Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs and multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
- Demonstrate knowledge about and value the importance of the complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. They will be able to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
- Demonstrate that they understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment. They will be able to use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development.
- Demonstrate their understanding of and relationship with children and families, their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning, and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
- Demonstrate that they know and can apply the ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice. They will demonstrate that they are continuous, collaborative learners who demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on their work, making informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources. The students will demonstrate ways they can become informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.