ECE Course Descriptions


Clark College
Early Childhood Education
Course Descriptions


Washington State Skill Standards will be utilized for purposes of assessment in support of each of the competencies.

ECE 100 – Child Development from Birth to Six - 3 credits (online only)

Child Growth and Development from birth to age five, including the physical, emotional, cultural, cognitive, and creative age-related changes, with a focus on the development of a sense of self. Course lasts for the traditional 10 weeks.
Provides instruction in ECE competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; and 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity

Students will have assignments and discussion in the form of interactive email. The class will last for 10 weeks but you can log on any time day or night. Students can expect to spend a minimum of 12-15 hours per week online.
Tuition for 3 credits plus $ 30.00 distance learning fee.

ECE 102- Science and Mathematics for Young Children (3 credits) 
       
Planning age-appropriate science and math activities and environments for
preschool aged children. Ways of teaching through plants, animals, field trips and manipulative materials.
Provides instruction in ECE competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning and 6. Curriculum Development

ECE 103 - Child Nutrition, Health and Safety (3 credits)

Nutrition, health and safety information for parents, teachers, and others interested in young children. Understanding eating habits, wholesome foods, and menu planning for early childhood groups. Creating safe and healthy environments at home and school. Childhood diseases and infection control
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 9. Health, Safety and Nutrition
This class was formerly listed as FLFN 105. Credits may not be earned for both ECE 103 and FLFN 105.

ECE 104 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (3 credits)

Introduction to various topics regarding children with special needs and exploration of concepts of inclusion and individualized instruction.  Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity; 6. Authentic Assessment; and 7. Curriculum Development.

ECE 105 - Individualized Instruction I (2 credits)
- Prerequisite: Completion of ECE 104

Theory and methodology for use in special education preschool programs and for inclusion of children with special needs into preschool classes. Exploring personal perceptions of disabilities and biases commonly held. Understanding the impact of environmental influences on ability.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity; 5. Authentic Assessment; and Curriculum Development

ECE 106 - Individualized Instruction II (2 credits)
- Prerequisite: Completion of ECE 105

Theory and methodology for use in special education preschool programs and for inclusion of children with special needs into preschool classes. Students will select a topic of personal interest related to inclusion for in-depth exploration and research.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity; 5. Authentic Assessment; and Curriculum Development

ECE 108-Programs for Infants (3 credits)

Principles and theories of infant growth and development. Provides instruction in ECE Competencies 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 6. Curriculum Development; and 7. Environmental Design.

ECE 109 - Programs for Toddlers (3 credits)

Principles and theories of toddler growth and development including age-appropriate activities and environments.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 6. Curriculum Development; and, 7. Environmental Design.

ECE 110- Growth, Development and Guidance of School-Agers (3 credits)

An introduction to growth, development and guidance of school-aged children in child care settings including, but not limited to: social, cognitive, emotional, moral, physical, and self development; guidance and communication; conflict resolution; and working with families involved in School-Aged programs.
Provides instruction in ECE competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning, 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity, 4. Communication, and, 5. Observation and Assessment.

ECE 112 – Curriculum for School-aged Children (3 credits)

Curricular programming in School-Age programs including, but not limited to environmental planning and organization, curriculum, age and developmentally appropriate practices, documentation, emergent curriculum, inclusive and culturally responsive curriculum, the Project Approach, and summer programming.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity; 4. Communication; 5. Authentic Assessment; 6. Curriculum Development; and 7. Environmental Design.

ECE 114 - Environments for Children (3 credits)

Planning physical space appropriate to children's cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Develop an understanding of the role of environments on children's learning and behavior including schedules, materials, room arrangement, and center-based learning. Incorporating diversity through the environment.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 7. Environmental Design, but also provides instruction in ECE Competencies 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity and 8. Child Guidance.

ECE 116- Literature and Story Telling for Children (3 credits)
     
The development of literacy in young children through the use of literature, storytelling and other media. Develop an understanding of book selection and delivery styles including issues of diversity.
Provides instruction in ECE competencies: 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity; 4. Communication; and, 6. Curriculum Development.

ECE 121 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (4 credits)
- 2 hours per week lab arranged

History, philosophy, research, current trends and issues in Early Education. Developmentally appropriate practices in programs for children aged birth through 6 years. Two hours per week participation in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. One observation in an outside agency.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 2 Cultural and Individual Diversity; 4. Communication; 5. Authentic Assessment; 6. Curriculum Development;
7. Environmental Design; 10. Professionalism; and,11. Administration.

(This class is available in an on-line format as ECE 131-3 credits, typically in the summer. Students may receive credit for only one of these classes, either 121 or 131.)

ECE 123 – Early Childhood Program Regulations and Best Practices (2 credits)

Overview of the minimum licensing requirements for ECE programs in the State of Washington as well as recommended best practices as set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and other professional organizations. Includes application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to programs and practices. Covers recognition and reporting of child maltreatment.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 2 Cultural and Individual Diversity; Competency 9. Health, Safety and Nutrition; 10. Professionalism; and, 11.Administration.

ECE 124 - Guiding Behavior of Young Children (3 credits)

Developing observational and interpretive skills in the guidance of young children. Specific approaches and guidance techniques. Curriculum planning from a developmental multicultural perspective. Observations to be arranged.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 8. Child Guidance. Also provides instruction in ECE Competencies: 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; 2. Cultural and Individual Diversity;
4. Communication; 5. Authentic Assessment; 6. Curriculum Development; and 7. Environmental Design.

ECE 202- Child and Family (3 credits)

An ecological perspective of the family and the socialization of children. Areas of focus include an examination of family structures, historical and economic perspectives, stressors, family dynamics and multiple perspectives of culture with ensuing impacts on families participating in early childhood programs.  Provides instruction in ECE Competency 3: Family Systems.

(This class is also available in an online format, typically in the summer.)

ECE 208 - Early Language Facilitation (2 credits)

A brief overview of early language development and the relationship to family and culture. Strategies to facilitate communication development and peer interaction will be presented as well as specific language learning activities.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning; and 4. Communication.

ECE 209/210- Learning Experiences for Young Children I (6 credits)
-Prerequisite: Completion of ECE 124

Explore curriculum planning processes with a special focus on an environmental approach using observations of children's development, dramatic play, literacy and art.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 6. Curriculum Development, but also includes instruction in a majority of the other competencies.  

ECE 211 and 212 - Learning Experiences for Young Children II (6 credits)
-Prerequisite: ECE 209/210

Further develop curriculum planning processes with a special emphasis on scheduling and project approach planning using observations of children's play and knowledge of child development. Areas of study include science, math, group experiences, music/movement, and outdoors. Conduct case studies and provide peer support and feedback.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competencies 5. Authentic Assessment and 6. Curriculum Development, but also includes instruction in a majority of the other competencies.

ECE 213/214 - Learning Experiences for Young Children III (6 credits)
-Prerequisite: ECE 211 and 212

Further develop curriculum planning processes with special emphasis on emergent and integrated thematic approaches while applying knowledge of multiple intelligences. Areas of study include parent/teacher relationships, teacher developmental stages, staff communication and relationships. In-depth study of individual and cultural diversity as related to knowledge of child development.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 6. Curriculum       Development, but also includes instruction in a majority of the other competencies.

ECE 215 - Early Childhood Seminar (2 credits)

-Prerequisite: ECE 214; Concurrent enrollment in ECE 199, 15 hours per week required as field placement for students in ECE program
Seminar on professionalism, ethics and issues in teaching and administration.
Provides instruction in ECE Competencies 10. Professionalism and, 11. Administration

PSYC 211 - Human Development (5 credits)

Principles and theories of human growth and development; and the interaction of psychological, biological, and social factors throughout the life span.
Provides instruction primarily in ECE Competency 1. Child Growth, Development and Learning