Cerro Coso Community College

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Child Development Department Courses

Please note that college course and program curriculum is a process of continual change. Every effort is made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the information below, but students should consult a counselor or the faculty chair for the most current details regarding course descriptions, course applicability to programs, and patterns of course offerings at each Cerro Coso Community College campus location. That a course does not showing a pattern of offerings does not mean it is not offered, only that it may be offered irregularly. Consult counseling or the faculty chair for more information.

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Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides an historical context and theoretical perspectives of developmentally appropriate practices in early care and education. The course examines the role of the early childhood educator as well as the best practices for environmental design, curriculum, and teaching strategies. Topics include teacher-child relationships, professional ethics, career pathways, and professional standards. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course explores developmentally appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Teaching strategies and curriculum development based on theoretical frameworks, observation, and assessment will be explored. Emphasis is on the teacher’s role in supporting development and learning across the curriculum, including all developmental domains and content areas. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community and emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development is highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. Approved for IGETC Area 4G, CSU GE Area D7, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is a study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Students apply theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. This course emphasizes the role of family and relationships in development. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. Note: University of California grants transfer credit for either CHDV C105 or CHDV C106 but not both. Approved for CSU GE Area D7, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This introductory course examines the major physical, cognitive, social, and emotional developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. Students observe children, evaluate individual differences, and analyze characteristics of development at various stages according to developmental theories. Approved for IGETC Area 4G, CSU GE Area D7 or E, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides information on school-age developmental needs and stages, techniques for interacting positively and effectively with children, and ideas to assist in meeting the wide range of children’s needs. The design of schedules, policies, the environment and activities are based upon the understanding of children’s development, special needs and cultural background. Students are required to observe school-aged children in an out-of-school setting. Approved for Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces positive and effective approaches for guiding children’s behavior in the classroom and family settings. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the laws, regulations, standards, policies, and best practices related to health, safety, and nutrition in early childhood settings. Topics covered include nutrition, meal planning for various ages, and strategies to include educational experiences in children’s daily routines to teach positive health, safety, and nutrition habits. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. Approved for Local GE Area 7.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course examines the impact of various societal influences on the development of children’s social identity, covering developmentally appropriate, inclusive, and anti-bias approaches. Self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes, and bias are emphasized. Students are required to observe children and/or environments where children are in a group setting. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the variations in development of children with special needs, ages birth through eight, and the resulting impact on families. The course includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Advisory: CHDV C102, CHDV C106, CHDV C107, ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to effectively plan, document, and implement developmentally appropriate activities and strategies in an emergent curriculum that supports the developing language and literacy skills of children. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Advisory: CHDV C102, CHDV C106, ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course delves into the intricacies of play in the classroom and how children use play to develop meaning. Special emphasis is placed on building play into the curriculum for children aged birth to school-age. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Advisory: CHDV C102, CHDV C104, CHDV C106, CHDV C125, ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation tools and strategies to document young children’s development and learning. This course emphasizes the use of findings to inform and plan learning environments and experiences. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools are explored, along with strategies for collaboration with families and professionals. Students are required to observe children in a group setting.

Prerequisite: CHDV C100, CHDV C102, CHDV C104, CHDV C106, CHDV C121, CHDV C125, CHDV C200.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. In this course, students demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Reflective practice is emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate approaches, strategies, and techniques that promote development and learning. Students work in a supervised field experience and are required to perform at least 54 hours of practicum work under the direct supervision of a Master Teacher (or someone who would qualify as a Master Teacher) in an instructor-approved infant/toddler or preschool program. School-age program placement is restricted to before- and after-school programs or kindergarten. Participation in a placement setting requires proof of tuberculosis (TB) and immunization clearance.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. In this course, students learn to apply current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. The course examines essential policies, principles, and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months. Students are required to observe infants and/or toddlers in a group setting.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides instruction on how to implement quality programs for school-age children. Students learn assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs. Students use standards for school-age care to assess quality indicators in the areas of human relationships, indoor and outdoor environments, and curriculum. Students are required to observe school-aged children in out-of-school settings.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs in partnership with their families. The course focuses on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. The course emphasizes the role of the teacher as a professional working with families, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, and developing cultural competence. Students will be required to observe children in a group setting. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the administration of early childhood programs. It covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, and development and implementation of policies and procedures. The course examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques needed to organize, open, and operate an early care and education program. Students are required to observe licensed or license-exempt programs in their community.

Advisory: CHDV C251, ENGL C101, LIBR C100. Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of 9 units of Child Development course work including CHDV C251

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course presents effective strategies for personnel management and leadership in early care and education settings. The course includes legal and ethical responsibilities, supervision techniques, professional development, and reflective practices for a diverse and inclusive early care and education program. Students are required to observe licensed or license-exempt programs in their community.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course addresses the methods and principles of supervising student teachers, volunteers, staff, and other adults in early care and education settings. There is an emphasis on the roles and development of early education professionals as mentors and leaders. Students are required to observe licensed and license-exempt programs in their community. This course satisfies the adult supervision requirement for the Master Teacher level of the Child Development Permit Matrix.

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