Early Childhood Education



Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course introduces students to the professional ethics of early childhood education and the critical role of federal policy in the evolution of the field. The course explores the historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological foundations of early childhood education. Of special interest is a review of the key theories and research that guide the development of the goals and practices of early childhood education, as well as the professional administrative, pedagogical and ethical standards to work with children from different communities. The course includes approaches to appropriate development practice, inclusive pedagogical practice, appropriate use of technology with young children and various curricular models: Montessori, Reggio Emilia, High Scope and Creative Curriculum.


Child Growth and Development

This course examines the child's growth and development from pregnancy to eight years considering cognitive, linguistic, physical, social, spiritual, creative, and emotional development. Studies theories of learning and development of young children, including those of Freud, Erikson, Bowlby, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, and other modern developmentalists. The participants will discuss and work on the pedagogical implications of these theories of development.


Social and behavioral research

"This course in the field of social, cultural and behavioral research focuses on the mutual impact of society and culture on individuals and people in society and culture. Particular attention is paid to human relations and behavior, as it is influenced by social, economic and political institutions, spatial and geographical factors, and the social and cultural events and forces at play in the contemporary world. The domain of this course emphasizes the learning process through the development of theory and the empirical research of the contemporary world. The student will explore issues like poverty and economic opportunity, environment, nationalism, racism, individual alienation, gender differences and the basis of conflict and consensus in complex urban societies and Global relationships."


Music, play, art and movement in the young child

This course will focus on theory, research, methods, and activities of art, play, music, and movement for young children up to 8 years of age. Emphasis will be on integrating the domains of development, creative and critical thinking.


Health, safety, and nutrition of the young child

This course provides a general overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. The participant will understand the roles and responsibilities of adults in the promotion of healthy lifestyle practices, as well as an understanding of common childhood illnesses and injuries. The student will be able to meet health, nutrition and safety standards, and to plan nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child.


Introduction to educational technology

This course will introduce students to an overview of information technology applied to educational and learning processes. The student will also understand the social impact of information technology on the lives of the persons and the societies.


Standards and assessment

"The Advanced Professional Preparation core standards are identical to NAEYC’s Initial Licensure core standards for early childhood programs; but at the advanced level, candidates demonstrate competence at a higher level and with greater depth and specialization. Candidates in advanced programs are also expected to hold an initial license in early childhood education or a closely related field.


Exceptional child: Methods and characteristics

Considers a taxonomy of exceptional children and the different methods and techniques to educate them


Curricular development

This course considers methods and techniques to define and update curricular programs


Evaluation of the Inclusive Adjustments of Young Childhood

The participant will study protocols to help children to be part of a group


Child and family

This course studies the importance of the family in the development of the child


Child Growth and Development

This course studies the different stages in the development of children


Language development in early childhood

The participant of this course will explore the development of the language in the first year of a child.


Children's literature

The participant will study methods to teach Literature to children


Exceptional child: Development and instruction

The participant will study techniques to develop educational techniques for exceptional child


Early Childhood Mathematics and Science Instruction

The participant will study methodologies to teach Mathematics and Science to children


Teaching reading

The participant will study methodologies to teach children how to read


Teaching Strategies and Methodology

This course studies different strategies and methodologies to teach children


Mathematical Structures and Concepts

The participant will study fundaments of mathematics and abstract concepts


Child and family in the urban community

A study of the impact of the urban environment on children and their families.


Appropriate practices for ECE development

The participant will study the best practices for Early Childhood Education


Typical and atypical development of speech and language

The course considers the development of speech and language


Methods of teaching the arts

The participant will study methodologies to teach children how to teach arts to children


Observation and evaluation of children with and without special needs

The course presents different methodologies and techniques to identify children with special needs.


Methods for infants and toddlers

The participant will study methodologies and techniques for infants and toddlers


Pre-school and special education methods

The participant will study methodologies to teach pre-school and special children


Learning and development theory in practice

The course will consider the process of learning and child development in the practice


Family Center Assessment/ Early Intervention

The participant will study methodologies to manage a Family Center Assessment


Introduction to Psychology

An introduction to the study of behavior, human development and research methods and analysis. The importance of language and learning, memory, and intelligence. Survey of personality types, social psychology, and complex decision-making. The role and impact of the Catholic faith on healthy psychological development.



This course covers the basic structures and operations of the human brain. Students will learn about brain development, basic functions, and blood supply, and control of the central nervous system.


Biological bases of human psychology

The participant of the course will study the biological basis for human behavior. An introduction to biopsychology and the role of the nervous and endocrine system’s impact on human emotions, thoughts, and actions. The course will address the intersection between biological and Catholic theological explanation for human nature.


Psychology of childhood and adolescence

A study of human psychological development from infancy through childhood and adolescence. Description and evaluation of principles and theories of development in biological, cognitive, emotional and social spheres.


Personality Theories

Introduction to the history and theories conceptualizing personality types, as well as the review and critical evaluation of major personality theories. The student will study alternative explanations, including Judeo-Christian explanations, of individual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotions.


Language and Thinking

The participant will study the role of language in cognitive and psychological development. The student will learn the stages of language development and the role of community, and especially Roman Catholic faith communities, in language acquisition and psychological formation.


Motivation and Emotion

A study of human instincts, drives and needs, arousal and their sources. The interplay between the biological and spiritual sources of motivation and emotions. The course will address distinctions between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and the role of internal and external factors upon such motivations.



A study of the use of psychological tests and batteries to evaluate intelligence, aptitude, personality, and psychopathology.     Students will utilize basic statistical methods to further refine understanding of testing results and interplay between various psychological aptitudes.


Theory and Techniques Interview

The participant of the course will study the role of the interview in psychological assessment; The course will present theories and techniques in vocational, social, personal, educational and rehabilitative contexts. The course will consider a survey of helping skills and the components of effective interviews, concepts, and methodologies.


General teaching

Study of the nature of learning and how effective teaching leverages human psychological development. Students will study the concepts of grounded cognition, mental modeling, metacognition and the social psychology of the classroom.


Curriculum Design

The participant of the course will explore the importance of academic plans, curriculum models, and design principles. Goal development, the role of assignments, choosing relevant course content, evaluative techniques, feedback, and assessment.


Sociology and Social Thought

Study of human behavior in the community, including an introduction to basic social systems and theories, the importance of Christian/Catholic, and other social institutions, human groups, and interactions. Analyze the impact of Roman Catholicism on important sociological problems.


Human Biological Development

The participant will study an introduction to biological formation and development of the human being. The course will study basic biological processes, including cellular functions, reproduction, development, and a survey of human physiology.


Administration and supervision of Pre-school centers

The participant will study the role and responsibilities of an early childhood center administrator. Special focus will be on program monetary matters, security, space management, curriculum, health and food services, and relations among the public, staff, authorities, and parents.


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Contact/Phone: (773) 523 2420

Accreditation: Quiroga Institute has not received accreditation status with a US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.

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