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Early Childhood Education

Students taking Early Childhood Education and Education courses that include field work may be required to pay for Live Scan fingerprint processing and/or a TB test.

ECE 2, Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 11.

An examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity.

1712   11:30a-2:35p F   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1712 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

1713   3:00p-6:05p T   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1713 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

1714   3:00p-6:05p Th   BUNDY 339   Karaolis O

Above section 1714 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

1715   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Pourroy D M

Above section 1715 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1716   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Pourroy D M

Above section 1716 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ECE 4, Language and Literature for the Young Child    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2 and Psychology 11.

This course provides a developmental framework for planning and implementing experiences that support and extend children’s abilities to use language as a means of communication, as a medium of creative expression and as a tool in the development of logical thought. It introduces techniques for assessing children’s language skills and for developing a program to meet those needs through individual interactions and group activities. The course reviews the current research pertaining to language acquisition and pre-reading skills development within a culturally sensitive framework. Students will review children’s literature and obtain practice in story selection, reading and storytelling to young children.

1717   11:30a-2:35p W   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1717 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4128   6:30p-9:55p Th   BUNDY 328   Mc Peake P

Above section 4128 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 5, Math and Science for the Young Child   3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2 and Psychology 11.

This course applies child development principles to the planning of science and mathematics experiences for both typically and atypically developing young children. Emphasis is placed on understanding how children develop problem-solving skills, and on recognizing how teachers can facilitate inquiry-discovery experiences for young children with diverse learning styles and needs. Course work includes participation in experiments and field experiences in life sciences. Students are required to develop and provide developmentally and culturally appropriate activities in science and mathematics activities for young children.

1718   11:30a-2:35p M   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1718 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 8, Creative Experiences – Art, Music and Movement   3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2 and Psychology 11.

This course applies child development principles to planning multicultural art, music, and movement experiences for young children. It covers the role of art, music, and movement in developing children’s physical-motor, social-emotional, and cognitive skills, with emphasis on providing conditions that encourage development of creativity and aesthetic awareness. Class work includes workshops and field experiences in planning and implementing appropriate creative experiences with young children.

1719   3:00p-6:05p M   BUNDY 339   Karaolis O

Above section 1719 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 11, Child, Family and Community   3 units

Transfer: UC, CSU • IGETC Area 4 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
   •   Prerequisite: Psychology 11 or Early Childhood Education 2.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

This course is an examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school and community with an emphasis on historical and socio-cultural factors. Studies of family systems in contemporary society as they impact children and their individual heritage, diverse culture, ability and language will be examined highlighting at least three major American cultures (Latino American, African American, Asian American, Native American, and European American). The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families.

1720   3:00p-6:05p MW   BUNDY 235  Gray L B

Above section 1720 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 09, at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

1721   3:00p-6:05p W   BUNDY 321   Grace Y H

Above section 1721 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

1722   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Tannatt M G M

Above section 1722 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1723   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Tannatt M G M

Above section 1723 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4129   6:30p-9:35p W   BUNDY 328   Grace Y H

Above section 4129 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 17, Introduction to Curriculum    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age 6. Students will examine a teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning role of play. An overview of content areas will include but not limited to: Language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art, music and creativity, math and science.

1724   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Manson L J

Above section 1724 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4130   6:30p-9:35p W   BUNDY 339   Richard C

Above section 4130 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 19, Teaching in a Diverse Society    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course satisfies the Santa Monica College Global Citizenship requirement.

Examination of the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Students will recognize and contrast cultural and historical perspectives of at least 3 American cultural groups (Latino American, African American, Asian American, Native American and European American) to promote understanding, knowledge, and skills for educating children in a pluralistic society. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. The course includes self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling.

1725   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Talleda M L

Above section 1725 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4131   6:30p-9:35p M   BUNDY 416   Druker S L

Above section 4131 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 21, Observation and Assessment    4 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 11, Early Childhood Education 2 and 11, and one of the following: Early Childhood Education 4, 5, 8, 17.

This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children’s success. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools are explored. Students will also be required to complete 39 hours of work in an early childhood setting.

1726   3:00p-6:05p Th   BUNDY 321   Dophna G R

   Arrange-3 Hours        

Above section 1726 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4132   6:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 339   Grace Y H

   Arrange-3 Hours        

Above section 4132 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 22, Practicum in Early Childhood Education    5 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 21 and 64.

This course is a demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. Students will also be required to complete 90 hours of work in an early childhood setting.

4133   6:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 328   Backlar N P

   Arrange-6 Hours        Backlar N P

Above section 4133 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

4134   6:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 321   Bacino J R

   Arrange-6 Hours        Bacino J R

Above section 4134 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 23, Fieldwork in Early Intervention    5 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 45 and 49.

This course provides students with fieldwork experience working with infants, toddlers and young children with special needs in a variety of early intervention and educational settings, including natural environments, self-contained and fully-included early childhood classrooms. It integrates learned theoretical models to real-life situations and affords students opportunities for supervised practice as an assistant in an early childhood special education setting, home visiting program or as an early intervention support person in a general education classroom. Students will be required to do 90 hours of supervised fieldwork in an early intervention setting.

4135   6:30p-9:35p T   BUNDY 335   Karaolis O

   Arrange-6 Hours        Karaolis O

Above section 4135 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 41, Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Programs   3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2, 11, 21, 22 and Psychology 11. • Advisory: Experience as an early childhood teacher.

This course introduces Early Childhood Education Center supervision and administration to the experienced teacher planning to become an administrator of programs for infant, preschool and school-age programs. Basics of establishing goals, policies, job descriptions, fundraising, publicity, budgets and records will be explored. Personnel policies, staff selection, training and laws governing early childhood programs pertaining to both typical and atypical children will be emphasized. This course meets the requirements of the State Department of Social Services for directors of programs under their supervision.

1727   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn A C

Above section 1727 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ECE 43, Supervision and Administration 2    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 41.

This course builds on the content from ECE 41 and further defines the director’s role in an Early Childhood Education Center for infant, preschool and school age programs. Topics include legislative policies, fiscal management, leadership, code of ethics, assessment, staff development, and the supervisor as a change agent. This course provides in-depth examination of the California Department of Education Title 5 expectations and requirements pertaining to children developing typically and atypically.

1728   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn A C

Above section 1728 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ECE 45, Children with Special Needs    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This introductory course in the education of children with special needs provides an overview of laws, definitions, methodologies, trends and issues, and current research in special education. The course covers various categories of disability, including learning and physical disabilities, autism, mental retardation, behavioral disorders, communication disorders, visual and/or hearing impairments, attention deficit disorders and giftedness. Topics are examined from a culturally sensitive, family-focused perspective that emphasizes the importance of understanding children with special needs in order to educate them effectively.

1729   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Parise W A

Above section 1729 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4136   6:30p-9:35p M   BUNDY 328   Joachim S L

Above section 4136 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 46, Infant through Toddler Studies    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: Psychology 11.

This course includes an overview of the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of both typically and atypically developing infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age. It will include basic principles of care giving, arrangement and accommodations of the environment; working with other staff, early interventionists, parents and the community; identifying young children with characteristics of special needs and those who may be at risk for disabilities, and making appropriate referrals; and providing culturally sensitive and consistent care. This course is designed for caregivers of infants and toddlers so that they will have greater understanding of the diverse needs and abilities of the young children they care for and to increase their knowledge and awareness of the issues that impact the youngest children’s lives in today’s families.

1730   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   McGrath M T

Above section 1730 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4137   6:30p-9:35p MW   BUNDY 321   McGrath M T

Above section 4137 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 19 to Apr 09, at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 48, Adult Supervision and Mentoring, ECE/CD   2 units

   •   Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education 2. • Advisory: Early Childhood Education 21.

Completing this course is one of the steps required to become a California Mentor Teacher. It does not guarantee automatic selection as a California Mentor Teacher.

This course is required by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for Master Teachers, Site Supervisors and Program Directors. Included in the course is the study of the methods and principles of supervising student teachers, assistant teachers, parents and volunteers in early childhood/child development classrooms. Emphasis is on the role of classroom teachers and site directors who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents and other staff. This course requires 4 hours of outside time to complete an infant/toddler or preschool observation and assessment tool.

1731   Arrange-4.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Khokha E W

Above section 1731 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

ECE 49, Early Intervention Strategies    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None. • Advisory: Psychology 11 and Early Childhood Education 45.

This course will focus on the theories, research, and practical applications from the field of early intervention. Special education topics covered will include curriculum modification strategies to facilitate the development of cognitive, motor, social, emotional and language skills in infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs. Specific attention will be aimed at developing behavior management plans, collaborative teaching, lesson planning strategies, and methods for working with and parents of young children with special needs.

4138   6:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 339   Joachim S L

Above section 4138 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 51, The Reggio Approach    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

In cooperation with the State Commission of Teacher Credentialing, this course will focus on the theories, research, and practical application of the Reggio Emilia Approach as applicable to early childhood education in the U.S. The key concepts of collaboration between parents, teachers and children; observation of how children construct theories; documentation and reflection of the learning process; the expanded role of the teacher as a co-constructor of knowledge, and the examination of the impact of the environment in facilitating children’s learning will be studied.

1732   3:00p-6:05p W   BUNDY 339   Khokha E W

   3:00p-6:05p W   BUNDY 339   Heimann R Y

Above section 1732 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 52, Documentation: Making Learning Visible    1 unit

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course highlights documentation as a process focusing on children’s experiences, thoughts and ideas during the course of their projects. Documentation sharpens and focuses teacher’s awareness of their role in children’s experiences and development. Students will be introduced to the forms, tools, and uses of documentation as well as the elements by which effective documentation can make learning visible to children, parents and teachers.

4139   6:30p-9:35p Th   BUNDY 321   Khokha E W

Above section 4139 meets for 6 weeks, Apr 24 to May 29, at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 64, Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children    3 units

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health safety and nutrition. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. Focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children.

1733   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Manson L J

Above section 1733 meets for 8 weeks, Feb 18 to Apr 11, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

1734   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn A C

Above section 1734 meets for 8 weeks, Apr 21 to Jun 13, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

4140   6:30p-9:35p M   BUNDY 339   Wilson L M

Above section 4140 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 88A, Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education    1 unit

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

4141   5:00p-9:30p MTWTh   BUNDY 329   Parise W A

Above section 4141 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

ECE 88B, Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education    2 units

Transfer: CSU

Please see “Independent Studies” section.

1736   Arrange-2 Hours    BUNDY 317C   Parise W A

Above section 1736 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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