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ECE 247: Child Development: Birth to Eight

Course Description

This course will focus on an examination of development from prenatal through the early childhood years (to age eight). The course will explore current theory and research of early childhood development and how to translate this into practice in the lives of young children today. The developmental domains of cognitive, physical, and social/emotional are studied from an ecological perspective. Students will consider developmentally appropriate practices for children's diverse and individual differences, including special needs, gender, age, and multicultural dimensions. Observations required. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • ECE 101: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of optimal prenatal development. (NAEYC 1)
  2. Develop increasing interest in the health, safety, and well-being of children and families. (NAEYC 2)
  3. Learn how children become literate and how they develop social and moral competence. (NAEYC 4)
  4. Describe how ecological systems influence the today’s families and children. (NAEYC 1)
  5. Identify changes in early care and education that impact the child and childhood. (NAEYC 3, 5)
  6. Discuss how to support children with developmental differences. (NAEYC 1)
  7. Know strategies for working effectively with culturally diverse children and families. (NAEYC 2)
  8. Understand the impact of early experiences on neurological development. (NAEYC 1, 4)
  9. Discuss the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct. (NAEYC Standard 5)

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 (Weeks 1-8)

32%

Reflective Journal (Weeks 1-8)

8%

Written Assignments (Weeks 1, 6 & 8)

15%

Quizzes (Weeks 4 & 7)

10%

Research Paper (Week 4)

10%

Case Study (Week 7)

20%

Webliography (Week 8)

5%

Total

100%

Observation

The observation for ECE 247 needs to be set up in a Birth to Five setting. Take care to choose a program of high quality; preferably NAEYC accredited. This may be your place of employment or another site you have access to. Instructor can assist in finding an accredited program if needed.

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Wittmer, Donna, Margaret B. Puckett, and Janet K. Black (2017). The Young Child: Development from Prebirth through Age Eight. (7th edition). Prentice Hall. ISBN-10: 0-13-402942-9 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-402942-9 [Looseleaf Version]

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings

Assignments

1

4,5,7,8,9

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: The What and Why of Early Childhood Development
    • Chapter 2: The Where, When, and How of Early Childhood Study and Assessment
  • Go over the syllabus
  • Go over the final project requirement.
  • Introduction of the research paper topics.
  • Read Chapters 1 & 2
  • Participate in the 2 Discussion Board Topics in addition to posting an introduction.
  • Submit Reflective Journal #1
  • Submit Assignment #1

2

1,7,8

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: The Family Before Birth
    • Chapter 4: The Child and Family at Birth
  • Read Chapters 3 & 4
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflective Journal #2
  • Choose topic and begin work on research paper

3

1,2,3,4,6,8

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: The Brain, Perceptual, and Motor Learning, and Development, and Physical Health and Growth of the Infant: Birth to Age 1.
    • Chapter 6: Emotional and Social Learning and Development of the Infant : Birth to Age 1
    • Chapter 7: Cognitive, Language, Literacy Learning and Development, Ages 1-3
  • Read Chapters 5, 6, and 7
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflective Journal #3
  • Study for Quiz: Chapters 1-7
  • Continue work on Assignment #2 Research Paper.
  • Begin work on Assignment # 5: on-going observation of a child age group based on your interest.

4

1,2,3,4,6,8

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development; Health and Nutrition Ages 1-3
    • Chapter 9: Emotional and Social Development, Ages 1-3
    • Chapter 10: Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development, Ages 1-3
  • Read Chapters 8, 9, 10
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflective Journal #4
  • Submit Assignment #2 Research Paper
  • Complete Quiz on Chapters 1-7
  • Continue observation of case study child due week 7

5

2,3,6

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11: Motor Learning and Development, Health and Physical Development Ages 3-5
    • Chapter 12: Emotional and Social Learning and Development, Ages 3-5
    • Chapter 13:
    • Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Learning and Development: Ages 3-5
  • Read Chapters 11, 12, 13
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflective Journal #5
  • Work on Observation for preschooler ages 3-5 due next week.
  • Continue observation of case study child due week 7

6

2,3,6

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 14: Motor Learning and Development, Health and Physical Development: Ages 5-9
    • Chapter 15: Emotional and Social Learning and Development, Ages 5-9
    • Chapter 16: Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Learning and Development, Ages 5-9
  • Read Chapters 14, 15, 16
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit Reflective Journal #6
  • Study for Quiz, Chapters 8-16.
  • Submit Assignment #3 Observation of Preschoolers ages 3-5
  • Begin observation of school age child.
  • Continue observation of case study child due next week.

7

2,3,4,6,7,8

  • Readings:
    • Review Chapters 8-16 for Quiz
    • Review web resources provided in the course
  • Reflective Journal #7
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Quiz chapters 8-16
  • Submit Final Project Case study Observation
  • Work on School Age Observation due next week
  • Work on webliography due next week

8

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

  • Readings:
    • Review web resources provided in the course
    • Submit Reflective Journal #8
    • Submit School Age observation
    • Submit Webliography
    • Submit course evaluation

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