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ECE 290

The goal of ECE 290, Work Experience in Early Childhood Education, is to offer another path for those interested in working with young children an opportunity to receive college credit for work they are already doing as a teacher in a licensed child development center.

ECE 290 is a way for those students who have already completed a B. A. Degree to meet the supervised field experience requirement on the Child Development Permit Matrix. ECE 290 can also be used as a prerequisite for the student who wants to use his/her worksite as a lab site for ECE 103. In addition, students who enroll in ECE 290 may earn college credit for work hours not counted or required for a student teaching course.

As a requirement for the course, the enrolled student must have completed 6 ECE units of the initial 12 ECE units. Additionally, the student's work site must be licensed by Community Care Licensing for at least one year. This includes both center-based care and family child care homes. Students have the option of working with infants/toddlers, preschool children, or in a licensed program for before and after school care. The ECE profession focuses on the early care and education of children birth through age 8, not including elementary education.

For required assignments, the student will carry out assigned responsibilities as a regular employee of the center. The student will follow the employer's policies, rules, and regulations. As a student enrolled in an ECE course at Santa Barbara City College, the student will be required to prepare a student data sheet, an action plan with appropriate learning objectives, complete workplace learning instruction, submit a final report showing to what extent the objectives were achieved, and an employer evaluation.

To calculate your units for ECE 290, the student will use the following formula:

Paid Work

Units

Volunteer Work

Units

75 Hours

1

60

1

150

2

120

2

225

3

180

3

300

   4

240

4

As listed in each semester's schedule of classes, attending an orientation for ECE 290 is required. Consult the current semester's schedule of classes for date, time, and location.

See also General Work Experience in the Career Center

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