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Course Descriptions ECE

ECE 295 Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

ECE 300 Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 120

This course is an introduction to early childhood education, including an overview of the history of the field, evolution of professional practices and ethics, educational principles that support child development from birth through the school-age years, and teaching practices based on observation, documentation, and interpretation of children’s behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Differentiate between philosophies of early childhood education in regards to assumptions about how young children learn and how early childhood teachers should teach.

ECE 304 Family to Family: Introduction to Family Child Care

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course is an orientation to Family Child Care including local regulations, health and safety, curriculum, behavior management, and business requirements of in-home child care services.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

identify the components of a successful and developmentally appropriate, licensed Family Child Care Facility.

ECE 312 Child Development

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 101 or 103; or ESLL 320, ESLR 320, and ESLW 320.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID CDEV 100

This course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception to adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturation processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Analyze major developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive and language development using research based methodologies.

ECE 314 The Child, the Family and the Community

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 101 or 103; or ESLL 320, ESLR 320, ESLW 320.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID CDEV 110

This course is a historical and current examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community. The process of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Analyze theories of socialization that address the interrelationship of child, family and community.

ECE 320 Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education

Units: 4

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ECE 300 and 312 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: ECE 326

Enrollment Limitation:

Under California law (Title 22) any persons working directly with children must provide proof of current Tuberculosis clearance and provide any required proof of immunizations (currently: measles, pertussis, and influenza/influenza waiver).

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 130

This course provides supervised experience working with children in an early childhood setting. Topics include principles of curriculum development, classroom design, and child guidance, with the opportunity to apply these key teaching principles in practical situations. This course is approved as the required programs and curriculum core course specified in Title 22 of the Health and Safety
Code of the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division and Title 5 Department of Education regulations. Before beginning lab assignments, students must show proof of TB clearance and documentation of all required vaccinations.
(C-ID ECE 130)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply developmentally appropriate principles and practices to support young children’s optimal development and learning within healthy, safe, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments.

ECE 321 Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education

Units: 4

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ECE 300, 312, 320, and 326 with grades of "C" or better

Enrollment Limitation:

Under California law (Title 22) any persons working directly with children must provide proof of current Tuberculosis clearance and provide any required proof of immunizations (currently: measles, pertussis, and influenza/influenza waiver).

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 210

The advanced practicum course provides supervised experience for students as teachers in an early childhood education program and is aimed at building leadership in the areas of developing environments for learning, child observation and assessment, documentation of children's work, guiding behavior, group management, collaborative teaching, supporting relationships with families, and effective preparation and implementation of curriculum. In an early childhood setting and under the guidance of a mentor teacher, students will build on introductory experiences offered in Introduction to Curriculum. Students will be assigned to the campus child development centers or centers with approved mentor teachers for the supervised laboratory experience. Lecture and laboratory components provide opportunities to plan, provision, and supervise the overall learning setting. Course work is aimed at mastering classroom leadership in the areas of child observation, documentation of children's work, child assessment, guidance of behavior, group management, collaborative teaching and effective oversight of long-term study projects. Before beginning lab assignments, students must show proof of TB clearance and documentation of all required vaccinations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO# 1: Appraise philosophies, principles, and practices of early childhood education that are formulated from research-based theories of how young children learn within a social and cultural context.

ECE 322 Promoting Children's Social Competence

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course focuses on early childhood guidance and discipline through examination of theories, research and practical application for teachers in early childhood classrooms and families. The course includes strategies for understanding and responding to children's behavior in ways that are congruent with the core values of early childhood education. Concepts of guidance relating to typical and atypical development, culture, and environment will be presented. Developmental stages of children's behavior, positive guidance strategies and teaching social-emotional skills are included.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Integrate research based knowledge of child development theories and practices to support social-emotional development of young children.

ECE 326 Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 200

This course applies critical and reflective thinking to observation and assessment of young children’s development. It also prepares teachers of young children to use observation, documentation, and interpretation strategies to improve program quality in early childhood settings. Multiple forms of child assessment and early childhood program assessment are explored.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Appraise the purpose, value, and use of formal and informal assessments, including ethical and legal concerns.

ECE 330 Infant and Toddler Development

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course covers infant development from conception through three years of age. Students will apply current research to the preparation for conception, birth, and raising children in the first three years of life. Students will learn strategies for caring for infants at each developmental stage. This course is for parents or professionals working with infants in health fields, education, or social services.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Analyze early growth and development from conception to thirty-six months.

ECE 331 Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 312 or 330 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course applies current research in infant development to the teaching and care of infants in group settings. Early childhood education principles and practices are emphasized in the application of care and education of infants from birth to three years of age. Students will learn strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating group care programs for infants and toddlers.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Demonstrate an understanding of essential policies and practices of quality infant and toddler programs.

ECE 342 Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

The course is an introduction to the constructivist approach to teaching pre-math and science in early childhood education. The content and teaching techniques support the perspective that children construct knowledge through a dynamic, interactive process that facilitates their development of working theories relating to math and science.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Examine how young children learn mathematics and science concepts based on the knowledge of relevant research and child development.

ECE 343 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course will prepare current or future early childhood educators and caregivers to understand and enhance the emergent literacy experiences of young children. The knowledge of developmentally appropriate literacy practices will improve the early childhood educators' abilities to prepare children from birth to age 5 for reading and writing in the primary grades.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO # 1: Describe developmental patterns in early literacy learning and research-based teaching practices that help children build a foundation for rich vocabularies and language fluency for reading and writing.

ECE 350 Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ECE 312

Enrollment Limitation:

Under California laws (Title 22 and Title 5) any persons working directly with children have to give proof of current Tuberculosis clearance.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID EDUC 200

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools, Kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Course content includes teaching as a profession and career, historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system, contemporary educational issues, California's content standards and frameworks, and teacher performance standards, as well as observation skills, communication skills, diversity and social issues. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 scheduled hours of structured fieldwork in public elementary school classrooms that represent California's diverse student population, and includes cooperation with campus-approved certificated classroom teachers. Students' fieldwork experiences will integrate and apply the course content. Before beginning field placement, students must show proof of TB clearance.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Examine the process of becoming an elementary school teacher.

ECE 356 Programs for the School-Age Child

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This program will present the fundamentals of planning, implementing and evaluating programs for before- and after-school care of school-age children (K-6). Course emphasis is on developmental levels, age-appropriate activities and day-to-day program operation. A field trip may be utilized to enhance classroom instruction.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Appraise the quality of school-age programs

ECE 365 Creative Projects and Experiences for Young Children

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

This course prepares teachers in early childhood education with strategies for promoting children's creativity through experiential projects and experiences. The focus will be on observing children's natural ways of exploring their environment and on the learning strategies needed to facilitate and document children's learning and emerging skills. Students will evaluate and design creative early childhood environments which promote a project approach and a Reggio Emilia perspective.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO # 1 Define and apply the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

ECE 402 Infants with Atypical Development

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course will examine the developmental characteristics, assessment techniques, methods of intervention, natural environments, community and family resources, and current issues of the atypical infant from birth through age three. Students will understand and practice the early intervention techniques the very young children with special needs and disabilities require in the developmental areas of sensory stimulation and integration, gross and fine motor control, cognitive, language, social and self-help skills. The course will explore the community services and agencies that offer family support as well as the laws related to the atypical infant/toddler. Career and vocational opportunities in the fields related to special needs infant/toddlers and the various roles of the multi-disciplinary teams that develop the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be examined.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Access and apply current research knowledge related to how infants develop.

ECE 404 Children with Special Needs

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the characteristics, assessment techniques, methods of intervention, natural environments , community and family resources, and current issues of children from birth to adolescence with diverse abilities and disabilities. The focus is to increase the awareness and understanding of individual needs and strengths in an early childhood and after-school setting. Focus on full inclusion as a support to development will be emphasized. Observations in public and private children's centers, schools and agencies are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Appraise the self-identity of children with diverse abilities.

ECE 415 Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 220

The key components that ensure the health, safety, and nutrition of both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Students will be introduced to early childhood curriculum, regulations, standards, policies and procedures related to child health, safety and nutrition. Course emphasis is placed on integrating and maintaining the optimal health, safety, and nutritional concepts in everyday planning and program development for all children, including injury prevention, accident reporting, infectious diseases control, sanitation and emergency procedures and evacuation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO# 1: Assess strategies to maximize the mental and physical health of children and adults in programs for all young children in accordance with culturally, linguistically and developmentally sound practices.

ECE 420 Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 300 and 312 with grades of "C" or better

Advisory: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This is an introductory course in the elements of program planning, budgeting, supervision and personnel administration for public and private centers and schools serving young children.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Recognize, identify, and appraise the components and measures of quality early care and education programs.

ECE 422 Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 300 and 312 with grades of "C" or better

Advisory: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This is an advanced course in administration and coordination of multi-faceted Child Development Programs. The emphasis of the course will be on publicly funded programs and personnel management. This course meets the requirements of the Education Code under Title 5, and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Recognize, identify, and appraise the components and measures of quality child care programs.

ECE 424 Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting

Units: 2

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This course is a study of the methods and principles of collaborative learning, with emphasis on supervising adults working in early care and education centers. Special attention is placed on the role of a mentor as a reflective practitioner who is open to professional development and who has a keen understanding of classroom practice that is effective and supports individual strengths for children, families and colleagues. This course satisfies the adult supervision requirement for receiving a supervising teacher permit from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO# 1: Analyze the role and responsibilities of a mentor in an early childhood setting.

ECE 430 Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID ECE 230

This course covers culturally responsive care and education in early childhood settings. It includes the study of socio-cultural, and political issues as they vary across the diverse cultures represented in the classroom and how they impact a child's development. Included are strategies for helping children negotiate and resolve conflicts caused by cultural differences, with a focus on using an anti-bias approach in the classroom. The contribution of historically underrepresented groups to society will be addressed with the intention of promoting the concepts of equality, justice and inclusion for all aspects of human diversity (culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and age). Teaching strategies which prevent and eliminate the development of prejudice and racism in growing children will be covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO # 1: Compare and contrast theories and identify ways in which cultural and family patterns affect children’s behavior and identity.

ECE 494 Topics in Early Childhood Education

Units: 0.5 - 4

Hours: 9 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must verify paid registration to the conference.

Transferable: CSU

Designed to give students an opportunity to study topics in Early Childhood Education which are not included in current course offerings. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Management of Family Day Care Homes; Guidance of the Special Child in Everyday Living; Behavior and Discipline; Children in Crisis; The Single Parent Family; and Cross-Cultural Experiences with Children and Families.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Assess childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle

ECE 495 Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

ECE 498 Work Experience in Early Childhood Education

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Early Childhood Education.

Transferable: CSU

This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED TO ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)