Supporting Learning in the Kindergarten Year

ECED 417 (3.0) Online – Course Outline


Assignment 1: Online discussion
Assignment 2: Designing an Ideal Early Years Environment
Assignment 3: Final Project


Designing environments, experiences, activities, instruction and assessment to foster children’s learning in the Kindergarten year. (UBC Calendar)

Prerequisites: One of ECED 405; or ECED 416; or teaching experience; or successful completion of extended practicum.

ECED 417 is a core course for the Certificate in Kindergarten Instruction. It is an elective course for the Diploma in Education – Early Years Education.


The course reflects the Faculty of Education’s commitment to preparing teachers who are knowledgeable, skillful, flexible and compassionate in their professional practice, and who will be guided by a sense of social and ethical responsibility in relation to their students and the wider society.

You will learn about:

  • The role of Kindergarten in terms of schooling and society
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • The design of a child centered Kindergarten class (routines, play and centres)
  • Issue of school “readiness”
  • Communication with families and resources to support communidation
  • Types of assessment practices
  • Programmatic approaches to Kindergarten (e.g. Montessori, Reggio, etc.)
  • Current educational issues

A balance of activities for learning is vital so that we meet everyone’s needs in some way. You will be encouraged to take part in weekly discussions and activities; watch online videos, explore websites, learn from PowerPoint Presentations and information provided by the instructor, and share resources, materials and ideas with peers. 

Active participation is mandatory for this course. You will be successful only if you are involved on a regular basis and make connections with other classmates and the instructor. This means students are expected to engage actively in the learning experiences in the virtual classroom, in course readings and assignments, and in making connections to related school experiences on a regular basis for the term of the course.


In lieu of a formal text for the course, a variety of BC Ministry of Education documents, websites, articles and excerpts from texts are used. Download the following materials for all classes and become familiar with them:

Full Day Kindergarten

Primary Years: The Primary Program: A Framework for Teaching

BC Ministry of Education Kindergarten – Grade 9 Curriculum

Canadian Association for Young Children (CAYC)

  • Read: Philosophy Statement; Positions Statements: Play Statement – Complete; Positions Statements: Play Statement for School Age Children.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children

  • Read the Position Statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.

There is no textbook required.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to


Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: April 19, 2017