CHD 265 Syllabus
Division: Arts & Sciences Date: August 2014
Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education
Course Number & Title: CHD 265, Advanced Observation & Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings
3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 1 Hour/Wk
Lab: 4 Lec/Lab Comb:
I. Catalog Description: CHD 265 Advanced Observation and Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings (3 cr.)
Focuses on implementation of activity planning and observation of children through participation in early childhood settings. Emphasizes responsive teaching practices and assessment of children's development. Reviews legal and ethical implications of working with children.
Includes 40 hours of field placement in early learning setting. Two
hour seminar. 2 hours field placement. Total 4 hours per
Functional literacy in the English language; reading at the 12th grade level. Students must have completed the majority of program specific courses before enrolling. Students must be eligible to work with young children according to Department of Social Services requirements.
of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: The
advanced internship provides students with a mentored experience in a setting
that focuses on early childhood development and learning. Students are
encouraged to use this experience as an opportunity to master the skills and
knowledge necessary for delivery of quality early childhood education services
and to make informed career choices. This course prepares students for mastery
of Program Goals 1(b) and 4 (a,b,c)
as students complete a Case Study of a child using formal and informal methods
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) MTT 2 developmental requirement. Note: CHD 265 should be completed in the last semester of study for the AAS degree in Early Childhood Education.
IV. 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 265 instructor for discussion of issues or concerns, and for problem identification-solution finding.
V. Learner Outcomes:
The student will:
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. Implement activities that are developmentally and culturally appropriate, as evidenced by the creation of lesson plans, the development of a portfolio, and acquisition of books and other information sources as part of a personal professional library.
E. Relate observations to the assessment process in working with children
F. Create a child study based on formal and informal assessments.
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:
Cultural and Social Understanding