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ECE 295
Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
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.
ECE 299
Experimental Offering in Early Childhood Education
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
ECE 300
Introduction to Principles and Practices in Early Childhood Education
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ECE 120)
ECE 312
Child Development
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or 103; or ESLL 320, ESLR 320, and ESLW 320.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID CDEV 100)
ECE 314
The Child, the Family and the Community
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or 103; or ESLL 320, ESLR 320, ESLW 320.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D7; CSU Area E1; IGETC Area 4G
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID CDEV 110)
ECE 320
Curriculum and Interactions in Early Childhood Education
4 Units
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).
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
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) (C-ID ECE 130)
ECE 321
Advanced Practicum in Early Childhood Education
4 Units
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).
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
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. (C-ID ECE 210)
ECE 322
Promoting Children's Social Competence
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 326
Making Learning Visible Through Observation and Documentation
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course applies critical and reflective thinking to observation and assessment of young childrens 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. (C-ID ECE 200)
ECE 330
Infant and Toddler Development
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 331
Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 or 330 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 342
Constructive Math and Science in Early Childhood Education
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 343
Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 350
Introduction to Elementary Teaching with Field Experience
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ECE 312
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Under California laws (Title 22 and Title 5) any persons working directly with children have to give proof of current Tuberculosis clearance.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
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. (C-ID EDUC 200)
ECE 356
Programs for the School-Age Child
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 365
Creative Projects and Experiences for Young Children
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 402
Infants with Atypical Development
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 404
Children with Special Needs
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 415
Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ECE 220)
ECE 420
Administration I: Programs in Early Childhood Education
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 300 and 312 with grades of "C" or better
Advisory: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 422
Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education
3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 300 and 312 with grades of "C" or better
Advisory: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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.
ECE 424
Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting
2 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC
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.
ECE 430
Culture and Diversity in Early Childhood Education
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); AA/AS Area VI
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
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. (C-ID ECE 230)
ECE 455
Environment Rating Scales in Early Childhood Programs
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This course examines Environment Rating Scales (Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, School Age Programs and Family Child Care) as a tool for quality improvement in a variety of child development programs. Emphasis is given to theory and best practices in order to evaluate classrooms, materials, and interactions between adults and children.
ECE 494
Topics in Early Childhood Education
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Enrollment Limitation: Students must verify paid registration to the conference.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 9 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
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.
ECE 495
Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
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.
ECE 498
Work Experience in Early Childhood Education
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Early Childhood Education.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
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.
ECE 499
Experimental Offering in Early Childhood Education
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB