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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.

1222   8:00a-10:05a MTWTh   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1222 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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.

1223   10:15a-12:20p MTWTh   BUNDY 339   Dophna G R

Above section 1223 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.

1224   12:30p-2:35p MTWTh   BUNDY 339   Karaolis O

Above section 1224 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.

1225   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Tannatt M G M

Above section 1225 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1226   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   Talleda M L

Above section 1226 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1227   Arrange-6.5 Hours    ONLINE-E   Gunn A C

Above section 1227 meets for 8 weeks, Jun 23 to Aug 15, and is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1228   Arrange-9 Hours    ONLINE-E   McGrath M T

Above section 1228 is a Distance Education course conducted over the Internet. For additional information, go to smconline.org (schedule of classes).

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.

1229   12:30p-2:35p MTWTh   BUNDY 328   Backlar N P

Above section 1229 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.

1230   Arrange-6 Hours    BUNDY 317C   Parise W A

Above section 1230 meets at the Bundy Campus, 3171 South Bundy Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

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