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:

  1. Discuss the history, scope and value of inclusion.
  2. Identify current DCFS & Federal laws related to children with special needs.
  3. Describe a developmentally appropriate environment for children in an Inclusion classroom.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of special needs families.
  5. Identify resources and materials for an Inclusion classroom.
  6. Respond to needs of specific teaching and program needs.

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
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. History, scope and value of Inclusion
  2. Federal, state, and local regulations
  3. Planning the curriculum
  4. Working with families of special needs families
  5. Resources and materials
  6. 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, 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.

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.

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 www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.