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The following Early Childhood Education courses are offered:

ECE 295
Independent Studies in
Early Childhood Education    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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 provides 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 304

Family to Family:
Introduction to Family Child Care    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
This course is an orientation to family child care including local regulations, health and safety, curriculum, behavior management, and business requirements of in-home child care services.

ECE 312

Child Development    3 Units
Same As: PSYC 372
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or 103; or ESLL 310, ESLR 320, and ESLW 320.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4
Course Transferable to UC*/CSU
* UC limitation, see counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will examine the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of the child from the prenatal period through adolescence. Scientific findings from a range of disciplines will inform an integrated examination of theory and practice during the childhood years. This course is designed to fulfill General Education, Early Childhood Education and Psychology degree requirements. This course is not open to those who have previously taken PSYC 372. (C-ID CDEV 100)

ECE 314

The Child, the Family and the Community    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D;
CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This fundamental course examines socialization and developmental processes of the child within the family and the environmental influences on growth and development; including gender, peers, schooling, the media, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, and developmental differences. Community resources available to support family systems and dynamics will be examined. (C-ID CDEV 110)

ECE 320

Curriculum and Interactions
in Early Childhood Education    4 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 300 with a grade of "C" or better; AND either ECE 312 or PSYC 372 with a grade of "C" or better.
Enrollment Limitation: Current tuberculosis clearance.
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 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. (C-ID ECE 130)

ECE 321

Advanced Practicum in
Early Childhood Education    4 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Enrollment Limitation: Current tuberculosis clearance.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This advanced course provides supervised experience as a teacher in an early childhood education program. It is aimed at leadership in the areas of developing environments for learning, child observation and assessment, documentation of children's work, behavior guidance, group management, collaborative teaching, building relationships with families, and effective preparation and implementation of curriculum. Before beginning lab assignments, students must show proof of TB clearance. (C-ID ECE 210)

ECE 326

Making Learning Visible Through Observation
and Documentation    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGRD 110 or ENGWR 101
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course applies critical and reflective thinking to observation and assessment of young children's development. It 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 examines infant development, from pre-conception to three years of age, providing a review of research findings related to infancy and implications for infant care.

ECE 331

Care and Education of Infants and Toddlers    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE 330, ENGRD 110, and ENGWR 101
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. Emphasis is on early childhood education principles and practices when applied to the care and education of infants from birth to three years of age. It includes strategies for designing, implementing, and evaluating group care programs for infants.

ECE 334

Laboratory with Infants and Toddlers    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: ECE 330 or 331; May be taken previously.
Enrollment Limitation: Current Tuberculosis Clearance.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This class provides experience working with infants and toddlers in a group care program. It is designed as a laboratory for those who have completed or are enrolled in ECE 330 or 331. The course requires participation for a designated three hours per week with infants and/or toddlers in a supervised infant/toddler setting.

ECE 342

Constructive Math and Science
in Early Childhood Education    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGRD 310 and ENGWR 101
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 related to math and science. Topics include an overview of the role of the teacher in developing appropriate experiences for children and a review of current standards and guidelines.

ECE 343

Language and Literacy Development
in Early Childhood    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101; ENGWR 101 or ENGRD 310.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course will prepare early childhood educators to recognize, understand and enhance the emergent language and literacy experiences and skills of young children. The knowledge of developmentally appropriate language and literacy practices will improve early childhood educators' abilities to support young children in the early years (birth to five years) to build a strong foundation for learning to read and write in the primary grades. Topics include an overview of the teacher's role in developing appropriate language and literacy experiences for young children, including strategies to support learning English as a second language.

ECE 350

Introduction to Elementary Teaching
with Field Experience    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE 312 or PSYC 372
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students are required to show proof of TB clearance and if the school district requires it, complete a fingerprint clearance through the cooperating school district before they can attend the school site for field work.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is a career exploration course with an early field experience for those students considering the field of K-8 teaching. It includes 54 hours of lab in a public elementary school under the supervision of a certified classroom teacher in addition to weekly class meetings on campus. It will also fulfill one of the early field experiences for the CSUS blended liberal studies major. Course content includes: historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system; California's academic content, curriculum standards, and teacher performance standards; the profession and culture of teaching; observation skills; communication skills; diversity and social issues, among others. Students' field experiences will integrate and apply the course content. Students will complete a service learning project at participating schools. Before beginning field placement, students must show proof of TB clearance, and if required, be fingerprinted through the cooperating school district.

ECE 356

Programs for the School-Age Child    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the fundamentals of planning, implementing and evaluating programs for before- and after- school care of school-age children (K-8). Emphasis is on developmental levels, age-appropriate activities and day-to-day program operations.
ECE 361
Introducing Young Children to Visual Arts 3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course prepares teachers in early childhood education with strategies for introducing young children to the media and tools of drawing, painting, sculpting, and other visual arts commonly used by young children to represent and understand the world around them. The focus will be on observing children's natural ways of exploring media and developing strategies to facilitate and document children's emerging skills and relationship with each medium. Included are strategies for designing early childhood environments that promote children's exploration of visual arts.

ECE 363

Music and Movement with Young Children    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to theoretical principles and practical applications for integrating appropriate music and movement experiences in early childhood settings. The course explores incorporating culturally diverse music and movement activities to support children's understanding and acceptance of differences.

ECE 400

Children with Exceptional Needs    3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 or PSYC 372 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of the developmental issues, characteristics, and learning differences of children from birth to adolescence with exceptional needs. An introduction to assessment techniques, curriculum design, advocacy, current issues and community resources for exceptional children will be included in the overview. Classroom observations of children may be required.

ECE 404

Children with Special Needs    3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 312 or PSYC 372 with a grade of "C"
or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a broad overview of the characteristics, assessment techniques, methods of intervention, natural environments, community and family resources, and current issues of young children from birth to age eight with special needs. The focus is to increase the awareness and understanding of children's individual needs in an early childhood setting and to provide practical information to those currently involved with children with special needs. Observations in public and private children's centers, schools and agencies may be required.

ECE 415

Children's Health, Safety and Nutrition    3 Units
Same As: NUTRI 320
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE 312 or NUTRI 300
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an 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. There is a focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. This course is not open to students who have received credit for NUTRI 320. (C-ID ECE 220)

ECE 420

Administration I:
Programs in Early Childhood Education    3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 300 with a grade of "C" or better; and either ECE 312 or PSYC 372 with grades of "C" or better;
Or, BA in Child Development or related field from a regionally accredited college or university.
Advisory: ECE 320
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an introduction to the administration of early childhood programs. It covers program types, budgets, management, regulations, laws, and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. It also examines various administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to open, organize, and operate an early care and education program.

ECE 422

Administration II: Personnel and Leadership
in Early Childhood Education    3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 320 and 420 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers effective strategies for personnel management and leadership in early care and education settings. It includes legal and ethical responsibilities, supervision techniques, professional development, and reflective practices for a diverse and inclusive early care and education program.

ECE 424

Adult Supervision: Mentoring in a Collaborative Learning Setting
2 Units

Prerequisite: None
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 teachers in early childhood education. This course focuses on the role of the mentor teacher who functions to guide the teaching team while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, families, and staff. This course satisfies the adult supervision requirement for the Child Development Master Teacher and Site Supervisor permits issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

ECE 430

Culture and Diversity
in Early Childhood Education    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area VI
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course examines the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege 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. The course includes self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling. (C-ID ECE 230)

ECE 455

Environment Rating Scales
in Early Childhood Programs    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
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
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 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. May be repeated for credit providing there is no duplication of topics.

ECE 495

Independent Studies in
Early Childhood Education    1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

ECE 498

Work Experience in
Early Childhood Education    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to career interests.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Early Childhood Education. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. 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


Updated 6/01/16

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