CHD 120 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                          Date: August 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Development, Child Care

Course Number & Title: CHD 120, Introduction to Early Childhood Education


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk       Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk       Lab: 0         Lec/Lab Comb: 3


I.              Catalog Description: CHD 120 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 cr.)

Introduces early childhood development through activities and experiences in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and primary programs. Investigates classroom organization and procedures, and use of classroom time and materials, approaches to education for young children, professionalism, and curricular procedures.

Lecture 3 hours per week.
Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level.

3 credits


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: This is the foundational course in both the Early Childhood Education and the Child Development Certificate programs. The course introduces students to perceptions, skills, attitudes, and responsibilities associated with quality child care. In this course students receive an introduction to all Early Childhood Program goals and begin to arrange environments for quality care (Program Goal 5).

III.        Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) from ENF 2. Because students may have close contact with young children at the child care center located on the DCC campus, a negative TB screening test is required.


IV.       Course Content (list the major topics):

A.           Overview of field of early childhood development, including history of the discipline, and emergence of the role of child care professional.

B.           Theories of development, with special emphasis on development from birth through age eight years.

C.           Principles for observing children’s behaviors, and methods for recording and measuring behaviors.

D.           Environmental factors that may facilitate or impede a child’s development, and ways of manipulating those factors to the child’s advantage.

E.           Types and functions of play, and ways of maintaining a healthy and safe environment for young children.

F.            Cultural differences that impact child development and appropriate ways to respond to children with different cultural backgrounds.

G.           Effects of different parenting styles on children’s development, especially their development of self-esteem.

H.           Basic techniques for lesson plan development.


V.   Learner Outcomes:


The student will

VI.  Evaluation

A.               Research the history of early childhood education as a profession, and understand the scope of the early childhood education field.

B.               Review major theories of child development and major developmental milestones of children from infancy through age eight years.

C.               Use records of behavior to evaluate children’s development and plan appropriate activities for young children.

D.               Demonstrate practices for arranging, equipping, and staffing a child’s environment, including daily activities and routines, so as to maximize the child’s potential for successful development.

E.               Plan activities to support children’s learning, using what constitutes a healthy and safe home and play environment for children as a guide.

F.                Interact with children in ways that build self-esteem.

G.               Plan appropriate activities for children from diverse cultures, understanding how culture influences development.

H.               Use strategies for encouraging parents to become actively involved in fostering their child’s development.


Student performance will be evaluated by a combination of tests, quizzes, exams, papers, and other special projects or assignments as defined by the individual faculty member. This course includes a mandatory writing assignment defined by the instructor.


Possible assignments include but are not limited to the following:

·         create a floor plan of a preschool classroom

·         research and report on significant theories of child development

·         create a timeline of significant contributions to the history of early childhood education

·         create a parent education flyer or document

·         complete health and safety observations of licensed child care facilities


VII.         This course supports the following competencies and objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

            Cultural and Social Understanding