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ECE 102: Child, Family And Community
(3) F, S - CSU, UC
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103.

Examines the developing child in a societal context, focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community, with an emphasis on historical and cultural factors that influence the process of socialization and the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.

ECE 103: Foundations Of ECE I
(5) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103
Course Advisories: ECE 102 and ECE 120 or PSY 140

Foundational course in Early Childhood Education. Emphasis is on developing skills and knowledge needed to work effectively with children, birth to age 8. Introduction to building relationships, developing guidance and supervision skills, observation techniques, curriculum planning, professionalism, and reflective practice. Requires 45 (3 hour shifts) in ECE lab.

ECE 104: Foundations of ECE II
(5) S - CSU
Prerequisites: ECE 102 and ECE 103 and ECE 120, or ECE 108 and PSY 140
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103

Design, implementation and evaluation of developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children, birth to age 8. Research on brain development, language development, and cognition is integral. Professional skills of resume writing, accessing community resources for families, and providing group times/experiences are developed. Requires 45 (3 hour shifts) of practicum in ECE lab setting.

ECE 107: Administration Of Child Development Programs I
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Enrollment Limitation: Completion of 12 core ECE units as defined by Community Care Licensing plus 3 units of supervised field experience. Study of administrator's responsibilities in various types of programs, including developing philosophy; selecting/supervising personnel; planning curriculum; programming for staff/families; complying with regulatory authorities; conducting business procedures; planning for facility, equipment and food; evaluating programs; effecting change through legislative process.

ECE 108: Creative Learning and Curriculum
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Examination of teacher's role in supporting development and engagement for all young children. Provides strategies for developmentally-appropriate practice based on observation and assessment across the curriculum, including academic content areas, play, art and creativity plus social-emotional, communication and cognitive skills.

ECE 109: Family-Teacher-Child Relationships
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Limitation on Enrollment: 12 ECE core units according to Community Care Licensing Establishing and sustaining effective relationships between teacher, families and child. Common problems handled between families and teachers; ways of distinguishing special problems requiring other professional attention; and supportive ways of helping families enjoy and appreciate their children. Includes interviewing, home visiting, parent education and family engagement strategies.

ECE 110: Science and Math in ECE
(3) -CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Prepares teachers to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for young children in science and math. Examines how to encourage children's curiosity, observation skills, problem-solving and reflection by studying scientific and mathematical concepts, such as the human body, environment, shapes, classifying and number values.

ECE 111: Administration of Child Development Programs II
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of 12 core ECE units as defined by Community Care Licensing plus 3 units of supervised field experience. Explores leadership styles and skills, emerging issues in early childhood education, ethics, grant writing, advocacy and staff professional development for leaders of child development programs.

ECE 114: Teaching Methods Seminar And Practicum
(4) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

For those students considering teaching as a career. The seminar provides an introduction to teaching methods, curriculum and learning materials development, classroom management, and establishing a relationship with students. A practicum experience in a local school is required.

ECE 115: Children's Literature
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Develops awareness of value and variety of children's literature by surveying traditional and contemporary selections, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction and folk literature from many cultures. Proposes criteria for literary/artistic evaluation, use and age appropriateness in selection. Demonstrates presentation techniques, including storytelling.

ECE 117: Adult Supervision and Mentoring
(3) S - CSU
Prerequisites: ECE 102 and 103 and 108 and 120
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Methods and principles of supervising student teachers, volunteers, staff and other adults in early care and education settings. Emphasis is on the roles and development of early childhood professionals as mentors and leaders.

ECE 120: Child Growth And Development For Educators
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

History and current issues of early childhood growth and development, from birth through adolescence, will be covered. In addition to theoretical ideas, special emphasis will be given to the child from birth to age 8 in relation to cultural, gender, class, and racial influences.

ECE 121: Health, Safety And Nutrition For Young Children
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103.

Introduction to the legalities, standards, policies and procedures, prevention techniques, and early childhood curriculum related to health, safety and nutrition. Key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for children identified, along with the importance of the collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development.

ECE 123: Children with Special Needs
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Overview of information and strategies for early childhood educators in working with children with special needs. Topics include identification, assessment, early intervention services and curriculum adaptations. Also includes family resources and partnerships. Atypical development includes delays, disabilities and giftedness.

ECE 124: Working With School-Age Children
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduction to the increasing role communities play in providing out-of-school services to school-age children. Features include planning and implementing curriculum, designing a safe environment, exploring developmental issues, administrative policies and procedures, identifying community resources, and establishing partnerships to ensure high quality school-age programs.

ECE 125A: Early Steps To Literacy - Developmental Continuum
(1.2) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Early Childhood Education students learn that reading and writing are essential to success in school and in later life. Demonstrates that literacy is a gradual process that begins in the earliest weeks and months of a baby's life. Emphasizes that responsibility to nurture the early steps of the literacy process so that each child enters school eager to learn and is prepared to succeed.

ECE 125B: Early Steps To Literacy - Instructional Methods
(1.2) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Early Childhood Education students learn various instructional methods and techniques to support literacy development. Explores the curriculum, assessment processes, classroom management and skill development necessary to nurture the early steps of the literacy process.

ECE 125C: Early Steps To Literacy - Building Background Knowledge
(1.2) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Early Childhood Education students learn how to build a child's background knowledge to create meaning in the reading process part of supporting literacy development in children, birth through age five. Explores systematic assessment, second language issues, the role of play, selection of curriculum materials, integrating literacy across the curriculum and sustaining motivation.

ECE 126: Pre-K Development Guidelines
(0.5) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Students learn what constitutes high-quality programming across a broad spectrum of curriculum and practice for preschools. Presented in the context of California's move toward higher expectations for all students at the elementary and secondary school levels. Clear guidelines present a broad picture of programming that can be adjusted to meet the needs of California's diverse preschool settings and communities.

ECE 128: Observation and Assessment
(3) F,S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must have completed 12 core units as defined by Community Care Licensing plus 3 units of supervised field experience. Provides theoretical framework for understanding the connection between effective observations assessments and curriculum planning in early childhood settings. Anecdotal records, rating systems and multiple assessment strategies are explored. Focuses on the appropriate use of observation and assessment to document growth, play and learning to join with families in promoting children's success.

ECE 129: ECE Special Education
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 100 and 103.

Examines the field of ECE special education. A variety of educational models explored, as well as specific disabilities. Current research and professional experience evaluated in terms of prenatal substance exposure, health and safety issues, and dealing with stress, grief and trauma.

ECE 131: The Developing Bilingual Child
(3) S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Introduction to the range of development of the language of the developing bilingual child, with emphasis on language and effective domains. The influences of different methods of language acquisition, modes of instruction, environmental factors and strategies for second language acquisition are evaluated.

ECE 132: Teaching in a Diverse Society
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 100 and 103.

Examines processes involved in human relations, as related to differences, and how these processes impact teaching, learning and interactions with young children and families. Self-examination, reflection and integration of practices to promote equity and how to best support children as they gain a sense of identity and become confident members of a diverse society.

ECE 136: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
(3) - CSU
Prerequisites: ECE 102 and ECE 120 or PSY 140
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and 103

Overview of information and strategies for early childhood educators in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Topics include identification, assessment, early intervention services, strategies and curriculum adaptations. Family resources and partnerships are emphasized.

ECE 141: Development And Caregiving Of Infants And Toddlers
(3) F - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Developmental stages of infants and toddlers and accompanying behavior, guidelines for health and safety, observation and caregiving strategies including primary caregiving, small groups, and continuity of care are covered. Development of optimal environment for child, parent and staff growth also addressed.

ECE 142: Infant/Toddler Socialization
(3) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 100 and 103.

Focus on developing trusting relationships between caregivers and infants/toddlers who are developing social/emotional competence and intellectual growth. Caregivers need to be aware of their feelings, expectations, cultural values and attitudes from their own childhood experiences.

ECE 150: Topics In Family Day Care
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to family day care which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 151: Topics In Administration, Supervision And Leadership
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to administration, supervision and leadership which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 152: Topics In Child Behavior And Development
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to child development (birth through age eight) which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 153: Topics In Curriculum Development
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to developing mentally appropriate curriculum for children (birth to age eight) which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 154: Topics Infant/Toddler Development And Programming
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to the particular needs of those working with infants and toddlers which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 155: Topics In School-Age Child Care
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to the particular needs of those working with school-age child care programs which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 156: Topics In Parenting
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to the particular needs of parents and those working with parents which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 157: Special Topics In Early Childhood Education
(1) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses of a special or unique nature which reflect student interest, community need and current trends in early childhood education.

ECE 160: Inservice Topics For Early Childhood Education Program Staff
(0.5) - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Designed to allow the ECE Dept. the opportunity to offer a variety of courses related to the particular needs of those currently working in early childhood education programs. These employees' specific needs and interests, combined with current trends in early childhood education, form the basis of course content.

ECE 290: Work Experience In Early Childhood Education
(1-4) F, S - CSU
Skills Advisories: Eligibility for ENG 100 and ENG 103

Limitation on Enrollment: 6 ECE units, according to Community Care Licensing May be taken for 1, 2, 3 or 4 units of credit. Maximum of four (4) units per semester for a maximum of sixteen (16) units. Consists of supervised employment for Early Childhood Education students whose career objectives, course of study and employment complement each other. Students must accomplish specific course objectives.

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