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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CDA 271 - Professionalism in Childcare

1 Credits, 1 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 0 lab periods

Analysis of the history and ethics of early childhood professionals. Includes defining professionalism; examining the past, present and future; exploring professional values and ethics; continuing professional growth/education; and becoming an advocate for children and their families.

Information: All CDA courses require college-level reading and writing.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine the meaning and characteristics of professionalism and how it relates to self and others (NAEYC 6a, 6d).
  2. Identify and explain historical and contemporary influences on the development of early childhood education (NAEYC 1b, 5c, 6c).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to practicing a professional code of ethics (NAEYC 6b).
  4. Discuss state and national advocacy efforts on behalf of children and their families (NAEYC 2a, 6c). 

  1. Professionalism
    1. Definition
    2. Characteristics
    3. Self-reflection
  2. Historical and Contemporary Influences
    1. Key theorists and contributions
    2. Legislation and public policies
    3. Instructional trends
    4. Universal pre-school
  3. Professional Values and Ethics in the Early Childhood Field.
    1. Universal and personal ethics
    2. Standards of ethical behavior
    3. Personal ethical commitment
    4. NAEYC Code of Ethics
    5. Ethical dilemmas
  4. Professional Growth and Education
    1. Continued professional growth
    2. Effective professional
    3. Professional development programs
  5. State and National Advocacy
    1. Professional responsibility of advocacy
    2. Personal, public policy and private sector advocacy
    3. Becoming an advocate for children and families