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Revision Date: 21-Jul-22
 

Fall 2022 | EDU-1030-VO06X - Introduction to Early Childhood Education


Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-06-2022 to 10-24-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-15-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-04-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Faculty

Debra Gass
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

Course Description

This course is an overview of early childhood education and the ways in which early childhood experiences can enhance the development of the whole child. Students examine the provision of early education and services for children from conception to age eight. Topics include child development, national and state standards, curriculum development, early intervention, regulation, and career exploration.


Essential Objectives

1. Discuss the cultural, historical, and philosophical evolution of early childhood education.
2. Explore early education programs in the context of family and community relationships, including the need for cultural competence when supporting and collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
3. Understand the theories of child development and how they relate to the implementation of Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP).
4. Discuss national and state standards for the provision of education to young children and how early childhood education programs meet these standards (VELS & NAEYC for children and professionals).
5. Review the elements of early childhood education curricula, the theoretical framework for different approaches to what is taught, and the pedagogy of inclusion and universal design.
6. Analyze evidence-based research on effective models of early education.
7. Examine the early intervention system and the provision of services to support the development of children with diverse abilities and/or affected by trauma.
8. Discuss the regulation of programs, staff, and facilities to ensure health and safety, including the role of the state in policy development and regulation enforcement.
9. Explore careers in the field of early childhood education, the NAEYC Code of Conduct, and dispositions required for work in the field.


Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.


Required Textbooks and Resources

EDU-1030-VO06X Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Methods

Instructor will present information and guidance to stimulate an online learning classroom in Canvas, created by textbook reading and written assignments, student research, field observations and interviews, responses to journal articles/documentaries/Ted Talks, etc., and personal/professional written reflections. Students will build their learning community by engaging in weekly online classroom posts, discussion forums and assignments and conducting field interviews as active contributors. No quizzes nor tests. All "written" assignments shall be submitted in Canvas in Microsoft Word using APA formatting when required. Hard copy work will not be accepted.

Students must have access to the required textbook for this course: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education Ninth Edition (Morrison, Woika & Breffni) ISBN9780135240519. Each week students are expected to read chapters of the text in order to be participate fully in the related assignment discussions and posts. The chapter readings can be up to 50 pages.

Class weeks begin on Tuesday and end the following Monday. Each week students are expected to post their initial work or reflections of at least 100 words in the Canvas Discussion Assignments by Thursday and respond to at least two fellow classmates' posts with critical feedback, at least 50 words per response, by Sunday evenings no later than 11:00 pm.Substantive responses are expected and defined in the Canvas classroom. Additional Assignments may also be required.

Students must have reliable access to a computer, be comfortable with and ready to learn more about computer and technology use and be able to navigate the internet in order to participate in this class. Proficiency in the use of Canvas classroom platform is recommended.

Students will be expected to conduct one field interview with a director of an early childhood program in their community.


Evaluation Criteria

75 points online classroom participation (5 per 15 weeks): 2.5 per posts and 2.5 per 2 discussion responses Late posts will earn 0 points. All posts must be substantive to earn full credit.

10 points: Mid-term Research Essay

15 points: Final Project PowerPoint Presentation

Late assignment submissions (up to one week) will automatically drop one letter grade. Anything submitted after one week of the due date will receive a zero score. No points for late Discussion Post submissions.


Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

 HighLow
A+10098
A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

How Do You Fit Into the Field of Early Childhood Education?

  

Read Chapter 1 in textbook: You and Early Childhood Education

Read Announcements in Canvas.

  

Read Chapter 1 in textbook: You and Early Childhood Education

Read Announcements in Canvas.

Post your Introductory Video in Discussion Post by Thursday evening this week, Then, review and respond to EVERYONE'S video no later than Monday evening. Details in Canvas.

Find a teacher who has worked in a licensed childcare center or kindergarten for at least three years to interview no later than Week 3. Set up an interview time, which should take no more than 20 minutes to conduct.

 

2

History of Early Childhood Education

  

Chapter 3 in textbook: History and Theories

Appendix in textbook: Time Line: The History of Early Childhood Education

  

Read Chapter 3 in textbook: History and Theories

Read: Appendix in textbook: Time Line: The History of Early Childhood Education

Choose a topic related to Early Childhood Education to research and write about for your mid-term research essay topic. Submit your topic idea to the instructor for approval. Details in Canvas.

Post your reply in Discussion Post by Thursday evening and respond to at least two others' by Monday evening.

Schedule your interview with a teacher who has worked in a licensed childcare program or kindergarten for at least three years this week. Details are in Canvas. Assignment linked to the interview is due by Thursday of Week 4.

 

3

Current Issues in the Field of Early Childhood

  

Read: Chapter 2, Understanding and Responding to Current Issues

  

Read: Chapter 2,Understanding and Responding to Current Issues

Post your response in Discussion Post by Thursday and reply to at least two others' by Monday.

Conduct your teacher interview this week and prepare a summary for submission next week. Details in Canvas.

 

4

Implementing Early Childhood Programs

  

Read Chapter four: Implementing Early Childhood Programs

  

Read Chapter four: Implementing Early Childhood Programs

Discussion Post: Submit you Teacher Interview Summary as this week's post. Then read everyone's post and respond to at least two others' by Monday.

Find your first research article to support your mid-term essay this week. Work with the course librarian if necessary. The article must have academic integrity. See Canvas for details.

 

5

Guiding, Teaching and Learning Through Observation and Assessment

  

Read: Chapter 5 in textbook: Observing and Assessing Young Children

  

Read: Chapter 5 in textbook: Observing and Assessing Young Children

Discussion Post: Respond with your post by Thursday and reply to at least two others' by Monday.

Find your second research article to support your mid-term essay this week.

 

6

Technology Use in Early Childhood Education

  

Read Chapter 6: Technology Today

  

Read Chapter 6: Technology Today

Discussion Post-submit your response by Thursday and reply to at least two others' by Monday.

Find your third and final research article to support your mid-term research essay. Write your essay, which is due next week.

 

7

Infants and Toddlers

  

Read Chapter 7: Infants and Toddlers

  

Read Chapter 7: Infants and Toddlers

Assignment: Submit your mid-term research essay in Assignments link (Canvas),

Discussion Post: Respond by Thursday evening and post your replies by Monday.

 

8

Preschool Years

  

Read: Chapter 8 The Preschool Years

  

Read: Chapter 8 The Preschool Years

Discussion Post: Post your response by Thursday and respond to at least two others; by Sunday.

 

9

Kindergarten

  

Read Chapter 9: Kindergarten Today

  

Read Chapter 9: Kindergarten Today

Discussion Post: Your response due by Thursday, replies to others' by Monday.

 

10

The Primary Grade Years

  

Read Chapter 10: The Primary Grades

  

Read Chapter 10: The Primary Grades

Create an Infographic this week to submit as your Discussion Post by Thursday. Respond to at least two others; by Monday.

 

11

Children With Diverse Abilities

  

Read Chapter 11: Educating Children With Diverse Needs

  

Read Chapter 11: Educating Children With Diverse Needs

Discussion Post: Your submission due by Thursday and replies to at least two others; by Monday,

Begin to develop your final PowerPoint presentation. Details in Canvas.

 

12

Guiding Children's Behaviors

  

Read Chapter 12: Guiding Children's Behaviors

  

Read Chapter 12: Guiding Children's Behaviors

Discussion Post: Submit your response by Thursday and replies to others' by Monday.

Continue to develop your final project PowerPoint presentation.

 

13

Working With our Constituents

  

Read Chapter 12: Parents, Families and the Community

  

Read Chapter 12: Parents, Families and the Community

Discussion Post: Submit your reply by Thursday, responses to others' by Monday,

Work on final project PowerPoint, due next week. Details in Canvas.

 

14

NAEYC Code of Conduct, Regulations and Policy Development

  

Assigned readings posted in Canvas

  

Discussion Post 1: Submit your final PowerPoint presentation by Thursday, review EVERYONE'S presentation and respond to EVERYONE by Sunday.

 

15

Career Exploration, Course Wrap Up

  

As assigned in Canvas

  

Discussion Posts 1 & 2: Submit your response by Thursday and replies to others' by Monday.

 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:


CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.


Academic Integrity


CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.