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Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development Courses

These courses are designed to satisfy the recommendations of the Department of Social Services, Title 22, regarding child care personnel and the higher standards required by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing and Licensing for the Child Development Permit, Title 22.

ECD 15 - Problems of Childhood (3 units)

An exploration of the emotional, cognitive, developmental, and behavioral problems of childhood and adolescence. Topics include: common stresses and problems of adjustment; the effects of stress, abuse, and traumas on development; mental retardation, autism and other developmental disabilities; normal and abnormal problems of attention, conduct, mood anxiety, sleep, eating, sex, learning and speech. Examination of theories of cause of mental health problems in children and adolescents and approaches to treatment. Examination of information and theory for practical application. Students who have completed or are enrolled in Psychology 15 may not receive credit. 3 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 50 - Principles and Practices in Early Care and Education (3 units)

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 young 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. 3 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 54 - Health, Safety and Nutrition (3 units)

Aspects of nutrition, health and safety that promote and maintains the health and well-being of all children and adults who work with young children. Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, state regulations, policies and procedures, common childhood illness, infectious diseases, school-family collaboration and emergency preparedness, first aid and injury prevention.

ECD 56 - Childhood and Adolescence Development (3 units)

A study of the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an 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.

ECD 60 - Introduction to the Young Child with Exceptional Needs (3 units)

Introduces the variations in development of infants and children with exceptional needs and the resulting impact on families.Includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with exceptional needs and theidentification and referral process. Assessments, interventions and learning environments for infants and children withexceptional needs. Prerequisite: ECD 56 (Completed with a grade of "C" or higher). 3 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 61 - Literature for the Young Child (3 units)

Selection, evaluation and use of fiction, non-fiction, prose and poetry from existing written and or recorded children’s literature for appropriate class presentation. Includes puppets, flannel boards and props. Role of books in early literacy. 3 hours. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 62 - Child, Family and Community (3 units)

Patterns of family living in contemporary society including the varying roles and interactions of family members; demographic, sociocultural, racial and economic factors affecting family life; relationship of the family to early care and education and to community resources. 3 hours. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 63 - Early Childhood Curriculum (4 units)

Professional application of the principles of human growth and development in: the study of play based curriculum, the physical environment and learning experiences including program content, the use of materials, the facilitation and guidance of children’s experiences based on developmentally appropriate principles, the methods used to meet children’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative needs within cultural context. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 50 and Early Childhood Development 56 (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 4 hours lecture or 3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 64 - Play: Materials and Environments (3 units)

Application of principles of human growth and development in the consideration of play materials and environments for children from birth though early elementary. The selection and development of play materials and environments that are developmentally, culturally, and age-appropriate. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 56 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 3 hours. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 65 - Administration : Programs in Early Childhood Education (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: Relationships with families, and community. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 62 and Early Childhood Development 63 (both completed with a grade C or higher). 3 hours.

ECD 67 - Infant and Toddler Development and Caregiving (3 units)

A study of infants and toddlers from preconception to 36 months including physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional growth and development. Applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Examination of best practices, responsive caregiving techniques, environments, infant/toddler learning foundations, health, safety, and licensing requirements. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 56 (completed with a “C” or higher) 3 hours.

ECD 68 - Administration II: Personnel and Leadership in Early Childhood Education (3 units)

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. Prerequisites: ECD 62 and ECD 63 (both completed with a grade of "C" or higher) Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 69 - Observation and Assessment

Current approaches for observing and recording the behavior of infants and young children using various scientific techniques. Effective observations that build on respecting and fostering all children’s competence, striving for objectivity and individualizing programs to meet individual children’s learning and developmental assessment. Direct observational experience and application of methods is required weekly. Prerequisites: ECD 56 (completed with a "C" or higher) 3 hours

ECD 70 - Family Child Care Profession (2 units)

Focus of this course is on aspects of setting up and operating a family childcare business including regulations, contracts and menu planning. The course explores creation of an optimum childcare environment and curriculum for multiple age groups, relationships with families in a "home environment" and health and safety practices. 2 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 73 - The Family Child Care Provider Advanced Enrichment Course (2 units)

This course of instruction is designed to assist the family child care provider in developing new and advanced knowledge and skills that will enhance the provider’s career and self-esteem. It examines the blending of the business and the nurturing sides of family child care and offers creative coping solutions aimed at promoting provider longevity, credibility, professionalism, ultimately resulting in his/her home/business providing quality child care. 2 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 74 - Child Guidance (2 units)

This course introduces practical principles and techniques for developmentally and culturally appropriate guidance.Emphasis is on encouraging self-esteem and cultural awareness, effective communication skills, and direct and indirectguidance techniques and strategies. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate strategieswhich encourage positive social interactions, promote conflict resolution and develop self-control, self-motivation andself-esteem in children. Grading Option: OP Tramsfer: CSU

ECD 78 - Language Development (3 units)

Language acquisition theories and emergent literacy in monolingual and young English language learners. Includes oral and written language development, developmental stages of receptive and expressive language, print awareness phonemic awareness and early reading and writing development: family patterns, cultural values, and environmental circumstances that affect language development and communication styles; assessment and early identification of linguistic delays. Prerequisite: ECD 56 (Completed with a grade of "C" or higher.) 3 hours

ECD 79 - Teaching in a Diverse Society (3 units)

Critical examination of societal and personal attitudes and beliefs, values, assumptions and biases about culture, race, language, identity, family structures, ability, socio-economic status and other issues influenced by systemic oppression. Ethnic/cultural groups referenced within course from United States of America including African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, European Americans, Indigenous Peoples of the Americans, and Americans of Middle Easter origin. Recognize and confront barriers that interfere with ones ability to work effectively with diverse populations of children and families. Enhance teacher skills for educating children in a pluralistic society. 3 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 80 - Advanced Topics in Childhood Development (1-3 units)

Development and presentation of advanced topics in Early Childhood Development. Emphasis on creative arts, math and science, music and movement. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 63 (completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 1-3 hours. Grading Option: OP (May be repeated 3 times) Transfer: CSU

ECD 81 - Planning Curriculum for the School-Age Child (3 units)

Fundamentals of planning, implementing and evaluating curriculum for before and after school care of school-age children (K-6). Emphasis on developmental levels, age appropriate activities, pro-social and life skills behaviors and developing an integrated curriculum.3 hours Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 82 - Communicating Effectively with the School-Age Child (3 units)

Communication skills that support pro-social behaviors in the school-age child; Consideration of developmental age of children as instrumental to behavior guidance and communication; Promote effective family, co-workers and other personnel interactions; Awareness of cultural and diverse perspectives; 3 hours 3 hours. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 83 - Adult Mentoring and Supervision (2 units)

Methods and principles of mentoring and supervising adults in early care and education settings. Emphasis on the role of experienced classroom teachers who function as mentors and leaders to new teachers and other adults while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, families and other staff. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 62 and Early Childhood Development 63 (both completed with a grade of “C” or higher). 2 hours. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU

ECD 90 - Practicum - Supervised Experience (4 units)

Practicum experience working with young children under the supervision of an ECE/CD faculty; Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build 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. Prerequisites: ECD 50, 56, 62 & 63 (completed with a grade of "C" or higher) 2 hours lecture, 6 hours laboratory. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU

ECD 91 - Adaptive Curriculum For Children with Expectional Needs (3 units)

Direct experience working with young children in special day classes or inclusive settings: application of intervention strategies using best practices of early childhood development and special education in adapting curriculum to meet the individual needs of children. Observation of the assessment process by the special education team and assisting in the implementation of the educational plan. Includes the role of the teacher as a professional working in partnership with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and cultural competence. Prerequisite: Early Childhood Development 60 and Early Childhood Development 90 (both completed with a "C" or higher.) Lab hours required in an inclusive setting.

ECD 95 - Work Experience (1-3 units)

Cooperative effort between, student, supervisor and instructor to accomplish professional work objectives and broaden experiences. On-the-job work experience to build early childhood competencies. Corequisite: Early Childhood Development 96. 5-15 hours experience per week. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU*

ECD 96 - Work Experience (1 unit)

Discussion and analysis of typical problems often encountered by employees at the workplace. Application of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct to difficult situations that occur at the job site. Develop and complete measurable developmentally appropriate goals in early care and education settings. Corequisite: Early Childhood Development 95. 1 hour. Grading Option: GR Transfer: CSU*

ECD 99 - Special Topics in Early Childhood Development (0.3 - 3 units)

Designed to explore special interest subjects drawn from the field of Early Childhood Development. Emphasis will be on topics of practical use for persons employed in the field of Early Childhood Development, as well as for the person interested in learning about this field. Prerequisites may vary for specific topics. 0.3 - 9 hours. *Limited to 4 transfer units. Grading Option: OP Transfer: CSU*

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