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)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the course, students who satisfactorily complete all work will be able to:
- Discuss the history, scope and value of inclusion.
- Identify current DCFS & Federal laws related to children with special needs.
- Describe a developmentally appropriate environment for children in an Inclusion classroom.
- Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of special needs families.
- Identify resources and materials for an Inclusion classroom.
- Respond to needs of specific teaching and program needs.
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
- History, scope and value of Inclusion
- Federal, state, and local regulations
- Planning the curriculum
- Working with families of special needs families
- Resources and materials
- Development of anti-bias developmentally appropriate environments
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
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.