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 C070.

This course provides an examination of the theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs, environments, with emphasis upon the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting the physical, social, creative, and intellectual development of 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. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Fall of odd years.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Associate Teacher certificate, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for infants and young children. Students examine the teacher's role in supporting development by using observation and assessment strategies and emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas include, but is not limited to: language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math, and science. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Associate Teacher certificate, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Fall of even years.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Associate Teacher certificate, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Lake Isabella in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate, the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree, and as a general education course.

Advisory: CHDV C100, ENGL C070.

This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There is an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Associate Teacher certificate, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate. Course may be used for the Human Services degree and certificate, the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree, and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Fall.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course provides an 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 are identified, along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. The class also focuses on integrating these concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children. Students may be required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate. Course may be used as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate. Course may be used as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070 and LIBR C100

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: CHDV C105 or CHDV C106 or CHDV C107, ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

This course develops the skills of storytelling and story reading for all ages. Special emphasis is on incorporating reading and writing activities into an emergent literacy program that supports children's language development through the use of children's literature. Students are required to observe children in a group setting. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: CHDV C105 or CHDV C106 or CHDV C107, ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Fall.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: CHDV C102, C104, C106, ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. Child centered, play oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as knowledge of curriculum content areas, are emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. 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. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate.

Limitation on Enrollment: Students must demonstrate they are clear of TB. Health and Safety and Students must meet the immunization requirements to work with young children. Health and Safety and Students must have a cooperating teacher placement identified before the semester starts. There is a check list counselors will have that students must complete in order to be enrolled in the course. Prerequisite: CHDV C100, CHDV C102, CHDV C104, CHDV C106, CHDV C121, CHDV C125, CHDV C200.

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. Child centered, play oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment, as well as knowledge of curriculum content areas, are emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. 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) clearance. 36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Early Childhood Education transfer degree, the Teacher certificate, the Master Teacher certificate, and the Site Supervisor certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course may be used for the Master Teacher certificate, the Human Services degree and certificate, and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

Students are introduced to the administration of early childhood programs. The course covers program types, budget, management, regulations, laws, 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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Site Supervisor certificate.

Limitation on Enrollment: Completion of 9 of Child Development course work including CHDV C251. Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Site Supervisor certificate.

Advisory: ENGL C070, LIBR C100.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every semester.

Course required for the Master Teacher certificate.

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