General Course Information for ECE651: Current Issues in ECE

Course: ECE651 - Current Issues in ECE
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Course Description:

Focuses on current issues on early childhood. Particular attention paid to the transition to Kindergarten. Multiple perspectives considered. Addresses NAEYC/NCATE Advanced Standard 1: Promoting Child Development and Learning, Standard 2: Building Family and Community Relationships, Standard 4: Teaching and Learning and Standard 5: Growing as a professional.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify the critical factors that impact a young child's developmental and learning transitions.
  • Analyze and discuss the strengths, challenges and importance of addressing key transitions.
  • Demonstrate understanding by creating a plan to address transition issues that includes all stake holders: the child, the primary caregivers, teachers and administrators.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze and articulate the impact of theory, standards and current research in Early Childhood practice.
  • Analyze and articulate the impact of theory, standards and current research on Early Childhood practice.
  • Analyze and discuss the strengths, challenges, and importance of addressing key transitions.
  • Analyze and evaluate effective early childhood practice using critical thinking skills, active self-reflection and professional standards.
  • Analyze and evaluate effective early childhood practice using critical thinking skills, active self-refletion and professional standards.
  • Analyze and evaluate teaching strengths.
  • Apply and integrate evidence-based practices in current work situations to increase learning, growth and development.
  • Create a plan for addressing transition issues that includes all stakeholders: the child, primary caregivers, teachers, administrators, and policy makers
  • Develop a plan for continued growth in accordance with CTC Professional Growth Manual Guidelines
  • Propose further, action based research that will contribute to the existing research base

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:

National University Library:
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Contact the Library:

  • (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 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:

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

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.

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.

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