COURSE SYLLABUS Early Childhood Education School of Community Education and Professional Development COURSE NUMBER: ECE 2212 COURSE TITLE: Basic Child Growth and Development II Instructor: Tamara Brickey Office: Fayetteville, AR E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours: My office hours vary since I travel. Email will be the best method to contact me. I will email you back as soon as possible. Catalog Description: A study of the developmental principles of the developmental stages of the preschool and young school age child from age four through age eight. Course Description: Two credit hours. This course is designed for prospective early childhood teachers at the undergraduate level. The primary purpose is to help students gain an understanding of the physical, intellectual, social, emotional and personality growth and development of the child from age four thru age eight. Current research and ideas in early childhood development will be used in conjunction with historical approaches to examining growth and development. Field experiences with preschool children will be an integral part of this course. General Education Requirements The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime. Students who have completed the general education curriculum at Arkansas Tech University will be able to: Communicate effectively Think critically Develop ethical perspectives Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning Demonstrate knowledge of the arts and humanities Understand wellness concepts Rationale: Knowledge about child growth, development, and learning is constantly evolving. This ever- expanding field of research and its resulting knowledge base indicates that the most critical periods of growth in children occur during the first eight years. These predictable sequences of growth and change in children occur in all domains of development-physical, emotional, social and cognitive. Knowledge of typical development of children provides a framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and plan appropriate experiences. How Course Meets Objectives for the Child Development Associate (CDA) This course outline is based on the CDA Competency Standards, which define the skills needed by child care providers. The assessment and credentialing of child care providers is administered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Assessment is available in several settings. Visit the Council’s website at: http://www.cdacouncil.org for specific information on the CDA National Credentialing program. Any student wanting to obtain a CDA Certificate through the National Council for Professional Development course should contact Jana Bays at email@example.com for assistance if you are a Child Development Inc. (CDI) employee. If you are not a CDI employee, contact Tamara Brickey, the instructor for this class. Ms. Bays will provide guidance on the stages of assessment and completing the application for assessment. The student should inform the instructor of this contact. Completion of this course does not automatically result in the awarding of the CDA certificate. The following CDA content areas will be covered in this course: Steps to advance children’s physical and intellectual development. Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families. Principles of child development and learning. Information on the availability of funds for the CDA assessment or renewal can be obtained from the Arkansas Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, 101 E. Capital, Ste 106, Little Rock, AR 72201. The phone number is 501-682-4891. Goals: 1. To understand the evolution of early childhood development from a historical viewpoint through current concepts and theories of development. 2. To understand the development of the whole child-physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and cognitive from age four through age eight. 3. To be aware of outside influences and variables such as biological, cultural, technological, socio-economic and familial influences on the development of the young child. 4. To understand the effects of early development on the development of later childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Course Objectives: 1. To read material from the text. 2. To investigate through inquiry and discussion the overall growth and development of the child, from age four through eight. 3. To explore, in depth, specific areas of development of the preschool and young school age child's growth and development through readings, discussion, and other methods of investigation. Course Content: Review of theories of growth and development with emphasis on the preschool and young school age stages or concepts. a. Psychoanalytic Theories b. Behavioral Theories c. Cognitive Theory d. Ecological Systems Part V. The Young Child Ages 4 Through 5 a. Chapter 11 Physical and Motor Development Ages 4 Through 5 b. Chapter 12 Social and Emotional Development Ages 4 through 5 c. Chapter 13 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development Ages 4 Through 5 Part VI. The Young Child Ages 6 through 8 a. Chapter 14 Physical and Motor Development Ages 6 Through 8 b. Chapter 15 Social and Emotional Development Ages 6 through 8 c. Chapter 16 Cognitive, Language, and Literacy Development Ages 6 through 8 Methods of Instruction: Web Based Guided Instruction Individual inquiry and investigation through print material from text Discussion Questions Important Information: Please read the syllabus!!! It is extremely important that you follow the instructions in the syllabus when completing an assignment. Participation: Your participation includes: reading the syllabus, reading the text, and completing all required quizzes. I do have to report to Arkansas Tech if you are not participating in class. If you have problems with your server or other computer issues, please contact me immediately if it is going to affect whether you take a quiz or complete an assignment on time. You may need to make alternate arrangements to complete the requirements of the class. Methods of Evaluation: You will have at least one graded assessment each week, some weeks you will have two graded assignments. Points are earned by students in the following areas: 1. Quizzes 5 points will vary 250 pts. (Approx.) 2. Discussion Questions 2 10 pts each 20 pts 3. Final Test 1 130 pts. 130 pts. (Approx.) Course Requirements: Quiz There will be five quizzes using the format of multiple-choice and true-false. Discussion Questions There will be two Discussion Questions will be posted and you must post a meaningful response to the questions. Tests There will be Final Test which will include all the material covered in the semester. Required text: The Young Child - Development from Pre-birth through Age Eight. Janet K. Black and Margaret B. Puckett, Fifth Edition. QUIZ The quiz will be available until the due date which means you must take the quiz before 10 pm on the due date. Do not wait until 9pm of the due date and then try to take the quiz in case you have computer problems. After the due date the quiz will no longer be available for you, so you cannot get behind, and then expect to take several quizzes at one time. You must take a quiz by the due date whether any other previous assignment grades have been posted or not. Due Dates for Quizzes/Tests-if due dates change you will be informed, quizzes/tests will be made available at least one week prior to the due date by 10pm except for Quiz 1 (Syllabus quiz) and Quiz 2. Date available no later than Due Date Quiz 1-- Syllabus 6-07-10 6-09-10 Quiz 2—Chapter 11 6-07-10 6-11-10 Quiz 3-- Chapter 12 6-11-10 6-18-10 Quiz 4—Chapter 13-14 6-18-10 6-25-10 Quiz 5—Chapter 15 6-25-10 7-02-10 Final (Chapter 11-16) 7-02-10 7-09-10 Discussion Questions. Two Discussion Questions will be posted and you must post a meaningful response to the questions on the Discussion Board. Do not send as part of an email. If you send your Discussion Question response by email, it will not be graded. Your response to these questions must be more significant that “I agree or I disagree” or similar type comments. Please write in complete sentences. If you do not post by the due date, you will receive a zero for the assignment. There will be no extensions. Due Dates for Discussion Questions Date available no later than Due Date Discussion Question 1 6-09-10 6-16-10 Discussion Question 2 6-23-10 6-30-10 Extremely Important Notice Attendance in the online class is documented by submission of assignments and completion of quizzes and examinations. Students missing three assignments will be reported to ATU Early Alert System. Students maybe dropped from the class for excessive absenteeism by the instructor. ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: University policy will be followed. At a minimum, the student (and any student caught assisting in the misconduct) will be given an automatic "F" for the test/assignment in question and possibly an "F" for the course. Note: Students are required to document properly all sources used in academic work. Failure to do so could involve the student in a charge of plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as repeating another's sentence as your own, paraphrasing someone else's argument as your own, or even presenting someone else's line of thinking (to include other students) in the development of a thesis as though it were your own. Discussions and exchanges of ideas among students on class projects and papers are acceptable; however, students should credit appropriate sources for both ideas and words. For example, you must use quotation marks when citing someone's exact words and you must document quotes and paraphrases. When outside sources are used, a Bibliography or a Works Consulted page must be included. Discussion of material with others is part of a legitimate learning experience that should be encouraged in a policy relevant course. Nevertheless, the final project or paper must be the student's own properly documented work. A student charged with plagiarism will receive (at a minimum) zero points for the assignment. Subsequent cases of plagiarism will result in a minimum of one letter grade course reduction for each incident. In addition, any student who aids another student in plagiarism (e.g., provides a completed homework assignment to another student for submission) will be treated as also being involved in plagiarism and appropriate penalties will apply. Egregious cases of plagiarism (i.e., large sections copied from another source) will result in an automatic "F" for the course.