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General Course Information for ECE415: Designing Emergent Curriculum

Course: ECE415 - Designing Emergent Curriculum
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description:

Focus on essential elements of curriculum design including writing of goals, learning outcomes, developmentally appropriate activities, assessment measures and integration of the arts. Alignment with national and state standards stressed.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the essential elements of curricula design
  • Design integrated curriculum for young children that include learning outcomes, developmentally age appropriate activities, and assessment measures for diverse settings and children
  • Demonstrate skills involving families in curriculum designs.
  • Design integrated curriculum for young children that meets standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young children and Child Development Associates
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children.
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children.
  • Create positive relationships and appropriate interactions with young children.
  • Create positive relationships and supportive interactions with young children
  • Create positive relationships and supportive interactions with young children.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in developmentally age appropriate practice in early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in developmentally appropriate age practice in early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood education.
  • Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood practice.
  • Develop active learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and nurturing for all young children.
  • Develop oral, written and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  • Develop oral, written and technological skills supporting children's growth and development through respectful, reciprocal engagements with individual learners, families, and the larger community.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and very young children.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and young children.
  • Develop oral, written, and technological skills supporting children's growth and development through respectful, reciprocal engagements with individual learners, families, and the larger community.
  • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
  • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education.
  • Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, structure of content areas, and resources for early childhood education.
  • Identify essential concepts, tools, relevant content areas and resources for developmentally age appropriate practice in early childhood education.
  • Identify essential concepts, tools, relevant content areas, and resources for developmentally age appropriate practice in early childhood education.
  • Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
  • Implement a curriculum that promotes developmental and learning outcomes for diverse young children.
  • Implement a developmental age appropriate standards-based curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for young children with special needs and implications of cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Implement a developmentally age appropriate standards-based curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for young children with special needs and implications of cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children's development and learning.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies in partnership with families and professionals to positively influence children's development and learning.
  • Use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible manner in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence children's development 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