Infant/Toddler Programming

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 216

       Course Name: Infant/Toddler Programming

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

ECE 215 with minimum grade of C or consent of instructor or department chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course investigates overall classroom and school functioning in infant/toddler settings. Content includes curricular models, daily operational procedures, and evaluative devices.

IV.   Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, students who satisfactorily complete all work will be able to:
A.    Discuss the purposes of group care for children 0 – 3 years of age
B.    Describe different types of programs and list characteristics of all good programs for children 0 – 3 years of age
C.    Evaluate a program for 0 – 3 year old children and make recommendations for its improvement
D.    Set up a physical environment and plan overall daily and long-range activities for infants and toddlers in group care
E.    Observe and assess infant/toddler development and recognize signs of developmental problems.

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

1.    Purposes and needs for infant/toddler group education

2.    Categorizing programs for infants and toddlers:
a.    home and center based
b.    day care/play
c.    normal/special needs children
d.    licensing standards

3.    Model Programs for infants and toddlers

4.    Current research: effects of group care for children 0 – 3 years old

5.    Developing a facilitative environment

6.    Evaluating programs for infants and toddlers

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture/Discussion, guest speakers, program observations, films, and filmstrips.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are required to attend class, actively participate in discussions, presentations and activities, and complete assign work.

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

A.    Mid-term and final exam
B.    Written program observations
C.    Program evaluation
D.    In-class oral report
E.    Class involvement and participation

XI.   Other Course Information

The instructor will provide each class with further information as to attendance, policies, and support systems.

Plagiarism/Cheating policies are covered under the Academic Dishonesty Section of the current catalog.

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