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ECE 250 syllabus

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ECE 250: Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of the development and administration of early care and education programs for ages birth through eight years. Best practice, quality programming, and program evaluation are examined. Management and leadership skills addressed include: leadership and advocacy, human relations, self awareness, staff management, family and community, public relations and marketing, educational programming, regulatory/legal requirements, and fiscal management. Early childhood skills and knowledge topics include child development, curriculum and instructional methods, learning environments, health, safety and nutrition, classroom guidance, children with special needs, and professional development.


Prerequisite:

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify leadership skills and the behaviors of a child care administrator.
  2. Demonstrate, compare, and apply an understanding of child care regulations and accreditation criteria.
  3. Explain components and process of program and facility development.
  4. Examine various forms of organizational structures.
  5. Illustrate an understanding of fiscal management practices and interpretation of basic budget.
  6. Demonstrate educational programming within the framework of philosophy and practice including accommodating children with diverse needs and backgrounds.
  7. Analyze program policies and procedures for parents and personnel.
  8. Describe and discuss the components of a comprehensive program evaluation and show how evaluation data can be utilized for program planning.
  9. Examine various marketing and public relations tools.
  10. Describe the health, safety, and nutrition components of an early care program.
  11. Explore the meaning of professional ethics and the application of ethical practices.
  12. Investigate the use of technology in the administration, educational programming, and communication of program information.

 

General Education Outcomes (GEOs):

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

 

Course Activities and Grading:

Assignment(s)

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Journals (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Individual Assignments (Weeks 1-8)

20%

Individual Project (Week 7)

15%

Midterm and Final Exams (Weeks 4 & 8)

20%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks (Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore):

  • Feeney, Stephanie. Ethics and Early Childhood Educator. 2nd ed. NAEYC, 2012. ISBN-10: 1-928896-83-9 or ISBN-13: 978-1-928896-83-8
    Note: This textbook is also required for ECE 351.


  • Sciarra, Dorothy June and Anne G. Dorsey. Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program. 9th ed. Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-13: 9781305088085

Additional Resources:

 

Course Schedule:

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,3,11,12

Topic: The Early Childhood Director / Establishing a Program

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 1 - The Effective Director
    • Sciarra: chapter 2 - Assessing Community Need and Establishing a Program
    • Sciarra: Appendix C, pp 369-372
    • Feeney: chapter 1 - An Introduction to Morality and Ethics
    • Feeney: chapter 2 - The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 16 Try It Out! #3
  • Sciarra - p 31 Try It Out! #1
  • Submit Journal
  • Choose topic for Individual Project

2

2,4,6

Topics: Licensing, Accreditation and Credentialing / Organizational Structure and Program Governance

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 3 - Licensing and Certification
    • Sciarra: chapter 4 - Organizing Center Structure and Working with a Board
    • Review your state regulations for licensing child care facilities
    • NAEYC Position Statement: Accreditation
    • NAEYC Position Statement: Licensing and Public Regulation
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Outline for Individual Project (due Monday)
  • Sciarra: p 65, Try It Out! #1-a,b (individual assignment)
  • Submit Journal

3

5,11

Topics: Financial Matters and Program Funding and Sources

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 5 - Handling Financial Matters
    • Sciarra: chapter 6 - Funding the Program
    • Feeney: chapter 3 - Addressing Ethical Issues
    • State licensing standards for your state
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 86, Try It Out! #2
  • Sciarra: p 109, Try It Out! #3
  • Submit Journal

4

3,6

Topic: Facility Development

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 7 - Developing a Center Facility
    • Sciarra: chapter 8 - Equipping the Center
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 131, Try It Out! #3
  • Sciarra: p 131, Try It Out! #4
  • Submit Journal
  • Complete Midterm Exam
  • Continue work on individual project - progress report due Week 5

Midterm Exam
Sciarra: Chapters 1-8, Feeney: Chapters 1-3 and related readings

5

7,11

Topics: Personnel and Personnel Development

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: Chapter 9 - Staffing the Center
    • Sciarra: Chapter 14 - Providing for Personnel and Professional Staff Development
    • Sciarra: Appendix B - NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation Programs (pp 367 - 368)
    • Feeney: Chapter 6 - Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 186, Try It Out! #3
  • Individual Project Progress Report Due
  • Submit Journal

6

6,10,12

Topics: Recruiting Children and Supporting Quality Curriculum

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 242, Try It Out! # 1, 2, 3, 4 (This is an individual assignment.)
  • Submit Journal
  • Continue work on individual project - Project is due at the end of next week.

7

7,9,10,12

Topics: Health Safety and Families and Community

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 12 - Managing the Food and the Health and Safety Programs
    • Sciarra: chapter 13 - Working with Families, Volunteers, and the Community
    • Feeney: chapter 5 - Ethical Responsibilities to Families
    • Feeney: chapter 7 - Ethical Responsibilities to Community and Society
    • State licensing standards for your state
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 287, Try It Out! #1
  • Individual Project DUE
  • Submit Journal

8

8,9,11,12

Topic: Program Evaluation and Marketing and Ethics
  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: chapter 15 - Evaluating Center Components
    • Sciarra: chapter 16 - Marketing the Program
    • Sciarra: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment, Appendix A, pp 353-366
    • Feeney: chapter 8 -The Code of Ethical Conduct is a Living Document
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review Lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra: p 333, Try It Out! #3
  • Sciarra: p 349, Try It Out! #2 (individual assignment)
  • Submit Journal
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Sciarra: Chapters 9-16, Feeney: Chapters 4-8 and related readings


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