diversity in ECE environments.
  5. Early childhood education has a rich tradition of parent involvement. Students will be introduced to working with parents within a collaborative framework.

Methods of Instruction


Class Discussion

Audio-visual Aids

Centre Visits


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.


Research Report

Centre Visits

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will gain knowledge regarding their role in working with young children in early learning and care environments.
  2. Students will be introduced to the governance and licensure responsibilities in early childhood education.
  3. Students will become familiar and knowledgeable regarding language specific to early childhood education.
  4. Students will become familiar with the college environment and the resources within.

curriculum 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 schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.