Charlsie H. Brooks
Adjunct Faculty -- Education
Harford Community College

Infant and Toddler Development
EDUC 110

Instructor:  Charlsie H. Brooks
E-Mail:  cbrooks@harford.edu 
Fax: 410-734-4646
Problems? For technical problems, please call the help desk at 443-412-2256. You may also e-mail to the help desk at online@harford.edu. For course specific questions, contact the instructor.

Course Description

This course will explore the best practices designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers as related to their physical growth and development, mental health, and human relationships. Attention will be given to the family and child's multicultural customs, gender equity and children with special needs, while insuring quality program development and implementation in out-of- home care environments.

Content will focus on the caregiver, the child, and the program being provided to meet the learning needs of the infant and toddler.

Textbook

Gonzalez- Mena, Janet and Widmeyer Eyer, Dianne, (2003). Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers: A Curriculum of Respectful, Responsive Care and Education, 6e, McGraw-Hill.

Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course of study, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the relationship between caregivers and the very young child.
  2. Examine the philosophy of education that is appropriate for infants and toddlers.
  3. Examine curriculum issues as they relate to infants and toddlers and a plan for learning.
  4. Understand the learning opportunities that are derived from play.
  5. Examine and understand the child's development in the areas of: attachment, perception, motor skills, cognition, language, emotions and social skills.
  6. Understand the child with special needs related to all developmental areas and know about available intervention services.
  7. Examine, assess and modify the total physical environment in the day care setting.
  8. Examine, assess and modify the social environment for the development of self-concept in infants and toddlers.
  9. Examine the roles of parents/family and staff as they relate to day care services.
  10. Understand issues relating to culture, gender and equity.

Course Requirements

Points:
A total of 200 points may be accrued throughout the course. They are as follows:

Essays  50 points
Project  50 points
Final Exam  30 points
Field Placement  40 points

Journal Entries

 30 points

Total

200 points

Grading Scale:

180 to 200 points A
160 to 179 points B
139 to 159 points C
118 to 138 points D

Special notes:

  1. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, THE DATE, AND A TITLE FOR EACH ASSIGNMENT THAT YOU COMPLETE.
  2. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DOUBLE SPACE ALL WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS.
  3. Cheating/plagiarism: The attempt of any student to present as his/her work that which he/she has not produced is regarded by the faculty and administration as a serious offense. Students are considered to have cheated if they use class material during online quizzes or are getting outside help during online quizzes. Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy material from books, magazines, or other sources, or if they paraphrase ideas from such sources without acknowledging them. Students guilty of either cheating or plagiarism, may receive a grade of F for the course and may be suspended or dismissed from the college.

Essays

Five 2 page essays are required related to topics within the text. The issues to be addressed are within the chapter activities. The essays will be graded accordingly:

Points earned:

10... Essay demonstrates a thorough understanding of the facts, concepts, and generalizations specific to the topic and provides new insights into some aspect of this information.
8 ... Displays an understanding of the facts, concepts, and generalizations that are specific to the topic.
5 ... Displays an incomplete understanding of the facts, concepts, and generalizations that are specific to the topic.
3 ... Displays severe misconceptions about the facts, concepts, and generalizations that are specific to the topic.
0 ... Displays writing which is extremely poor and not representative of the chosen topic.

NOTE-All written work submitted will be graded for grammar and spelling.

Project

A 6 to 8 page written project will be due at the end of the course.
The topic should be taken from the list below or one which has relevance to you personally. All topics should be discussed with the instructor at the beginning of the course.

The project will be worth a total of 50 points. The grade will be determined according to:

Content 40 points
Organization 10 points

Project Options

  1. Develop a list of materials/ supplies that you would be required to purchase in order to open a day care center. Remember to focus on meeting safety needs, health requirements as well as the learning needs of children, ages birth to three years. Describe the purpose of the designated items and which needs are met through their use. How much money would you spend?
  2. Observe and critique the services that are provided in a childcare setting. Use the checklist on pages 249-251 to guide the observation. Give concrete examples of what you observe and what needs are met for the children.
  3. Examine the legislation related to the provision of services for Infant's and Toddlers through Special Education, P.L. 99-457. How are these services delivered within jurisdictions in Maryland? What is required of the service providers? What is your opinion of this process of intervention?

Field Placement

Each student is required to complete a field placement assignment of 20 hours in a setting that provides services to Infants and Toddlers (birth to three). This may be completed within your work setting if applicable, however the age criteria must be met. Please review placements with the instructor.

FIELD PLACEMENT TIME SHEET
Students are required to complete a field placement assignment of 20 hours in a setting that provides services to Infants and Toddlers ( birth to three). This may be completed within your work setting if applicable, however the age criteria must be met.

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