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2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ECE 129 - Infant and Toddler Education

3 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 0 lab periods

Examination of effective teaching and guidance practices during infant and toddler years. Includes theory, relationships, assessment, curriculum, guidance, and professionalism in the context of providing education and care for the infant and toddler.

Information: Students must have college-level reading and writing skills to be successful in all ECE classes.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain factors of infant development, toddler development, and relevant development theory. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c)
  2. Describe strong family and community relationships in infant/toddler programs. (NAEYC 2a, 2b, 2c)
  3. Define processes and tools to observe, document and access infants and toddlers. (NAEYC 3a, 3b, 3c)
  4. Discuss developmentally effective practices with infants and toddlers. (NAEYC 4a, 4b, 4c)
  5. Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum for infants and toddlers. (NAEYC 5a, 5b, 5c)
  6. Identify standards reflective of the infant/toddler early childhood professional. (NAEYC 6a, 6b, 6c)

  1. Infant Toddler Theory and Development
    1. Cognitive – Piaget
    2. Socio-Cultural –Vygotsky
    3. Psycho-Social - Erikson
    4. Bio-Ecological - Bronfenbrenner
    5. Attachment
    6. Key domains of development
      1. Physical - critical periods
      2. Cognitive - brain development
      3. Social/emotional - relationships
      4. Language and communication
      5. Risk factors in development
  2. Family and Community
    1. Diverse family and community characteristics
    2. Respectful and intentional family engagement practices
    3. Community resources - typical and atypical
      1. Local
      2. National
    4. Licensing and regulations
  3. Assessment and Documentation
    1. Goals of infant-toddler assessment
    2. Tools of assessment
      1. Developmental assessment tools
        1. Authentic
        2. Formal
      2. Program assessment tools
        1. ITERS
        2. PQA
        3. TeachStone
        4. PITC PARS
    3. Ethics
  4. Developmentally Effective Practices
    1. Positive relationships and supporting interactions
    2. Guidance strategies
    3. Teaching approaches
    4. Reflective practices
  5. Curriculum
    1. Individualization
    2. Routines
    3. Tools of inquiry when defining outcomes
    4. Arizona Infant Toddler Developmental Guidelines
  6. Professionalism 
    1. Collaborative learning
    2. Professional organizations
    3. Use of technology as a tool to inform
    4. Advocacy and the profession