Courses Offered


ECE. 201 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Examination of the major physical, psychosocial and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. Emphasis on interactions between maturational 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. Also listed as PSYC 201. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (D3, E1).

ECE. 201 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

In-depth exploration of areas and issues of major importance in the field of child development. Focuses on personality, intellectual, social, and physical factors. Theoretical concepts, practical application, and current research are covered. Also listed as PSYC 201. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (D3, E1.)

ECE. 210 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PRINCIPLES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Overview of the history, nature, and goals of Early Childhood Education. Exploration of various program models in ECE, current issues, and long-range trends. Qualifications and training required for teachers of young children. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 211 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CURRICULUM (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age 8. Students will examine a teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include, but not be limited to, language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, and math and science. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 212 CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An overview of contemporary family and community issues influencing childhood. Interactions among the child, family, school, peers, media, and the community are explored. The course focuses on the socialization process, including cultural and ethnic diversity, parenting styles, gender roles, and the role of the community. Community resources available to children and families are also covered. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (D3).


ECE. 213 THE SCHOOL-AGE CHILD (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester.
Relevant and responsible program planning for before- and after-school child care. The developmental needs of the child 6 to 12 years of age (middle childhood), family involvement and implications, and available community resources for systematic out-of-school care for elementary-aged children are included. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 214 CHILD-PARENT RELATIONS (3)

Three lecture hours per week.

Emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of children with an emphasis on a multicultural approach to parent-child relations, diversity of family systems in today's society, and how these influence the developing child. Also listed as FCS 213. Transfer credit: CSU (E1.)


ECE. 223 INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the development of children from birth to three years with an emphasis on social, emotional and physical milestones, early learning and brain development, atypical development, temperament, child behavior, and behavior issues related to varied impairments, and the importance of family partnerships. It covers trends in early care and education, the variances of child abilities between children and due to developmental delays and the influences of families and the environment. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 225 INFANT/TODDLER ENVIRONMENTS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introduction to the design, maintenance and evaluation of quality infant/toddler and early intervention environments for children birth to three years of age. Emphasis is placed on the California State Department of Education “Infant Toddler Learning and Development Program Guidelines.” Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 240 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION: BUSINESS/LEGAL (3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836 or ENGL 846 or equivalent, plus the 12 ECE core units.

An overview of the business aspects of caring for children in early childhood settings and its social, political and economic implications. Included are the legal and regulatory requirements for early childhood settings, laws relating to child care, and facets of business and fiscal management. This course is open to all students but is specifically designed for those needing to meet state licensing requirements for ECE Program Directors. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 241 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION: HUMAN RELATIONS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent, plus the 12 ECE core units.
Focus on the human relations components of operating an early childhood setting and the social, political and economic implications for ECE professionals and parents. Other topics include staffing, supervision, licenses and/or credentials for staff, assessment and evaluation, state and federal regulations governing employment, issues in ECE, and parent involvement. This course is open to all students but is specifically designed for those needing to meet state licensing requirements for ECE Program Directors. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 242 ADULT SUPERVISION IN ECE/CD CLASSROOMS (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 32 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A study of the methods and principles of supervising student teachers, assistant teachers, parents, and volunteers in ECE education settings. Emphasis is on the role of classroom teachers who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents, and other staff. Although this course is open to all students, it is specifically designed for those needing to meet state licensing requirements for ECE Masters Teachers, Site Directors, and Program Directors. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 244 PREKINDERGARTEN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A review of the criteria for high quality prekindergarten/preschool experiences for young children. Students will examine program and curriculum guidelines that are necessary in order to support children’s emerging foundational skills and their transition to kindergarten. Topics covered include the political, economic, developmental and current issues related to kindergarten readiness and later school success. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 260 CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An overview of the issues related to children with special needs. Special needs refer to physical, sensory, communicative and behavioral disabilities. Additional topics include a historical perspective, current laws and legislation, inclusion practices in early childhood education settings, and appropriate community resources. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 261 EARLY INTERVENTION PRACTICES (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: ECE. 260 or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Major elements of Early Intervention programs for children birth to three years, with an emphasis on partnerships with families, assessment, health and safety issues, typical and atypical development, and the individual family school plan (IFSP) process, Infant-Toddler learning foundations and the referral process are included. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 262 INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY SUPPORT: BUILDING RESPECTFUL PARTNERSHIPS (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or equivalent.

An overview of family support programs within early childhood education. Included will be a historical perspective, family support principles and effective communication guides between families, child care providers, teachers and community agencies. This course is one of two (with ECE. 264) for a specialization for Master Teacher on the Child Development Permit matrix. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 263 Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: ECE. 260 or equivalent; and eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or equivalent.
Focus on practical applications of best practices in Early Childhood Special Education. Topics covered include curriculum modification strategies to facilitate the development of cognitive, motor, social, emotional and language skills in young children with special needs (preschool, TK, and kindergarten age). Specific course foci include developing positive behavior management plans, collaborative teaching, integrative lesson planning that embed intervention strategies across routines and activities in both inclusive and self-contained classrooms, and methods for working with and parents of young children with special needs.  Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 264 THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE FAMILY (3)

Three lecture hours per week. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836 and READ 836, or ENGL 846, or equivalent.

An overview of the life cycle of the family. The course bridges individual and family development with cultural and social perspectives. Emphasis is on the diversity within contemporary families and the establishment of family support programs. This course is one of two (with ECE. 262) for a specialization for Master Teacher on the Child Development Permit matrix. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 270 INTRODUCTION TO INFANT/TODDLER CHILD CARE (3)

Three lecture hours per week.

This course will focus on caring for infants and toddlers in group child care settings. Topics will include: social-emotional growth and development, routines and environments, language development, physical development, cognitive development, and caring for infants and toddlers in the context of family and culture. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 272 TEACHING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Examination of the development of social identities in diverse societies, including theoretical and practical implications of culture, ethnicity, stereotyping and bias as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse sociatey. Course includes self-examination and reflection on issues relate to social identity, stereotypes and bias. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 273 SUPPORTING YOUNG BILINGUAL LEARNERS (1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Satisfactory completion of ECE./PSYC 201 and ECE. 211, or equivalent.
Focus on practical and research-based strategies for supporting dual language learners in developing a strong literacy base in both English and their home languages. Students will learn about evidence-based strategies that can enhance children’s sense of identity and self-esteem; factors shown through research to influence the quality of children’s learning experiences and therefore their future academic success. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 275 CHILDREN’S LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A concentration on children’s language and literacy development in early childhood settings with diverse learners. Primary topic areas are: the building blocks of language and literacy development including oral language, phonological awareness, alphabet knowledge and print awareness; meaningful social conversations including language involved in peer interactions; the process of second language acquisition; culturally inclusive teacher-family partnerships; and culturally and linguistically responsive classroom strategies for supporting children’s language and literacy development. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 311 CHILDREN'S NUTRITION (1)

A total of 16 lecture hours. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 836.

This course is designed to assist the parents of young children to develop an understanding of how nutrition contributes to mental and physical growth. The student will learn ways to teach these principles to young children. Simple food preparation techniques and an examination of current literature. Also listed as FCS 311. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 314 HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. Also listed as HSCI 314. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 333 OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Focus on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children’s success. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools are explored. Required course for the ECE Certificate and A.S. Degree program; also useful for Psychology and other Social Science majors who will be observing human behavior. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 335 CHILD GUIDANCE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
An introductory course in child guidance and discipline for teachers, caregivers and parents provides an overview of the complexity of children’s behavior and how to address it constructively. Theories and trends concerning child guidance are introduced to help students understand the purposes for children’s behavior. Students will gain a developmental outlook on children, increase their repertoire of strategies in how they interact with them, explore methods of planning and setting goals for children, and evaluate their behavior through observation. Emphasis on the important relationship between child development and guidance strategies and the value of play as it relates to children’s learning. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 339 SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
This course assists early childhood professionals and parents in understanding and addressing children's challenging behaviors. The main areas of focus will be defining challenging behaviors, exploring prevention and intervention strategies, and understanding the behavioral planning process. The teaching pyramid will be presented as a model for promoting children's social emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors. This course, along with ECE. 335, is required for a Master Teacher specialization, as noted in the Child Development Permit matrix. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 360 ADVOCACY IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD FIELD (1)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A focus on the importance of advocacy for early childhood professionals to improve the lives of children, to determine how the public and public policies affect the field of education, and to realize the need of a strong united voice to foster change. The course includes an introduction to labor organizing and information on the path of legislation. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 366 PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours and 96 lab hours/semester.  Prerequisite: ECE. 201, ECE. 210, ECE. 211 and ECE. 212. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision at approved sites. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. It is required for the ECE certificate and AS degree program, meets the supervised teaching requirement for the California State Child Development teaching permit, and provides student teaching experience in qualified settings that serve children from infancy through middle childhood. Placements at approved sites only. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 367 PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: SPECIAL TOPICS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade)

Minimum of 16 lecture hours and 96 lab hours/semester. Prerequisite: ECE. 201, ECE. 210, ECE. 260 and ECE. 263, or equivalent. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Required for the ECSE certificate; meets the supervised teaching requirement for the California State CD teaching permit, and provides student teaching experience in qualified settings that serve children from infancy through middle childhood. Transfer credit: CSU.


ECE. 665 SELECTED TOPICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (.5 or 1 or 1.5 or 2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 8 lecture hours for each .5 unit.
This course is designed to develop specific skills that are utilized in Early Childhood Education environments. The course will focus on one specific topic; for example, multicultural curriculum, techniques to foster sense of community, selecting a preschool, handling behavior problems, working with parents, etc. Transfer credit: CSU.

ECE. 665SK SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS (SELF) - PART I (1.0)

This two-part course, offered during Fall and Spring semesters, will support early childhood educators in better defining, understanding, preventing and planning for challenging behaviors. The main areas of focus will be on defining challenging behavior, learning why children misbehave, exploring prevention and intervention strategies, and following a child through the behavioral planning process with use of real classroom footage. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 665SL SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS (SELF) - PART II (1.0)

This two-part course, offered during Fall and Spring semesters, will support early childhood educators in better defining, understanding, preventing and planning for challenging behaviors. The main areas of focus will be on defining challenging behavior, learning why children misbehave, exploring prevention and intervention strategies, and following a child through the behavioral planning process with use of real classroom footage. Transfer: CSU.


ECE. 804 ENGLISH FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Recommended: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in ESOL 830, or ESOL 863 and ESOL 873, or eligibility for ESOL 840, or equivalent.
Basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in standard English within the context of child care. Intended for parents, grandparents, child care providers, and preschool teachers who are learning English as a second language. Also listed as ESOL 804. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)

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