CHD 165 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                                      Date: August 2014


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

Course Number & Title: CHD 165, Observations & Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk       Lecture: 1 Hour/Wk         Lab: 6         Lec/Lab Comb:   7


I.          Catalog Description: CHD 165 Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings (3 cr.) Focuses on observation as the primary method for gathering information about children in early childhood settings. Emphasizes development of skills in the implementation of a range of observation techniques. May be taken again for credit.

One hour seminar, 4 hours field placement. Total 5 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: The practicum provides students with a mentored experience in a setting that focuses on early childhood development and learning. During this internship students will observe the skills and knowledge necessary for delivery of quality early childhood education services. This course serves as an introduction to all Early Childhood Program Goals as students see professionals engaged in each activity.

III.        Required background (list any experience, prerequisites, co-requisites necessary to enroll in the course): Completion of (or exemption from) ENF 2. Note: CHD 165 should be completed in the first semester of study for the AAS degree in Early Childhood Development.


I.              Course Content (list the major topics):

Each student must find a reputable child care facility or other early childhood learning setting where he or she may observe during the semester. One of the facility’s staff, who has appropriate knowledge and training, must agree to provide on-going feedback and support for the student during the course. Students participating in the course will meet regularly as a group with the CHD 165 instructor for discussion of issues or concerns, and for problem identification-solution finding.


V.           Learner Outcomes:


The student will:

VI.          Evaluation

A.               Experience first-hand the day-to-day activities at a child care facility.

B.               Demonstrate what is expected of early childhood professionals who work in child care or school settings.

C.               Reflect on areas of personal strengths, and areas in which he/she may need to improve.

D.               Complete a reflective journal and assignments based on structured observations.

Student performance at the internship site will be evaluated by the designated supervising staff member at the facility where the internship occurs. Student performance in the course 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.


VII.         This course supports the following competencies and objectives:
DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding