Early Childhood and You

Early Childhood and You!
[WLOs: 1,2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Your final paper for this course will be based on your learning from all five weeks of this course. This paper will help you have a better understanding of who you are as an early childhood professional or who you want to become. It pulls together everything you have learned and unites it with your personality and beliefs.

Prior to beginning work on this,

Review the Early Childhood Profession  downloadtemplate that you will use to complete this assignment.

In your six- to eight-page paper,

Summarize the key points of the interview you conducted in Week 4.
Include an analysis of information you collected and how it impacted your understanding of the professional field of early childhood education.
Identify at least one key issue or trend in early childhood programs. (Refer to the Week 1 journal.)
Explain how it impacts the education of young children.
Analyze the learning approach that best matches your personal educational belief. (Refer to the Week 3 assignment.)
Explain how that approach contributes to quality programming for young children.
Describe the theory that best matches your personal educational belief. (Refer to the Week 3 assignment.)
Describe how that theory contributes to quality programming for young children.
Discuss how your knowledge of the developmental domains of early childhood influences your ability to adhere to developmentally appropriate practice (Refer to Week 4 for ideas.)
Devise a plan for including families into their childs education.
Defend how your plan will benefit children, families, and yourself as an educator.
Explain your plans, at this point, for your future in early childhood education. Include the additional qualifications and competencies you will need to acquire in order to qualify for a career in the field of early childhood education.

The final paper

Must be six to eight double-spaced pages (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Centers Introduction to APA (Links to an external site.) guide.
Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement, (Links to an external site.) refer to the Writing Center resource
Must include a title page formatted in APA Style.
Must use at least three scholarly resources in addition to the course text.
The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.) table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
Must document any information from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Centers APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide. (Links to an external site.)
Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.

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