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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 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)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 51
Chdev 54A is not pre-requisite to 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)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 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 55B
Practicum-Field Experience
Units: 5
Class:  2.5 hours lecture, 7.5 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 55A
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Planning, providing and evaluating program areas: Overall supervision in day-to-day running of pre- school with a practicum under supervision in Merritt Laboratory School or with mentor teacher.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 56A
Infant/Toddler Development and Care
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: 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 57A
Child Growth and Development: Age Six through Adolescence
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of child growth and development from age six through adolescence: Focus on social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development within the family and cultural context; includes observational study of school-age children and adolescents.  1305.50
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D

 

Course Number: CHDEV 57B
Curriculum and Programs for School-Age Children
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Fundamentals of planning and implementing curriculum for “before” and “after” school care of children in grades kindergarten through six: Emphasis on developmental levels and age- appropriate activities.  1305.50

 

Course Number: CHDEV 58
Preschool Administration
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: 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 65
Preschool Science Curriculum: Principles and Practices
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 50 or 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of science experiences suitable for young children: Appropriate materials and equipment, indoor and outdoor science settings, creating and presenting thematic science units based on the child’s sense of wonder and discovery and their relationship to themselves and the world around them.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 66
Music for Young Children
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory (GR or P/ NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Preparation and presentation of musical experiences for young children: Exploration and evaluation of musical games, dances, records, and instruments appropriate for young children.  1305.00

 

Course Number: CHDEV 67
Parenting/Grandparenting
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Comprehensive study of parenting/grandparenting styles of yesterday and today: Special attention to parenting children who are at risk because of family and system breakdown. 1305.60

 

Course Number: CHDEV 68
Play-Based Curriculum
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Pre-requisite: 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 70
Preschool Art Curriculum: Principles and Practices
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture, 1 hour laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of the elements of an early childhood art curriculum: Materials, lessons, pragmatic suggestions, environment; experiential hands-on activities and demonstrations; theoretical basis of relationship of art curriculum to the cognitive, emotional, and creative development of young children.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 71
The Business of Early Childhood Education
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Recommended preparation: Chdev 58
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Comprehensive study of current business, administrative, and management skills needed by professionals in the child development field: Business structures, fiscal operations, personnel and program management, and career options with practical applications; includes a self-assessment and personal business plan which allows students to set and meet realistic goals.  1305.80

 

Course Number: CHDEV 72
Overview of Operations of Family Child Care Home
Units: 2
Class:  2 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Course does not fulfill Associate degree requirements at Merritt College.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Practical skills for setting up and operating a family child care home business: Major factors in operating a family day care home, creation of an optimum child care environment, infant and preschool development, relationships with families, community partners, parent communication, health and safety issues, legal requirements, and business considerations.  1305.80

 

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)
Pre-requisite: 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 79
Anti-Bias Curriculum
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of methods used to empower young children to think critically about issues of racism, sexism, handicap, and injustice: Focus on creating a culturally-relevant teaching environment that fosters cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills needed to learn about similarities and differences in people.  1305.00

 

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)
Pre-requisite: 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)
Pre-requisite: Chdev 91A
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Integration of theory and practice in developing curric-ulum, 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 99
Early Childhood Environmental Education
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Also offered as Envmt 9. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in Envmt 9.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to early childhood environmental education: Development of safe, age/developmentally- appropriate activities that connect young children with the wonder of their natural surroundings; multidisciplinary focus on environmental education and its relationship to other aspects of early childhood education such as science, literacy, art, and music curriculum; curriculum development and strategies for preparation of successful lesson plans for classrooms, schoolyards and parks.  1305.00

 

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 221
Family Child Care for the Experienced Provider 
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Issues for the experienced family child care provider: Improving business skills, group care, emotional development of children, special needs, and improving communication skills.  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 223A
Key Issues in Child Development: Preschool Children 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 preschoolers, ages 2-5 years: Child rearing practices in native country; comparative school, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S.; child rearing issues specific to preschoolers in immigrant families.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 223B
Key Issues in Child Development: Preschool Children 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 preschoolers, ages 2-5 years: Focus on growth and development, quality indicators of care, understanding the role of culture in the lives of young children and their families, parent-provider relationships, and professional/ personal growth for caregivers.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 224A
Key Issues in Child Development: School-Age Children 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 school-age children: Child rearing practices in native country; comparative school, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S.; child rearing issues specific to school-age children in immigrant families.  1305.50

 

Course Number: CHDEV 224B
Key Issues in Child Development: School-Age Children 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 school-age children: Focus on growth and development of school-age children, appropriate care for stages of development, and parent-provider relationships.  1305.50

 

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 226A
Introduction to Preschool 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 developing curriculum for preschool children: Curriculum in native country; comparison of school, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S. regarding learning experiences, activities, materials, and equipment specific to preschool-age children in immigrant families.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 226B
Introduction to Preschool 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 the preschool child based on child development principles: Appropriate play, aesthetic and learning experiences including developing a lesson plan, use of materials and equipment, and creative activities to nurture the whole child; includes hands-on demonstration of curriculum ideas and learning activities.  1305.40

 

Course Number: CHDEV 230A
Introduction to School-Age 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 developing curriculum for school-age children: Curriculum in native country; comparison of school, parental and societal expectations in native country and U.S. regarding learning experiences, activities, materials, and equipment specific to school-age children in immigrant families. 1305.50

 

Course Number: CHDEV 230B
Introduction to School-Age 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 the school- age child based on child development principles: Appropriate play, aesthetic and learning experiences including developing a lesson plan, use of materials and equipment, and creative activities to nurture the whole child; hands-on demonstration of curriculum ideas and learning activities.  1305.50

 

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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