Topics in Ealry Childhood Education

I.     Course Prefix/Number: ECE 290

       Course Name: Topics in Ealry Childhood Education

       Credits: 1 - 4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Prerequisite may vary by topic.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course designed to meet special interest needs of ECE students and in-service needs of early childhood teachers. Special topics offered for variable credit. Students may repeat ECE 290 up to three times.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete the course should be able to understand, analyze, and explain the major concepts and principles related to the topic studied, and apply principles to practical situations encountered in ECE settings.

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

One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

- In Example-

  1. Lecture and discussion
  2. Working problems and reviewing solutions
  3. Collaborative work

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

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Students must perform on a college level in reading, writing, problem solving, oral presentation and applications of principles.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

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

- In Example -

  1. 90-100%
  2. 80-89%
  3. 70-79%
  4. 60-69%
  5. Below 60%

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

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at