Early Childhood Careers (DOC) by keralaguest

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									                                            COLUMBIA AREA CAREER CENTER
                                              EARLY CHILDHOOD CAREERS
                                                  COURSE SYLLABUS
                                                      2010-2011

Instructor: Gina Greenplate
Office Phone: 214-3800 ext. 29701 (E-mail is checked more frequently)
Conference Times: E-mail to schedule an appointment
E-mail: rgreenpl@columbia.k12.mo.us

                                          www.career-center.org
COURSE DESCRIPTION
Early Childhood Careers is designed for those who want to work in careers involving young children.
Students have opportunities for experiences with preschoolers and their families. Students learn to
provide a safe, healthy and positive environment for young children and plan and carry out
developmentally appropriate activities that stimulate intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth.
Also, students prepare for Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. This credential helps open
doors to employment opportunities such as childcare provider, Head Start teacher, paraprofessional in the
early grades, and nanny.
Credit: 1 Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better both semesters of Introduction to Teaching Professions.
Recommended Courses: Psychology, Sociology, Child Development or Human Development.
Follow-up Courses: Teaching Professions Internship

COURSE OUTLINE
Introduction and overview of course
Unit 1: ...................................................................................... Providing a safe and healthy environment
Unit 2: .................................................................................................................Creating a learning paper
Unit 3: ................................................................................................... Promoting Physical Development
Unit 4: ................................................................................................Facilitating Cognitive Development
Unit 5: ............................................................................. Supporting Social and Emotional Development
Unit 6: ......................................................................................................................... Providing Guidance
Unit 7: ....................................................Establishing positive and productive relationships with families
Unit 8: .......................................................................................................Assessment in Early Childhood
Unit 9: ........................................................................ Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education
Unit 10: .......................................................................................... Running an Early Childhood Program
Unit 11: ............................................................................................................................. Professionalism
Unit 12: ...................................................................................................................... Career Development

MASTER LIST OF COMETENCIES TO BE COVERED (see end of syllabus)

SUPPLIES
1 ½ to 2 inch binder
24 tabbed dividers
Writing Instrument
Spiral Notebook
Box of Kleenex
1 container of Antibacterial Wipes

TEXTBOOKS and RESOURCE MATERIALS
Textbook:       The Child Care Professional by Karen Stephens
                Working with Young Children by Judy Herr
Infants, Children and Adolescents in Action by Laura E. Berk and Sara Harris
CDA Guide: The Child Development Associate Assessment System and Competency Standards by the
Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition
Licensing Guide: Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Homes and Child Care Centers from the Bureau
of Child Care MO Dept. of Health
Students also utilize Internet resources and professional journals to research early childhood topics.

CAREER CENTER EXPECTATIONS
         All Career Center classes strive to prepare students for adult life by teaching skills and behaviors
that will be valued in the workplace. The following expectations are stressed and graded in all Career
Center classes. Your instructor will review these, provide instruction in all areas and answer any
questions.
      Attendance – Be here on time each day, prepared to work, dressed appropriately
      Respect – Use appropriate language, be honest and truthful, be respectful of peers and adults
      Safety – Follow safety rules and procedures, keep work area orderly
      Responsibility – Complete work on time, follow directions, use resources to answer questions,
         ask for help when needed, contribute to class discussion
      Quality – Show determination to complete tasks, be consistent in quality, focus on the task at
         hand
      Team – Work as a productive team member in a variety of roles, communicate in a sensitive way

GRADING SYSTEM
Grading Scale:
                                  A =     94-100                   C =      73-76
                                  A- =    90-93                    C- =     70-72
                                  B+ =    87-89                    D+ =     67-69
                                  B =     83-85                    D =      63-66
                                  B- =    80-82                    D- =     60-62
                                  C+ =    77-79                    F =      59-00

Daily grades are given for activities such as preschool daily schedule planning, taking anecdotal notes in
the preschool and participating in after preschool discussions, brief writing assignments, short additions to
the CDA Professional Resource File (PRF), and student teaching in the preschool.

Projects will include assignments and projects such as those involving more extensive reading and
writing, larger contributions to the CDA Professional Resource File, and well-developed teaching
materials to be used with the preschoolers.

Grading is weighted as follows:

Lab: daily work including student teaching                         15%
Projects: includes large assignments and tests                     60%
Workplace readiness: includes Career Center Expectations           15%
                                                                   90%

Semester grades account for 90% and semester exams account for 10% of final letter grades.

Student literacy and math skills are assessed at the beginning and end of the course, but these assessments
are not part of course grades.
Lab: Students work with children in the Title I Preschool room. This program, located at Rock Bridge
High School Rm. 106, serves three, four, and five year old children. Students complete observations and
plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities under the joint supervision of their Career
Center instructor and the Title I teachers.

MAKE-UP POLICY

Excused (Parent Excused, Excused, Medical, Field Trips and Verified Absences)
    All missed work may be made up at full credit.
    It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the teacher to get make up work.
    All assignments are due on the announced date. A one-day extension is given for each day of
       school-excused absence.
    A one-day extension is given for each day of school-excused absence.
    Participation points may be made up by working in the classroom/shop/lab outside of class time
       or through alternate assignments determined by the instructor.
Suspension (ISS, OSS)
    It is the student’s responsibility to initiate contact with the teacher to get make up work.
    It is expected that missed work will be completed during suspension and submitted upon
       returning to school. A one-day extension is given for each day of absence and must be submitted
       upon returning to the classroom or school.
    Participation points must be made up by working in the classroom outside of class time or
       through alternate assignments determined by the instructor.
Truancy
    Work may not be made up. This will result in zero credit for missed work.
    Students will be subject to loss of participation points.
    Students may be permitted to take exams at full or partial credit as specified in individual course
       syllabi.

*All assignments will be due at the beginning of the class period on the due date assigned.

RETURN POLICY FOR SECOND SEMESTER
       Students who are performing below average, or who are failing the semester are subject to
removal from the program at semester. A student/parent conference will be held prior to the end of the
semester with the appropriate individuals present and alternatives will be discussed.

PREREQUISITE FOR ADVANCED COURSES
To be eligible to take advanced courses, a student must meet the prerequisites for the course in which
he/she wishes to enroll. Prerequisites vary by course, but generally include a minimum grade and
satisfactory performance on attendance and Career Center Expectations. See individual course
descriptions for specific prerequisite information. If the curriculum for a prerequisite course is modified
in any way, a pass/fail grade is issued. Pass/fail grades do not satisfy the grade requirement to take
advanced courses.
COLLEGE CREDIT
Articulation Credit
Students may earn college credit for career center classes through the Articulation process. College credit
awarded through Articulation gives the student a jump-start into a technical degree program by allowing
the student to by-pass certain entry-level classes at the college level for which the student has already
mastered the coursework. Articulated college credit is free and is transcripted after the student 1)
completes the high school course and 2) enrolls and completes the required number of credit hours at the
institution awarding the credit.
                     Eligibility: Grade of 80% or better in this class for the year
                          Attendance of 95% or better in this class for the year
                     Institutions: Moberly Area Community College

Dual Credit
College credit earned through Dual Credit is possible when the subject matter covered and the
competencies mastered are equivalent to those required in a particular college-level class as identified by
the post-secondary institution. Unlike articulation, there is a fee for the award of dual credit; however,
dual credit is transcripted for the student whether or not the student attends that college or university after
high school graduation. The transcripted credit is usually transferable to other post-secondary institutions.
                      Eligibility: Must meet the institution requirements for entrance
                      Institutions: University of Central Missouri- Warrensburg

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
The integrity of the academic program and the evaluation of each student's achievement are of primary
concern to educational institutions. Cheating on an educational exercise not only reflects dishonesty on
the part of the student, bus also diminishes the value of the work done by his/her classmates. Students
who cheat or plagiarize (using another's words, ideas or writing as one's own) shall be subject to the
following: referral to the assistant director; parent/guardian contacted; a zero recorded for the exercise;
possible detention and/or suspension; and/or removal from the course with a grade of “F” recorded on the
transcript.

STUDENT SERVICES
Student services are available to help students succeed in their technical classes. Students in technical
programs are eligible for extra assistance by asking for help or by having their teacher refer them to the
Student Services team. There are reading specialists, a math specialist, counselors and resource personnel
who will help students in classrooms, by appointment and/or before and after school with any problems
they are having in their technical classes. An employment specialist is available to students who are
looking for part-time or full-time jobs. In addition, persons knowledgeable about financial aid for post
high school training/education are available, as well as persons who can help students assess their
vocational strengths and preferences in order to make more informed career choices.

INSTRUCTOR’S PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
Education
2007 Masters of Education in Special Education, UMC
1995 Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, UMC

Employment
Present          Instructor for Career Center, Columbia Public Schools
1999-2008        Director of Easter Seals Child Development Center and Coordinator of respite and
                 specialized car seat loan program
1998-1999        Education Coordinator CMC-HDC Head Start
1997-1998        Education Specialist CMC-HDC Head Start
1996-1997        Family Development Advisor CMC-HDC Head Start
STUDENT YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
The Future Educators Association® (FEA) assists middle and high school students in exploring careers in
education. The association is unique in its ability to offer students unparalleled, age-appropriate
professional development opportunities, including an annual conference and access to a state-of-the-art
FEA social networking website. Through hands-on career exploration opportunities, FEA allows
members to assume leadership roles and develop professional skill sets that will serve them throughout
their careers. The association also connects students with chances to earn scholarship grants through its
sponsoring organization, PDK International.

DISCRIMINATION POLICY
As a political subdivision, employer, recipient of federal funds, and an education institution, the Board of
Education is prohibited from, and hereby declares a policy against, engaging in unlawful discrimination.
This included harassment and creating a hostile environment on the basis if race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation, or the use of leave protected by the Family
and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, and with regard to employment. The Board of
Education is an equal opportunity employer.

COMPUTER USE
The use of any Columbia Public School computer is a privilege, not a right. Users of computers are
obligated to conform to district and individual school policies and directions given by a staff member.
Using the CPS facilities to access information carried by the Internet or other such information services
must be for academic work assigned by a teacher. Depending on the nature of the situation, students who
violate this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary action, or as the case is with any other property of
the CPS, be held responsible for the cost of repair, replacement or maintenance of any damaged
equipment or materials. The school may have a student assigned to an alternative educational program.

								
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