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

ECE 226 - Positive Child Guidance

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

Introduction to theory and application of early childhood classroom planning, guidance techniques and classroom management. Includes application of developmental theories, developmentally appropriate practices, behavior management, cultural implications, teaching practices, and reflection.

Prerequisite(s): ECE 117 
Information: Includes a 6-hour practicum. In order to be successful in all ECE classes, students must have college-level reading and writing skills.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Examine key developmental theories and guidance practices from practicum experiences, and reflect on and apply them in one’s current or perceived classroom practice. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c, 4c, 4d)
  2. Apply developmentally appropriate practices in the early childhood classroom, by creating environments that promote the value of relationships, engagement of families, social and emotional competence, and intentional support of uninterrupted play. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c, 2b, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d)
  3. Identify and discuss environmental, developmental, and cultural factors that impact children’s behavior and support a community of learners. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 4a, 4d)
  4. Describe the positive benefits of guidance and discipline, and the negative affects of punishment for children from birth through eight years of age. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 4a, 4b, 6b, 6c)
  5. Explain the impact of stress and trauma on children, and ways to effectively respond using appropriate teaching and learning approaches. (NAEYC 1a, 1b, 1c, 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d)

  1. Developmental Theories and Guidance Practices
    1. Key theories and their ideas
    2. Styles of caregiving and guidance
    3. Application in practice
  2. Developmentally Appropriate Strategies and Applications
    1. Developmental stages and appropriate strategies
    2. Responsive curriculum, routines and transitions
    3. Supportive physical environments
    4. Observation and assessing needs
    5. Inclusion
    6. Relationships
    7. Self-regulation
    8. Internal v. external motivation
  3. Influences on Children’s Behaviors
    1. Physical environments
    2. Stress
    3. Developmental abilities
    4. Family and culture
  4. Guidance, Discipline and Punishment
    1. Definitions
    2. Forms of punishment, including time-out
    3. Benefits of guidance and discipline
  5. Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
    1. Impact of stress and trauma on children
    2. Trauma sensitive classrooms
    3. Approaches compatible with TIC