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ECED 2390 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ECED 2390 - Creative Development

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course provides strategies for promoting creative development of the young child ages birth through eight. The topics studied in this course include understanding the concept of creativity – what it is, why it is important, and how the development of creativity relates to art, music, movement and drama. Field experience is required.

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the developmental theories of creativity as they relate to the areas of child development. (1a)
  2. Identify developmental levels and stages of art for young children. (1a)
  3. Develop strategies for stimulating creativity, including questioning, problem-solving, group activities, and socio-dramatic play for use throughout an integrated curriculum. (4b,5b,5c)
  4. Design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities dealing with creative and expressive arts for children ages birth through age eight, utilizing a variety of materials, resources, technology, and art media using a multicultural perspective. (4b,5b,5c)
  5. Develop a teaching philosophy of creative and expressive art. (6d)
  6. Demonstrate effective strategies for involving families in supporting creative development in young children. (2b,2c)

The following NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation are addressed in this course and are linked above to course objectives:

Standard 1:Promoting Child Development and Learning
1a. Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs

Standard 2:Building Family and Community Relationships
2b. Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships
2c. Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning

Standard 4:Using Developmentally Effective Approaches to Connect with Children and Families
4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.

Standard 5:Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
5b. Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines
5c. Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.

Standard 6:Becoming a Professional
6d. Integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early childhood education

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:
  • Theories that support creative development in young children
  • Fostering creativity and aesthetics in children birth through age eight
  • Planning and implementing creative and expressive activities
  • Art development, and creativity
  • Creative environments
  • Family involvement
  • Multicultural and anti-bias activities in planning for creative expression
  • Creative problem solving
Specific Course Requirements:

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards
Tennessee Department of Education Curriculum Standards K-12: Fine Arts
Fine Arts: Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Art

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Testing will be completed online within the Course Management System.

Grading Procedures:

Detailed instructions and grading criteria (grading rubrics) will be provided for each assignment. The grading rubrics will be used to award points earned for student work. It is expected that students follow instructions carefully, study the grading criteria, and ask questions if they do not understand an assignment.

Grading Scale:
PercentagePoint RangeAssigned Grade
90 – 100%576 -640 PointsA
80 – 89%512 – 575 PointsB
70 – 79%448 – 511 PointsC
60 – 69%384 – 447 PointsD
0 – 59%Under 384 PointsF


Assignments and Projects:


  • Plan, implement, and document a three-dimensional art construction experience for a child or small group of children.
  • Plan, implement, and document a music experience for a child or a small group of children.
  • Plan, implement, and document a creative drama experience for a child or small group of children.
  • Design a family newsletter on a creative development topic or topics.

Module Assignments:
Students will begin the course by reading the "Getting Started" Module and completing the Getting Started assignments. There are eight learning modules in the course. Students will complete the following assignments to enhance learning in each module:

  • Reading assignments
  • Participation in the Discussion forum to share perspectives, teaching strategies, and selected creative development materials with classmates
  • Completion of fieldwork activities including web explorations and activities that involve interaction with children, families, and teachers
  • Writing a summary and reflection.

Students will complete a midterm and a final exam. The midterm will be a multiple choice and essay test on the content in Modules 1 through Module 4. The final exam will be a written philosophy of creativity.

Graded Items

Getting Started Assignments20
Fieldwork Assignments (8 @ 20 Points)160
Class Discussion Activities (8 @10 Points)80
Summary and Reflection (8 @10 Points)80
3-D Art Construction Experience50
Music Experience50
Creative Drama Experience50
Family Newsletter50
Midterm Exam50
Philosophy of Creativity (Final Exam)50
Total Points640


Class Participation:

Students must participate in all interactive aspects of the course. Students are expected to log into the course at least 3 times each week. Students must communicate with other students through email, are expected to communicate with the instructor as a learning resource, must check the course bulletin board frequently for announcements, and must actively participate in threaded discussion events.

Late Policy:

Each course module has specific elements that need to be accomplished, generally during a week's time frame. Each module builds on the materials in the previous weeks. Therefore, students should work on the material in the order given in the schedule of assignments. With the exception of the midterm exam, there are no specific days or times that a student must participate. Students can work on this course at a time of day best suited to their needs.

Assignments are due on Central Time and due dates can be found under Calendar. To receive full credit, assignments must be handed in on time. See the Late Policy in Course Ground Rules.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017