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Dr. Josh Thompson (he/him)

Professor Early Childhood Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Office Location: EdSouth 204

Office Hours: By appointment

Phone: 903-886-5537


Professional Vita

ECE 366 Learning Environments

Course Description: This course assists students in planning, designing, and evaluating environments for young children. Early childhood organization, management, procedures, and physical facilities are explored along with a survey of materials and equipment.


Required Textbooks:

NAEYC. (2020). Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children. Available online:

Kostelnik, M., Soderman, A. K., Whiren, A. P., & Rupiper, M. (2019). Developmentally appropriate curriculum: Best practices in early childhood education (7th ed.). London, UK: Pearson. (previous editions are welcome, digital e-textbook is fine, no need for any enhanced text or lab component).

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Resource Links:
Stanković-Ramirez, Z. & Thompson, J. (2018). Rethinking developmental domains to improve classroom observations. Texas Child Care Quarterly, 42(2), 20-27. Available online
Power to the Profession
Boys in School
I am a Montessorian, certified by American Montessori Society, a trainer with Dallas Montessori Teacher Education Program, and a Montessori parent and grandparent,, and
Observation of children learning

Rubrics for ECE 366.rtf

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