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General Course Information for ECE201: The Growing Child: Zero to 8

Course: ECE201 - The Growing Child: Zero to 8
Textbook: For the correct edition of the textbook assigned to a specific class, go to: http://www.nutextdirect.com

Course Description: Overview of major and theoretical frameworks and perspectives. Focus on gender and cultural impact on biological, physical, cognitive, social, moral, emotional and behavioral aspects of development for effective educational practices.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Summarize the major biological, physical, cognitive, social, moral, emotional and behavioral milestones of early childhood.
  • Demonstrate, both in writing and discussion, the impact of culture on healthy early childhood development.
  • Demonstrate, both in writing and discussion, an understanding of gender on healthy early childhood development.
  • Demonstrate, both in writing and discussion, the use of appropriate materials and plan educational activities to foster healthy child development.
  • Synthesize, both in writing and discussion, current issues in early childhood education and their implications for educational practice.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate-level written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate undergraduate-level application of analytical and critical thinking skills.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
    • Apply an interweaving of theory and practice into a child-centered curriculum which shows competence in selection of teaching strategies designed to create diverse developmentally appropriate, safe, learning environments.
    • Apply an interweaving of theory and practice into a child-centered curriculum which shows competence in selection of teaching strategies designed to create diverse developmentally appropriate, safe, learning environments.
    • Demonstrate communication skills that meet ethical, professional and legal guidelines and necessary to effectively work with families, school personnel, and other professionals.
    • Demonstrate communication skills that meet ethical, professional and legal guidelines and necessary to effectively work with families, school personnel, and other professionals.
    • Demonstrate developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate child-centered lessons, including cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical dimensions.
    • Demonstrate developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate child-centered lessons, including cognitive, language, social, emotional and physical dimensions.
    • Identify cultural diversity as it pertains to early childhood teaching.
    • Identify cultural diversity as it pertains to early childhood teaching.
    • Review developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate assessment instruments.
    • Review developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate assessment instruments.
  • UNIVERSITY INTERNSHIP CREDENTIAL PROGRAM FOR PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES SCHOOL COUNSELING
    • Appraise and address relevant social and diversity concerns and crises of individuals and groups of students.
    • Develop and evaluate comprehensive guidance programs based on relevant data.
    • Distinguish among major developmental theories (personality, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development) and chronological stages of life-long human development and their impact on school behavior and learning.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like: http://nu.libguides.com/citations

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:

URL: http://www.nu.edu/library.

Contact the Library:

  • RefDesk@nu.edu
  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty: http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml

Ethics:
Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Technology:
Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Diversity:
Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

Civility:
As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures