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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 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 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; ESLL 310, ESLR 320,
and ESLW 320.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area III(b);
CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
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 or 103; or ESLL 320,
ESLR 320, ESLW 320.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area D7;
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 Development 3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an examination of infant development, from conception to three years of age, providing a review of research findings related to infancy and implications for infant care.

ECE 331
Education and Care of Infants in Group Settings 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: Eligibility for 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 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 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 of Child Development Centers 3 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.
Advisory: ECE 320
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 children and families. This course satisfies the administration requirement of the California Title 22 Health and Safety Code, and satisfies three of the six units of the administration requirement of the Title 5 Education code and the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing.

ECE 422
Advanced Coordination and Supervision of Child Development Programs 3 Units
Prerequisite: ECE 320 and 420 with grades 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 is on publicly funded-programs and personnel management. This course meets the requirements of the Education Code under Title 5 and the Commission of Teacher Credentialing.

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

ECE 498
Work Experience in Early Childhood Education 1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101
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 early childhood education. Students are advised to consult with the Early Childhood Education Department to review specific certificate and degree work experience requirements. Before beginning ECE 498, students must show proof of TB clearance.
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 their current job. Course content will include 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. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill a 16 hour 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. The course may be taken four times for credit, when there is new or expanded learning on the job, for a maximum of 16 units. Before beginning ECE 498, students must show proof of TB clearance.

ECE 499
Experimental Offering in Early Childhood Education .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU

Updated 5/22/15

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