Introduction to Infant and Toddler Care and Education
I. Course Prefix/Number: ECE 161
Course Name: Introduction to Infant and Toddler Care and Education
Credits: 1 (1 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of normal growth and development of infants and toddlers in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development.
B. Plan and assess age-appropriate activities for infants and toddlers in order to stimulate physical coordination, language learning, and other specific skills.
C. Analyze opinions about parent practices, child-rearing attitudes and child guidance techniques.
D. Identify components of quality care and managing a safe and healthy classroom environment.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
2. The Toddler – developmental characteristics, challenges and needs
3. Development of observation and assessment skills
4. Interactions with families that foster communication, mutual support and understandings
5. Environments which are anti-bias, developmentally appropriate and aesthetically appealing
6. Guidance techniques which foster self-esteem and optimal development
7. Development and assessment of activities for infants and toddlers
VII. Methods of Instruction
3. Media Presentations
5. Hands on Activities
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
3. Oral Presentations
IX. Instructional Materials
Varies by instructor.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
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
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.