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ECE. 191 Children's Literature (3 units)
An overview of the body of world literature deemed appropriate and enriching for children from infancy to adolescence. The course is designed to impart knowledge about practical experience in presenting age-appropriate literature to children and youth. Theory and analyses of discerning literary genres, criteria for selection, and techniques for using classic and contemporary literature with young people. Also listed as LIT. 191.
ECE. 201 Child Development (3 units)
Examines the progression of development in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains and identifies developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence. Emphasis on interactions between biological processes and environmental factors. Students will observe children, evaluate individual differences, and analyze characteristics of development at various stages according to developmental theories. Also listed as PSYC 201.
ECE. 210 Early Childhood Education Principles (3 units)
Historical contexts and theoretical perspectives of developmentally appropriate practice in early care and education for children birth through age eight. Explores the typical roles and expectations of early childhood educators. Identifies professional ethics, career pathways, and professional standards. Introduces best practices for developmentally appropriate learning environments, curriculum, and effective pedagogy for young children including how play contributes to children's learning, growth, and development.
ECE. 211 Early Childhood Education Curriculum (3 units)
Developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for children birth through age eight. Students will use knowledge of children’s development, theories of learning and development, and examples from various models of developmentally appropriate practice to plan environments and curriculum in all content areas to support children’s development and learning integrated throughout indoor and outdoor settings.
ECE. 212 Child, Family and Community (3 units)
An examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.
ECE. 223 Infant and Toddler Development (3 units)
A study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Emphasizes the role of the family and relationships in development.
ECE. 225 Care and Education for Infants and Toddlers (3 units)
Applies current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Examines essential policies, principles, and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children from birth to 36 months.
ECE. 240 ECE Administration I: Business/Legal (3 units)
Introduction to the administration of early childhood programs. Covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures. Examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open, and operate an early care and education program.
ECE. 241 ECE Administration II: Personnel and Leadership (3 units)
Development of effective strategies for personnel, management, and leadership in early care and education settings. Includes legal and ethical responsibilities, supervision techniques, professional development, and reflective practices for a diverse and inclusive early care and education program.
ECE. 242 Adult Supervision and Mentoring (2 units)
Study of the methods and principles of supervising student teachers, volunteers, staff, and other professionals in early care and education settings. Emphasis is on the roles and development of early childhood professionals as mentors and leaders.
ECE. 260 Children with Special Needs (3 units)
Introduces the variations in development of children with special needs ages birth through eight and the resulting impact on families. Includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process.
ECE. 263 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs (3 units)
Covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs in partnership with their families. Focuses on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. Includes the role of the teacher as a professional working with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, and cultural competence.
ECE. 272 Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 units)
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 society. Course includes self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias.
ECE. 273 Effective Programming for Dual Language Learners (1 units)
The second course in a two course sequence that focuses on practical and research-based instructional and programmatic strategies that support a strong language and literacy base in both English and the children’s home language and make learning accessible for young dual language learners. Students will learn about Planned Language Approach (PLA), Classroom Language Models (CLMs), Personalized Oral Language Learning (POLL) principles and strategies, and program self-assessments.
ECE. 314 Health, Safety, and Nutrition for Young Children (3 units)
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.
ECE. 331 The Role of the Teacher (1 units)
Overview of the factors that contribute to success and satisfaction in teaching. Topics include: personal characteristics of teachers; stages of teacher development; teaching responsibilities; career opportunities; professional development; and the benefits of professional affiliations.
ECE. 333 Observation and Assessment (3 units)
The appropriate use of assessment and observation tools and strategies to document young children’s development and learning. Emphasizes use of findings to inform and plan learning environments and experiences. Students practice recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools, along with opportunities to partner with families and professionals. It is a required core course for the ECE certificate and AS degree.
ECE. 366 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3 units)
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students 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, assessment, and knowledge of curriculum content are emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. Meets the supervised teaching requirement for the CA State Child Development Teaching Permit and provides student teaching experience in qualified settings that serves children from infancy through middle childhood.
ECE. 367 Practicum in Early Childhood Special Education (3 units)
A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision in an inclusive or special education setting. 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 CA State CD teaching permit, and provides student teaching experience in qualified settings that serve children from infancy through middle childhood.
ECE. 665 Selected Topics in Early Childhood Education (0.5- 2 units)
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.
ECE. 670 Vocational Cooperative Education in Early Childhood Education (1- 4 units)
Students may receive credit for work experience related to their major field or to their established career goal. Seminars and individual conferences are scheduled at convenient times during the semester for the instructor and the student to establish learning objectives related to the student's employment. Students are given appropriate assignments related to the stated objectives and graded in accordance with the college's established grading system. As an alternative, related instruction classes meeting one hour per week, usually in the evening, are available for those students who prefer or need a more structured learning process. One unit of credit for each 75 hours worked per semester, with a maximum of four units per semester, may be earned by students with jobs related to their academic or occupational majors or goals. May be repeated for credit up to 16 units. This limitation applies to Occupational Cooperative Education work experience courses offered within the SMCCCD.
ECE. 695 Independent Study in Early Childhood Education (0.5- 3 units)
Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.
|Elementary Teacher Education for Transfer||AA-T||60 Units|
|Early Childhood Education||AS||60 Units|
|Early Childhood Education for Transfer||AS-T||60 Units|
|Early Childhood Education||CA||24 Units|
|Early Childhood Special Education||CA||24 Units|
|Children With Special Needs Area of Specialization||SC||8 Units|
|Early Childhood Education Administration||CC||8 Units|
|Infant/Toddler Care Area of Specialization||SC||8 Units|
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Analyze major developmental milestones and various theoretical frameworks that relate to early care and education to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the early years as well as the many influences on development
- Identify best teaching and care practices and the components of early childhood settings, curriculum, and teaching strategies to increase child growth and competence.
- Assess the interrelationship of child, family, and community and how educational, political, socioeconomic factors directly impact the lives of children and families.