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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 knowledge and skills necessary to develop and administer an early care and education facility. This course explores management and leadership skills, and program and facility 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. discuss and evaluate the maintenance of an effective early childhood program/organization;
  3. demonstrate and utilize an understanding of child care regulatory agencies and their requirements;
  4. discuss the composition and roles of a Board of Directors;
  5. illustrate the process of budget development;
  6. discuss and evaluate personnel policies and staff development practices;
  7. illustrate and evaluate family policies;
  8. create a marketing plan;
  9. demonstrate an understanding of the broader community that impacts a program;
  10. demonstrate an understanding of a comprehensive program evaluation;
  11. demonstrate knowledge of at least three legal issues pertaining to children.

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)

20%

Reflection Papers (Weeks 1-8)

15%

Individual Assignments (Weeks 1-7)

25%

Group Project (Week 7)

15%

Midterm and Final Exams (Weeks 4 & 8)

25%

Total

100%

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

  • Neugebauer, Bonnie and Roger, eds. The Art of Leadership: Managing Early Childhood Organizations (revised edition). Redmond, WA, Child Care Information Exchange, 2008. ISBN: 0942702247


  • Sciarra, Dorothy June and Anne G. Dorsey. Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program. 8th ed. Delmar Learning, 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1-111-83338-1

Bookstore Information:

  • Textbooks are subject to change on a semester basis. Students should go to the bookstore for updated textbook information including the correct edition for the current semester.
  • The free shipping offer on retail orders over $49 does not apply to Marketplace books, which are shipped directly from third-party sellers.
  • Financial aid recipients may apply their school-issued vouchers to all orders, including Marketplace books.

Additional Resources:

  • Regulations and application (most recent revisions) for the operation of a child care center/family day care center in the state the student resides.
  • Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment, National Association for the Education of Young Children

Course Schedule:

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

1,2

Topic: Leading an Organization, Developing a Program

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 4-10; 46-48; 228-229; 290-292; 116-120
    • Sciarra: Ch 1 & 2

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 17, Try It Out! #3
  • Sciarra - p 36, Try It Out! #1
  • Start a resource file with names, addresses, and contact information for your state and local officials. Add to this file as you identify the many others who will be important individuals/organizations as you develop and maintain a program in the community. (This is for your use. You do not need to email this assignment to me.)
  • Submit Reflection Paper

2

3,4

Topics: Regulation, Accreditation, Certification, Organizational Structure

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 110-115
    • Sciarra: Ch 3 &4
  • Your State Licensing Regulations
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 56, Try It Out! #2 (Complete as an individual assignment.)
  • Sciarra - p 70, Try It Out! #4
  • Obtain information (web or telephone) from The National Association for the Education of Young Children about their process of accreditation. Add this information to the resource file you started last week. Add any other information about accrediting entities that your state may recognize.
  • Submit Reflection Paper

3

5

Topic: Facility Development

  • Readings:
    • Sciarra: Ch 7 & 8

  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 145, Try It Out! #4
  • Submit Reflection Paper

4

6

Topic: Financial Matters

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 144-149 & 159-163
    • Sciarra: Ch 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 95, Try It Out! #2
  • Sciarra - p 119, Try It Out! #1
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Complete Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Chapters 1-8, all related readings
SLOs 1-6

5

7

Topic: Personnel Matters

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 190-192; 198; 199; 209-212; 217-219; 364-366
    • Sciarra: Ch 9 & 14
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 203, Try It Out! #1 (Complete this as an individual assignment.)
  • Sciarra - p 344, Try It Out! #3
  • Submit Reflection Paper

6

9,10

Topics: Marketing the Program, Working with Families, Volunteers, Community

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 306-310; 262-266; 268-270; 278-283
    • Sciarra: Ch 10,13 &16
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 320, Try It Out! #1
  • Sciarra - p 385-386, Try It Out! #2 (This is an individual assignment to be completed on your facility as you work on this.) Include a narrative paper that addresses the a,b,c,d items fromt he exercise.
  • On the Internet, find three advertisements or "brochure" presentations for child care programs. Using the criteria you have studied about creating such publicity, critique each of these.
  • Submit Reflection Paper

7

11,12

Topics: Managing the Food and the Health and Safety Programs, Program Evaluation

  • Readings:
    • Neugebauer: pp 306-310; 262-266; 268-270; 278-283
    • Sciarra: Ch 11,12 & 15
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Sciarra - p 298, Try It Out! #4 OR Sciarra - p 272, Try It Out! #1 - #4
  • Locate the state agency to which suspected child abuse and neglect must be reported. Answer questions given.
  • Create a tool by which a teacher might be evaluated. Consider all the aspects of a teacher's job. Who would be involved with the evaluation? How would it relate to the teacher job description? (Include a copy of the teacher job description.)
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Submit Group Project

8

13,14

Topic: Final Exam
  • Readings:
    • NAEYC - Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Submit Reflection Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
Chapters 9-16, all related readings & discussions
SLOs 7-14


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