CHD 298 Master Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                      Date: January 2015


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: Child Development 298, Portfolio Development


Credit Hours: 1 Hours/Wk          Lecture: 1 Hours/Wk          Lab: 0          Lec/Lab Comb: 1


I.          Catalog Description:  CHD 298 Portfolio Development (1 CR)

Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.


II.         Relationship of the course to curricula in which it is taught:

            In conjunction with CHD 265, this course serves as the capstone course for the Early Childhood Associate in Applied Science degree.  This course focuses on the development of a portfolio to demonstrate professional competence in the field of early childhood care and education. The resulting portfolio will be reviewed by early childhood faculty and other designated early childhood professionals. This course relates to all Program Outcomes as the portfolio is a collection of best work from all classes.


III.                Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) all developmental English requirements; completion of (or exemption from) Math 2 developmental requirement. Prerequisites: all CHD classes or permission of instructor.

IV.               Course Content (list the major topics):

A.     History and development of early childhood education programs.

B.     Major philosophical perspectives concerning the purpose, organization and planning of career goals in early childhood education.

C.    Specific practices related to locating and interviewing for employment.

D.    Licensing requirements and other state-mandated rules and regulations for employment.

E.     Current trends in early childhood education and major issues affecting the future direction of early childhood programs.


V.                 Learner Outcomes:


The student will:

VI.               Evaluation


A.            Review historical, philosophical, and theoretical bases for early childhood education programs.

B.           Discuss the practical components of different types of early childhood education programs.

C   .        Review the requirements for gaining employment in various sectors of child care.

D.           Develop communication skills                  and a variety of procedures to use when job seeking.

E.          Write a professional philosophy of education.

F.          Complete a resume’ and cover letter suitable for use in the job search.

Student performance will be evaluated by the submission of the completed professional portfolio. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.


VII.       This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding