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Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 160

       Course Name: Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education

       Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Short-term course introduces students to history and models of inclusion.  Content includes methods for developing appropriate curricula, strategies for working effectively with parents.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students who satisfactorily complete all work will be able to:
A.    Discuss the history, scope and value of inclusion.
B.    Identify current DCFS & Federal laws related to children with special needs.
C.    Describe a developmentally appropriate environment for children in an Inclusion classroom.
D.    Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of special needs families.
E.    Identify resources and materials for an Inclusion classroom.
F.    Respond to needs of specific teaching and program needs.

V.    Academic Integrity

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    History, scope and value of Inclusion
B.    Federal, state, and local regulations
C.    Planning the curriculum
D.    Working with families of special needs families
E.    Resources and materials
F.    Development of anti-bias developmentally appropriate environments

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be conducted on a lecture/discussion basis.  The text will be augmented by readings, videos, guest speakers, observations, in-class group work, and student project and presentation.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Class participation, successful completion of all readings, course assignments, exams and in class presentations and projects.

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

Projects, tests, assignments, attendance and participation.

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.