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2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
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ECE 115 - Integrated Arts in the Early Childhood Curriculum

3 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the process of development as it is related to instruction in the arts. Emphasis will be placed on use of integrated, developmentally appropriate creative arts program for the early childhood period of development defined as birth to age eight. This course highlights the use of play, literature, creative movement, music, creative dramatics, and visual arts. Students will actively engage in creative activities and present arts based experiences to children. Participation both in class and 10 hours per semester in an approved early care and education setting is required.

Prerequisite(s): COM 021  or ESL 020  

Semesters Offered: Fall/Spring


This course will provide experiences that will develop the student’s personal creative expression as well as provide the frame work for planning creative experiences for young children that meet the PA Early Learning Standards.


  1.  Explain the value of arts in the early childhood curriculum
  2.  Evaluate children’s drawings to interpret developmental levels
  3.  Explain the importance of development of creativity as related to child development and teacher development
  4.  Design a classroom art center that is adaptable for use with a variety of creative arts based experiences and meets safety guidelines and the needs of all children in an inclusive early childhood setting
  5.  Plan and implement developmentally appropriate creative arts experiences for toddlers, preschoolers and primary aged children that are in alignment with the PA Early Learning Standards 
  6.  Adapt plans of creative arts experiences to meet the special needs of children with exceptionalities in the inclusive early childhood classroom 
  7.  Plan activities that provide multicultural experiences in the arts that meet guidelines for the Anti-Bias curriculum
  8.  Develop plans to integrate arts experience across the curriculum in inclusive early childhood settings using the PA Early Learning Standards as a Guide 
  9.  Locate, read and verbally present journal articles related to arts in early childhood education participate in visual arts experiences and construct a resource file
  10.  Complete 10 hours of systematic participation in an approved early care and education setting is required using the NAEYC Professional Code of ethics to guide classroom interactions 
  11.  Utilize age appropriate child guidance techniques when working with children in small groups
  12.  Compile, present digitally maintain a competency based course portfolio

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