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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)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Short-term course focuses on patterns of growth and development in the child from birth to age three.  Content includes strategies for designing safe, healthy, learning environments and creating appropriate learning activities.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, students who satisfactorily complete all work will be able to:

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

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

1.    The First Year of life – developmental characteristics, challenges and needs
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

1.    Lecture
2.    Discussion
3.    Media Presentations
4.    Observation
5.    Hands on Activities
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

1.    Reading
2.    Writing
3.    Oral Presentations

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

Presentation
Group Participation
Test
Written Report

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.