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Course Number: CHDEV 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Child Development
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See section on Selected Topics.  1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 49
Independent Study in Child Development
Units: .5-5
Class:  (GR or P/NP)
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 5 units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See section on Independent Study.  1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 50
Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to the current issues and methodology of early childhood education from a historical and theoretical framework for Early Childhood group care: Key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions and teaching strategies in supporting the development of the whole child, career options, licensing requirements and personal qualifications as related to quality programs with developmentally appropriate practices. 1305.00
AA/AS area 2

Course Number: CHDEV 51
Child Growth and Development
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Formerly offered as Facs 51.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Prenatal through adolescence typical and atypical human growth and development: Interrelationship of physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and the adult role in fostering optimal development with emphasis on interactions between nature and nurture, developmental theory and investigative research, child observations and assessment, developmental milestones and individual differences. 1305.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D, E; IGETC area 4

Course Number: CHDEV 52
Observation and Assessment
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Overview of current assessment developed to promote a better understanding of children, families, and ECE programs: Observation and documentation tools and support for students’ emergent understanding of their own ability to use classroom observations/ assessments in order to improve their practices.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 53
The Child, the Family and the Community
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Examination of the typical and atypical developing child in a societal context: Interrelationships of family, school, and community focusing on historical and socio-cultural factors; socialization and identity development and the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. 1305.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D

Course Number: CHDEV 54A
Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Healthy social and emotional development of young children as the foundation for children’s early learning: Building a learning environment and partnerships with parents to promote the healthy social and emotional development of young children.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 54B
Introduction to Curriculum
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Chdev 54A is not a prerequisite for Chdev 54B
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Overview of the knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for children 0-6: Theories of child development and how they inform classroom practices; examination of the teacher’s role in facilitating learning in young children with an emphasis on the essential role of active engagement and hands-on learning; overview of content areas, including language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, math and science, art and creativity.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 55A
Practicum-Field Experience
Units: 5
Class:  2.5 hours lecture, 7.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 50, 51, 53, 54A and 54B
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Integration of theory and practice in teaching and guid-ance of young children: Development of professional behaviors and understanding of children and families with a practicum under supervision in Merritt Laboratory School or with mentor teacher; application of techniques in meeting individual and group needs of young children. 1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 55C
Practicum-Field Experience
Units: 3
Class:  1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 55A
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Planning, providing and evaluating program areas: Overall supervision and classroom management of pre-school classroom. The practicum is conducted under supervision in Merritt Lab School or mentor teacher.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 56A
Infant/Toddler Development and Care
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles and philosophy of infant care for children up to two years of age: Growth and development, health and nutritional needs, social-emotional needs, cognitive development, language development, development of a positive self image, parent education, community resources, and cultural and ethnic differences.  1305.90
AA/AS area 2

Course Number: CHDEV 56B
Curriculum and Environments for Infants and Toddlers
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to organizing and developing activities for children aged 0-3 years: Focus on practical learning experiences in areas such as arts and crafts, imaginative play, music and movement, learning games; also covers culturally-appropriate activities, room arrangement, and classroom management. 1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 58
Preschool Administration
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 54A and 54B
Required for Children’s Center Supervisor Permit.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles and practices of administration of preschools and/or day care centers: Licensing requirements and regulations, staffing, parents and staff conferences, financial consideration and fiscal reports, operating procedures, and legal aspect of a small business operation.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 59
Preschool Supervision and Staff Relations
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 54A and 54B
Required for Children’s Center Supervisor Permit.
Course does not fulfill Associate degree requirements at Merritt College.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles, methods and strategies for working with adults in the early childhood education setting: Management of interpersonal and group dynamics of employees, parents, boards and community/ advocacy activities.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 60
Emergent Literacy and Children’s Literature
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 50 or 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles, methods and materials for emergent reading and writing: Children’s literature, language and literacy development in the early childhood classroom within a developmentally appropriate curriculum. 1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 61
Advanced Curriculum Development
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 50 and 54B
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Overview of Emergent Curriculum: Application of social constructivist theories; roles of the teacher,image of the child, and environment as educator; utilization of classroom observation / assessment in curricular planning cycle .  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 62
Overview of Operations of Family Child Care
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)

Prerequisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Practical skills for setting up operating a family child care home business: Major factors in operating a family day care home, creation of optimum child care environment, infant and preschool development, relationships with families, community partners, parent communication, health and safety issues, legal requirements, and business considerations. 1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 68
Play-Based Curriculum
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 50 or 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles and practices of play-based curriculum: Role of the teacher in facilitating children’s learning through play-based activities; observation and assessment in planning curriculum.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 74
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition: Key components that ensure physical health, mental health, and safety for both children and staff and the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals with focus on integrating the concepts into everyday planning and program development for all children.  1305.40

Course Number: CHDEV 75
Supervising Adults in Early Childhood Programs
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 54A and 54B
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Supervision of adults in early childhood education programs: Study of the methods and principles of supervising teachers, aides, student teachers, parents and volunteers in early childhood settings and preschool programs; focus on leadership styles, principles and practices of supervision, and developmental supervision.  1305.80

Course Number: CHDEV 80
Teaching in a Diverse Society
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Examination of the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching: Various classroom strategies emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-biased approaches to support all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society; self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes, bias, social and educational access, media and schooling.  1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 91A
The Infant/Toddler Lab Practicum
Units: 5
Class:  2.5 hours lecture, 7.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 56A and 56B
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Integration of theory and practice in teaching and guidance of infants and toddlers: Practicum under supervision and application of techniques in meeting individual and group needs of infants, toddlers and their families.  1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 91B
The Infant/Toddler Lab Practicum
Units: 5
Class:  2.5 hours lecture, 7.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: Chdev 91A
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Integration of theory and practice in developing curriculum, evaluation of environments and assessment of infant and toddlers: Practicum under supervision and application of running an infant/ toddler classroom and building a partnership with parents.  1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 220
Family Child Care for the Beginning Provider
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Setting up and operating a family child care business: Creation of an optimum child care environment, business practices, relationships with parents, impact of child care on the provider’s family, self reflection of suitability to the field.  1305.80

Course Number: CHDEV 222A
Key Issues in Child Development: Infant/Toddler I
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Recommended preparation: ESL 290 or 294
(can be taken concurrently)
Taught in a language other than English: This is a bridge course that moves students toward basic mastery of the language of the program.
Description: Key issues in caring for infants and toddlers: Child rearing practices in native country; comparative school, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S.; child rearing issues specific to infants and toddlers in immigrant families. 1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 222B
Key Issues in Child Development: Infant/Toddler II
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Recommended preparation: ESL 226A
(can be taken concurrently)
Description: Key issues in caring for infants and toddlers: Focus on growth and development of infants and toddlers, appropriate care for stages of development, health and safety issues, and parent-provider relationships.  1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 225A
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Curriculum I
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Recommended preparation: ESL 290 or 294
(can be taken concurrently)
Taught in a language other than English: This is a bridge course that moves students toward basic mastery of the language of the program.
Description: Key issues in appropriate curriculum for infants and toddlers: Curriculum in native country; comparison of child care, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S. regarding learning experiences, activities, materials, and equipment specific to infants and toddlers in immigrant families.  1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 225B
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Curriculum II
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Recommended preparation: ESL 226A
(can be taken concurrently)
Description: Introduction to curriculum appropriate to infants and toddlers based on child development principles: Appropriate play, and language and learning experiences including use of materials and equipment; hands-on demonstration of curriculum ideas and learning activities. 1305.90

Course Number: CHDEV 246
Emergent Topics: Best Practices for Working with Children
Units: .5-2
Class: .5-2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
A maximum of two units combined from any Emergent Topics course can be applied toward the Child Development Assistant Teacher or Teacher certificates or the Child Development degree major. Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of two units.
Description: Best practices for children from birth to school age: Topics may include social-emotional development, diversity, special needs, literacy, professional development, partnering with families, public policy and current research.  1305.00

Course Number: CHDEV 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Child Development
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Description: See section on Selected Topics. 1305.00

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