Introduction to Early Childhood Education-Syllabus
ECE 111- Pierce College
Instructors in Early Childhood Education
Judy DeJardin Marguerite Shannon
firstname.lastname@example.org 253-964-6512 email@example.com 253-964-6691 (messages)
Judy’s Fall Quarter Course Office Hours: M/W 9:00-10:00 a.m. T/Th 1:00-2:00 p.m.
This course is web-enhanced. Go to http://angel.pcd.edu and follow the directions to log in.
Text- Who Am I in the Lives of Children? 8th Edition –
ECE majors should save this book. It is used in other ECE classes.
"Lecture Packet" - purchased in Bookstore
3-ring binder for Lecture Packet
Tabs for organization (8 – 10 tabs)
Poster board and clear contact paper for Puzzle
File Folder for turning in assignments
A study of the theories and principles in the growth and development of young children. Surveys programs, issues, trends
relating to the care and education of young children, including state and federal legislation.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
hout the profession.
to program effectiveness.
ages and stages of child development in
relation to the young child’s learning environment.
ffectively communicate the value of play to a parent audience.
-solve alternatives for guidance and discipline techniques as it relates
to family and classroom environments.
trends in the education of young children with at least three positions for each on the chosen
to children and families in this country.
competent, nurturing teacher of young children.
ation and learning.
II. Washington State ECE Programs for young children (ages birth through eight)
III. Child Development
IV. The Young Child's Learning Environment
V. Guidance and Discipline
VI. Parent/Child/School Communication
VII. Issues and Trends in ECE
A variety of approaches will be included in this course such as discussions, small groups, media presentations, student
presentations, lectures, and observations.
Each student is expected to take responsibility for maintaining a healthy learning environment during class activities and
preparing for class. Being prepared for class includes: reading text and packet, completing assignments, attendance, and
participation in class activities. A final class grade of 2.0 will be the highest grade allowed if a student goes beyond 3
class absences or 6 missed hours of class. An incomplete or NC will be given if a student goes beyond 5 class absences
or 10 missed hours of class. Leaving early and/or arriving late counts against the absences allowed. Incompletes are reserved
for legitimate medical and family issues, not for procrastination in completing work. If you enter class after attendance has
been taken it is your responsibility to make sure the instructor changes your absence to a late arrival. It is not the instructor’s
responsibility to keep track of late arrivals. Your late arrival will be counted as an absence if you do not meet with the
instructor at the end of that particular class session. If necessary, you will need to initiate a withdrawal process so that a grade
of 0.0 is not recorded on your transcript. Be sure and check the date that this must be accomplished during the quarter.
Students who only miss 1 session or have perfect attendance receive 5 bonus points toward their final grade. I would
like to thank you in advance for achieving this expectation.
You are an integral part of this course. Being here is essential to understanding what is expected. Involving yourself in the
learning process is the key to success in this class. You are expected to attend and thoroughly participate in all classes through
questioning, discussing, reading, thinking, observing, sharing, trying, wondering, listening, writing, researching and having
fun! Monitor your participation level. To maximize the learning experience it is vital for all class members to participate. I
would like to challenge the quieter class members to speak up regularly and the talkers to listen a little more. Each person has
some nugget of wisdom to share. Save all side conversations for after class. Disorderly or abusive behavior that interferes
with the rights of others or which obstructs or disrupts teaching or classroom function is unacceptable.
Students are expected to take the initiative for assignments, due dates, missed classroom activities, withdrawals, and
information given in class. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. When enrolling in a 5 credit class you can plan for
approximately 10 hours per week of outside class time for reading, comprehension, and preparation of assignments.
All observations in the Children’s Center Laboratory School will remain confidential.
All written assignments should be word processed or typed.
I expect each student to adhere to NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct. It can be found in Appendix A of your text
beginning on page 455 for those of you who aren’t familiar with it.
If there is emergency closure of the college due to widespread illness, weather, or other emergencies, adjustments may need to
be made to the syllabus and/or mode of instruction in order to achieve the course objectives and outcomes.
The Five Pierce College Core abilities introduced in this course are Effective Communication, Critical Thinking/Problem
Solving, Multiculturalism, Information Competency, and Responsibility. It is the belief of this college that all students should
have opportunities to understand and apply these five core abilities while meeting the outcomes of courses. The ECE program
has chosen to formally assess at least one of the five abilities within each course. Please see assignment packet for further
****** This course will assess the core ability of Critical Thinking /Problem Solving.
Responsibility is the ability to examine the relationship between self, community and environments, to evaluate potential
impacts and consequences of actions and to make choices based on that examination and evaluation.
Multiculturalism is a complex set of abilities that includes multiple ways of Knowing, Being and Thinking. These
interdependent abilities are practiced in an ongoing examination of multiple contexts, perspectives, experiences, and voices in
an effort to create a multi-centric environment that will ensure co-existence.
3. Information Competency
Information Competency is the ability to recognize a need for information, to persist in acquiring it, and to understand the
value of information in personal, work, and academic life. An information-competent individual can access, evaluate,
organize, and apply information from a variety of sources and in a variety of contexts.
4. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving ***** (formally assessed in this course)
Critical Thinking is the process of questioning and reasoning which is demonstrated by the ability to evaluate ideas and
information, anticipate, create, innovate, investigate, and integrate in order to develop a meaningful conclusion or product.
5. Effective communication
Effective Communication is a successful exchange of messages between a sender and a receiver. The sender creates a
message of ideas, information, and/or experiences and shapes it into a coherent form that can be sent or otherwise performed.
The receiver accepts, interprets, and responds to the message. Messages may be presented in a variety of forms.
Degree Outcomes for Early Childhood Education
The following core competencies in Associate degree programs have been determined by NAEYC and approved by the Pierce
College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board as key elements in the preparation of professionals in the field of early
childhood education. All outcomes and activities associated with the ECE program strive to assist students in achieving these
Outcome 1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
Outcome 2. Building Family and Community Relationships
Outcome 3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children
Outcome 4. Teaching and Learning
Sub-Outcome 4a. Connecting with Children and families
Sub-Outcome 4b. Using developmentally effective approaches
Sub-Outcome 4c. Understanding content knowledge in early education
Sub-Outcome 4d. Building meaningful curriculum
Sub-Outcome 4e. Child Guidance
*Sub-Outcome 4f. Health, Safety and Nutrition
Outcome 5. Becoming a Professional
* Pierce College addition to NAEYC’s standards for Associate degree programs
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Advising: The ECE program will inform advisees by letter announcing specific advising dates and times prior to registration
each quarter. Watch your mailbox in November, February, and May. Krissy and Judy have regular office hours posted
outside their offices to facilitate ongoing advising.
Course Withdrawal: Students must initiate course withdrawals, if needed, as college policy prevents instructors from doing
Last day to withdraw from courses: Fall quarter November 9, 2011
Winter quarter February 23, 2012
Spring quarter May 17, 2012
Summer quarter July 10, 2012
Access and Disability Accommodations: Students with disabilities who believe they may need academic adjustments,
auxiliary aids or services to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements are encouraged to register with
the Access & Disability Services (ADS) Office in the Cascade Bldg. Students may also call the ADS Office at 253-964-6526
OR 964-6468 to make an appointment. Those students requesting accommodations must obtain the “Approved Quarterly
Academic Adjustments, Auxiliary Aids or Services” (green form) provided by ADS.
Absence Policy: Each instructor will inform you of the policy for the course you are taking. However, it should be
understood that attendance is a critical part of the learning process in this program.
Children Attending Adult Classes: Generally the content and time frame of adult ECE classes is not developmentally
appropriate for young children. Please make arrangements for your children to be cared for outside of your ECE class.
Unless the instructor specifically invited children or adult visitors into the classroom, children and/or adult visitors are NOT
Cell phones and Beepers: Please be sure to turn off your cell phones and beepers while in the classroom. If it is necessary
to make or take calls, step outside the classroom to do so. Texting in class is not permitted!
Email Accounts – We use your official Pierce email account to send out information about courses you are enrolled in and
advising. Be sure to check it at least weekly or forward it to an email account that you do check regularly. More information
on student email accounts can be found at: http://www.pierce.ctc.edu/sos/email.
Building Restroom: Since the ECE area contains only one bathroom, it must be reserved for ECE staff, faculty and students
staffing The Children’s Center. Please access restrooms in the Olympic Bldg. North, Sunrise Building, or the Cascade
Building except for emergency situations.
Alarms: In case of an alarm, please take all personal possessions with you and exit the building. Walk up to the North
Parking Lot via the sidewalk and wait for further instructions. Your instructor may ask you to assist with children in The
Children’s Center, if needed.
- Over -
Room Access: As an ECE student, you should access only the individual classroom where your course meets. All offices,
storage rooms, copier room, filing cabinets, storage shelves, stacked equipment, the seminar room, and The Children’s Center
are private and may only be accessed when an instructor facilitates a specific assignment in that space. Students are expected
to create and produce their own copies at another location (Library, Bookstore, etc.).
Observation Room: The Children’s Center is equipped with an Observation Room, which may be used for specific ECE
assignments. Please reserve your time through the ECE office. At the beginning of each quarter, you will be asked to sign a
form indicating that you understand and will adhere to our policy of confidentiality and professionalism for The Children’s
Student Work: At the end of each quarter, any student work that is left with instructors will be placed in the cupboard
outside room O168. Students need to pick up their work by midterm of the following quarter or the work will be recycled.
Academic Dishonesty: Please see the Pierce College Academic Policies in the latest Pierce College catalog. Your work is
expected to be your own unless your instructor assigns a team/group project.
Graduation: Students are advised to apply for graduation at least two quarters prior to the quarter in which they intend to
complete their requirements. This allows time to have the application processed and results mailed in time to register for
Facebook: Pierce College Early Childhood Education has a Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pierce.ece) to help
students stay connected. It is the policy of the ECE Department for faculty not to accept friend requests from current students.
Emergency Procedure for Classroom: Call 911 and then Campus Safety (6751) in response to an imminent threat to
persons or property. In the event of an evacuation (intermittent horns and strobes), gather all personal belongings
and leave the building using the nearest available safe exit. Be prepared to be outside for one hour and stay a
minimum of 200 ft. from any building or structure. So long as it is safe to do, students are expected to stay on campus
and return to class after evacuations that last less than 15 min. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until
instructed by an Evacuation Director (identified by orange vests) or by three horn blasts or bell rings. Please notify
the nearest Campus Safety Officer or Evacuation Director of any one left in the building or in need of assistance (253-
964-6751 Ft. Steilacoom Campus Safety).
Your final grade is based on the points given for each assignment and tests. (See below)
A "C" ( 1.5 -2.4) grade indicates that the student has made substantial progress toward meeting the objectives of this course
and has fulfilled all the requirements of this course.
A "B" ( 2.5 -3.4) grade is for students whose work is of superior quality a majority of the time in fulfilling the requirements
of this course.
An "A" ( 3.5 -4.0) grade is reserved for those students who have excelled in every phase of this course
Assignment Grade : A B C Your grade
Writing Response Papers
#1-career 10 9 8 _____
#2-special needs 10 9 8 _____
#3-relationships 10 9 8 _____
#4-family participation 10 9 8 _____
Team presentations on programs 15,14 13,12 11,10 _____
Position Assignment 20,19 18,17 16,15 _____
“Patience” paper 20,19 18,17 16,15 _____
Puzzle Table Toy 20,19 18,17 16,15 _____
Value of Free-Play Poster 20,19 18,17 16,15 _____
Who Am I? Presentation 20,19 18,17 16,15 _____
Instructor’s Choice 15 _____
Programs 65-62 61-55 54-47 _____
Child Development 65-62 61-55 54-47 _____
Comprehensive 100-96 95-88 87-80 _____
Final number of points 400-385 384-348 347-301 _____
Letter grades converted to decimal grades
A= 4.0 400-395 B=3.4 384-375 C= 2.4 347-335 D= 1.4 300-286
3.8 394-390 3.0 374-365 2.0 334-315 1.0 285-271
3.5 389-385 2.5 364-348 1.5 314-301 0.7 270-256
*Only assignments turned in at the beginning of class on designated due dates and meeting criteria will
receive full points.
*Assignments turned in late will qualify for “C” grades or lower.
*Take-home exams will not be accepted for full credit after the beginning of class on the due date. Due
date will be announced. Arrange to have your test delivered to class if needed. You may not take these
tests in class.
*Find a partner in class that you can rely upon to get information
to you if you should happen to miss a session. This is your
responsibility to get notes, due dates and information from
sessions you missed.
(This signed agreement and worksheet turned in is worth 5 instructor choice points)
Student/Instructor Agreement for ECE 111- Introduction to Early Childhood Education
The following agreement is designed to clarify how you will successfully complete this
class. I will adhere to the expectations outlined on this agreement. Please know that the
procedures and expectations outlined are designed to conduct an orderly learning
environment. I realize that things happen in our lives outside of school that may affect
one’s performance. Please keep in mind that I will be firm on following through on this
agreement, but there are no personal values involved. I will do everything I can to help
you succeed. I truly admire the fact that you are furthering your education. I empathize
with all that is involved in this most important journey.
You are an integral part of this course. Being here is essential to understanding what is expected. Involving
yourself in the learning process is the key to success in this class. You are expected to attend and thoroughly
participate in all classes through questioning, discussing, reading, thinking, observing, sharing, trying, wondering,
listening, writing, researching and having fun!
Each student is expected to take responsibility for maintaining a healthy learning environment during class
activities and preparing for class. Being prepared for class includes: reading text and packet, completing
assignments, attendance, and participation in class activities. A final class grade of 2.0 will be the highest grade
allowed if a student goes beyond 3 class absences or 6 missed hours of class. An incomplete or NC will be
given if a student goes beyond 5 class absences or 10 missed hours of class. Leaving early and/or arriving late
counts against the hours allowed. If you enter class after attendance has been taken it is your responsibility to make
sure the instructor changes your absence to a late arrival. It is not the instructor’s responsibility to keep track of late
arrivals. Your late arrival will be counted as an absence if you do not meet with the instructor at the end of that
particular class session. Late arrivals may become an issue. Keep track of your attendance! If necessary, you will
need to initiate a withdrawal process so that a grade of NC is not recorded on your transcript. Be sure and check
the date this must be accomplished during the quarter. Students who only miss 1 session or have perfect
attendance receive 5 bonus points toward their final grade. I would like to thank you in advance for achieving
Students are expected to take the initiative for assignments, due dates, missed classroom activities, withdrawals,
and information given in class. Find a partner in class that you can rely upon to get information to you if you
should happen to miss a session. It is your responsibility to get notes, due dates and information from sessions you
*Only assignments turned in on designated due dates and meeting criteria will receive full points.
*Assignments turned in late will qualify for “C” grades or lower.
*Take-home tests will not be accepted for full credit after the beginning of class on the due date. Due date will be
announced. Arrange to have your test delivered to class if necessary. You may not take these tests in class.
*All observations in the Children’s Center Laboratory school will remain confidential.
*Academic honesty as described in the College Catalog will be reinforced.
*Cell phones and pagers will be turned off unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor. Texting
is class is unacceptable.
I have read and understand the Student/Instructor Agreement.
Signed ________________________________ Date ___/___/___