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Course Description

Child Development 1 Fall Semester

This competency-based course is the first in a sequence of three designed for early childhood education. It provides students with project-based experiences in child development programs. Instruction includes an orientation, workplace safety policies and procedures, techniques on communications and critical thinking, and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the theories of human development and growth. Field observations and experiences with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are provided as application components of studying child development program goals, guidance techniques, health and nutrition practices, indoor and outdoor environments, and special education requirements. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.

 

Child Development 2 Spring Semester

This competency-based course is the second in a sequence of three designed for early childhood education. It provides students with project-based experiences in child development curricula. Instruction includes an introduction and reviews of workplace safety policies and procedures and employability skills. Emphasis is placed on the principles and practices of effective curriculum planning including play-based curricular activities and activities that enhance familial and societal relationships of students. Field observations and experiences with groups of young children are included as part of the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the health, arts, language arts, math, science, social studies, and physical education curricula. The competencies in this course are aligned with the California High School Academic Content Standards and the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards.

Textbook: Creating Effective Learning Environments 2015 and Child Development 8th
 

Instructional techniques or methods could include but are not limited to:

- Lecture and Discussion 

-Multimedia Presentations 

- Demonstrations and Participations

-Individualized Instruction

-Peer Teaching 

-Role-Playing 

-Guest Speakers

-Field Trips and Field study experience 

-Projects

Assignments
 

For the first semester there will be two big projects that are worth a big portion of your grade in this class. The first project is the baby belly project that stimulate being pregnant for the day at school, this is not a take home project. There will be a short paper assignment at the end of this project to reflect on your experience of being pregnant for the day. The second project is the baby project, this is a take home assignment that will be over the weekend. You will have all the supplies and training on taking care of the baby and will have a paper assignment to complete at the end of this assignment that reflects on your experience of caring for the baby.

 

For the second semester we will be working more on the running of a preschool classroom, the roles of the teacher and getting hands-on experience with preschool children. We will be working with local preschools to have our class go in and work with preschool children in their setting. You will be responsible for lesson plans and prepping the materials for the lesson that you will be teaching. More information will be given out when we are closer to this semester.