Intergenerational Programming

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 158

       Course Name: Intergenerational Programming

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Short-term course introduces the field of intergenerational programming.  Focus on inclusion of older adults in early childhood setting, and necessary elements for designing successful intergenerational programs.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.    To sensitize Early Childhood students and professionals to the advantages of interacting with older adults and incorporating appropriate aging education content.

2.    To provide students with the basis techniques for the development of a successful intergenerational program within an early childhood setting.

3.    To provide students with a knowledge and understanding of different types of intergenerational programs, with an emphasis on programs which provide children a balanced perspective on the aging process.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

Background and philosophy of intergenerational programs
Benefits of intergenerational programming
Program goals and objectives
Professional development, and support systems for staff and volunteers
Overview of program models, marketing initiatives and budgeting and operational considerations
Considerations for environments to support children and older adults interactions
Intergenerational resources

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Class discussions
In class projects
Media presentations
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Attendance and participation
All assigned readings
Successful completion of exams and in class assignments

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Varies by instructor.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation, and the student’s performance on any written assignments and collaborative work.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at