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ECE 215: Behavior Management in Early Childhood

Course Description

This course will focus on the behaviors seen in children from birth through age eight, as well as practical ideas to help children build self-esteem, develop self control, identify problem behaviors, and recognize potential causes. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Child development course (Recommended)

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define challenging behavior.
  2. Recognize the purpose of child guidance.
  3. Discuss developmentally appropriate practice.
  4. Discuss the stages of early child development and how they affect behavior and influence appropriate methods of discipline.
  5. Utilize various observation and recording techniques.
  6. Identify ways to encourage prosocial behavior.
  7. Discuss ways to help children deal with stress, anger and aggression.
  8. Develop specific strategies for effectively responding to challenging behavior.
  9. Explain the effect cultural differences have on child rearing and the impact this will this have on classroom strategies and communications with parents.
  10. Interpret when outside intervention is necessary and explain the process of informing parents of this need.

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

Assignments

Weight

Discussions Questions (Weeks 1-8)

25%

Written Assigments (Weeks 1, 3, 5)

25%

Case Study (Week 7)

10%

Quizzes (Weeks 2, 4, 6)

15%

Final Paper (Week 8)

25%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • Ferris Miller, Darla. Positive Child Guidance. 8th ed. Wadsworth Publishing, 2016. ISBN-13: 978130508893

Additional Resources

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,3,4

Topic: Introduction/Understanding Children’s Behavior

  • Readings: Chapters 1, 2 & 3
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Complete written assignment

2

1,2,3,4

Topic: Understanding the Reasons for Problem Behavior

  • Readings: Chapters 6 & 9
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Complete Quiz #1

3

5

Topic: Taking a New Look at Children/Observing and Recording

  • Readings: Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Child Observation #1

4

8

Topic: Guidelines for Effective Guidance

  • Readings: Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Complete Quiz #2

5

6

Topic: Planning the Prosocial Environment

  • Readings: Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Child Observation #2

6

2,6,7,8

Topics: Positive Communication & Positive Action

  • Readings: Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Complete Quiz #3

7

7,8

Topic: Addressing Persistent Unproductive Patterns of Behavior

  • Readings: Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Case Study due

8

9, 10

Topic: Working with Families and Professionals
  • Readings: Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Answer the Discussion Questions
  • Final Paper due

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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