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ECE. 191 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE I (C-ID ENGL 180)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course introduces representative works of children's literature including the following genres: Traditional (folklore, myths, fables, epics, legends, fairytales), picture books, modern fantasy and science fiction. The course develops a student's close reading and analytical writing skills while promoting an understanding of how quality children's literature experiences contribute to children's literacy skills. Included are guides for selecting and evaluating children's literature and related literacy experiences from infancy to adolescence. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 192 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE II

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: A survey of children’s literature including the following genres: poetry, multicultural books, informational books and biography, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. Emphasis is placed on understanding how quality children’s literature experiences contribute to children’s literacy skills. The course introduces controversies, trends and issues related to children’s literature and developmentally appropriate strategies for encouraging children’s response to literature (infancy to adolescence). Transfer: CSU: C2.

ECE. 201 CHILD DEVELOPMENT (C-ID CDEV 100)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

ECE. 210 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PRINCIPLES (C-ID ECE 120)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 211 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CURRICULUM (C-ID ECE 130)

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: An overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age six. Students 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 include but not be limited to: language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math and science. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 212 CHILD, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (C-ID CDEV 110)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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 are highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. (Fulfills Associate degree Ethnic Studies requirement.) Transfer: CSU: DSI, UC. (IGETC: 4)

ECE. 213 THE SCHOOL AGE CHILD

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: The focus of this course is relevant and responsible program planning for before and after school childcare. Also presented are the developmental needs of the child 6-12 years (middle childhood) and family involvement in childcare and the social and economic implications, and available community resources for childcare. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 223 INFANT/TODDLER DEVELOPMENT

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: In this course major emphasis is placed on the developmental trends, abilities, and influences of behavior during the first three years of life and their social implications. Also presented is the establishment of environments which respond to infant needs. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 225 INFANT/TODDLER ENVIRONMENTS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Covers the design, maintenance and evaluation of quality environments for children during the first three years of life. The course should be of interest to caregivers, teachers, ECE/CD students and parents. Accreditation guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for infant/toddler programs are included. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 240 ADMINISTRATION I: BUSINESS/LEGAL

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): ECE. 201, 210, 211 and 212.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 241 ADMINISTRATION II: PERSONNEL AND LEADERSHIP

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): ECE. 201, 210, 211 and 212.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 242 ADULT SUPERVISION AND MENTORING

Units (Grade Option) 2; Class Hours: 32-36 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): ECE. 201, 210, 211 and 212.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 244 PREKINDERGARTEN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT GUIDELINES

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Reviews criteria for the provision of high quality prekindergarten/preschool experiences for young children. Early child development foundation skills and the design of appropriate learning environments are key topics. Issues examined are developmental, political and economic including school readiness, and school success. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 247 FOUNDATIONS FOR SCHOOL SUCCESS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Reviews criteria for curriculum and program planning to prepare children to transition from preschool into kindergarten/early elementary grades. Topics covered include: strategies for parent engagement; play-infused curriculum design to support development in all domains/subject areas; kindergarten expectations and curriculum alignment; current research, policies and issues. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 249 LEADERSHIP IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Units (Grade Option) 2; Class Hours: 32-36 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Leadership is examined from both theoretical and practical perspectives. An overview of leadership roles, responsibilities and skills necessary for excellence in early childhood education programs, including the importance of inclusion, diversity and reflective practice. While learning about leadership theories, students explore the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC), Advanced Program Standards as a framework for developing the necessary skills and strategies. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 254 TEACHING IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY (C-ID ECE 230)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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 are 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. (Fulfills Associate degree Ethnic Studies requirement.) Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 260 CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

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

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Overview of Family Support programs within Early Childhood Education. Included is a historical perspective, Family Support principles, and effective communication guides between families, childcare providers, teachers, and community agencies. This course is one of two (ECE. 264, other course) for a specialization for Master Teacher on the Child Development Permit matrix. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 264 THE LIFE CYCLE OF THE FAMILY (Also HMSV 264)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Overview of the life cycle of the family. It bridges individual and family development with cultural and social perspectives. The emphasis is on the diversity within contemporary families and the establishment of family support programs. This course is one of two (ECE. 262, other course) for a specialization for Master Teacher on the Child Development Permit Matrix. Transfer: CSU: DSI.

ECE. 313 HEALTH, SAFETY AND NUTRITION (C-ID ECE 220)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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 are identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for children. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 331 THE ROLE OF THE TEACHER

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 333 OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): ECE. 201.

Description: This course focuses 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. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 335 CHILD GUIDANCE

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This introductory course in child guidance and discipline for teachers, caregivers and parents gives 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 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. The course emphasizes the important relationship between child development and guidance strategies and the value of play as it relates to children’s learning. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 362 COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: The focus of this course is effective communication skills needed by early childhood teachers and professionals when communicating with parents. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 363 MENTAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Examines children's problem-solving skills and mental development from four perspectives, including curriculum implications: Piaget (High/Scope); Montessori (same); Vygotsky (constructivist); and Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia). Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 366 PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (C-ID ECE 210)

Units (Letter grade) 3; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture/96-108 by arrangement lab hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): ECE. 210, 211, 212, and 333; Placements at approved sites only under the direct supervision of an individual who holds a Master Teacher Permit or higher, issued by the CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Description: 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, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas 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 serve children from infancy through middle childhood. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 382 MALE INVOLVEMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

Units (Grade Option) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Examines the importance of men in the lives of children. The course reviews barriers and issues concerning male involvement in early childhood and how to positively encourage men to be involved with children. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 384 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF FAMILY CHILD CARE

Units (Grade Option) 3; Class Hours: 48-54 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: This course focuses on the principles and policies related to child care in home-based settings; it examines child care in the home as a small business. The course is designed for those already caring for children in their homes and for those considering this as an option in the child care profession. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 680CJ TEACHING PHONOLOGICAL AWARENESS SKILLS TO YOUNG CHILDREN

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836, and ENGL 836 or 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: Students learn how to guide preschool children's understanding of phonological awareness. The teacher's role in guiding children's learning of phonological awareness including understanding the sounds and words they are beginning to hear and explore is covered. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 680CK TEACHING EARLY MATH ACTIVITIES TO YOUNG CHILDREN

Units (Letter grade) 1; Class Hours: 16-18 lecture hours/semester; Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 100; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: The teacher's role in planning activities and strategies which promote early learning math concepts for preschool children in Early Childhood Education settings is explored. MATH 811 is recommended. Transfer: CSU.

ECE. 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units (Grade Option) 0.5-3; Class Hours: By Arrangement; Recommended: Eligibility for READ 836 and ENGL 836; or ENGL 847 or ESL 400; Prerequisite(s): None.

Description: 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. Transfer: CSU.

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