CHD 265 Syllabus


Division: Arts & Sciences                                                                                                                          Date: August 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Early Childhood Education

Course Number & Title: CHD 265, Advanced Observation & Participation in Early Childhood/Primary Settings


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk       Lecture: 1 Hour/Wk         Lab: 4         Lec/Lab Comb:   5


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.

One hour seminar. 4 hours field placement. Total 5 hours per week.
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.

3 credits


II.            Relationship 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 of assessment.

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:

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.               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.

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