Courses
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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
C-ID: ECE 120

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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
C-ID: CDEV100

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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
C-ID: ECE 200

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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
C-ID: CDEV 110

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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

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Course Number: CHDEV 54B
Introduction to Curriculum
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: CHDEV 51
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
C-ID: ECE 130

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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
C-ID: ECE 210

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Course Number: CHDEV 55C
Advanced 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

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Course Number: CHDEV 56A
Infant/Toddler Development and Care
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
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

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Course Number: CHDEV 56B
Curriculum and Environments for Infants and Toddlers
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
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

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Course Number: CHDEV 58
Preschool Administration
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: CHDEV 54A and 54B
Required for Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and the Child Development Program Director Permit.  Course does not fulfill Early Childhood Education AS-T or Child Development AA degree requirements at Merritt College.
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

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Course Number: CHDEV 59
Preschool Supervision and Staff Relations
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: CHDEV 54A or 54B
Required for Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and the Child Development Program Director Permit.  Course does not fulfill Early Childhood Education AS-T or Child Development AA 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

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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

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Course Number: CHDEV 61
Advanced Curriculum Development
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: CHDEV 51 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

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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

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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

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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
CSU area E
C-ID: ECE 220

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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
Required for Child Development Site Supervisor Permit and the Child Development Program Director Permit.  Course does not fulfill Early Childhood Education AS-T or Child Development AA degree requirements at Merritt College.
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

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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
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D
C-ID: CDEV230

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CHDEV 84
Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs
Units: 3
Class: 3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Prerequisite: CHDEV 51
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Curriculum and intervention strategies: Partnership with families, observation and assessment to address individualized needs of children, inclusive and natural environments, role of the teacher, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, cultural competency. 1305.80

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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

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Course Number: CHDEV 201
California Preschool Learning Foundations: English Language Development
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the English language learners domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including listening, speaking, reading and writing; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks.  1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 202
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Literacy
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the language and literacy development domain in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including listening and speaking, reading, and writing; and practical considerations for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 203
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Math
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the mathematics domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including number sense, algebra and functions, measurement, geometry, and mathematical reasoning; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 204
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Performing Arts
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the performing arts domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including music, drama, and dance; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 205
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Science
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the science domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands of scientific inquiry, physical, life, and earth sciences; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 206
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Visual Arts
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the visual arts domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including artistic expression and response, and skills using various art mediums; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 207
California Preschool Learning Foundations: Social and Emotional Development
Units: 1
Class:  1 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Introduction to the social and emotional development domain of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Frameworks: Domain strands including self, social interaction, and relationships; and practical strategies for implementation of the curriculum frameworks. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 208
Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors
Units: 3
Class:  3 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Appropriate for classroom teachers in various settings, students will identify developmentally appropriate behaviors, challenging behaviors, and multiple influences that affect children’s behavior. Students will analyze children’s behaviors and select strategies to make positive changes. Emphasizes the connection between children’s social
and emotional development and their success in the classroom, and how the teachers’ perception, experiences, and behavior influence child behaviors. 1305.00

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Course Number: CHDEV 246
Emergent Topics: Best Practices for Working with Children
Units: 0.5 – 2
Class:  0.5 – 2 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
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

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NonCredit


Course Number: CHDEV 502
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Development
Units: 0
Class:  0.75 hour lecture (GR or P/NP)
Description: Growth and development of infants/toddlers aged 0-36 months: Physical, cognitive, psycho-social, and creative development; influence
of environment on development; feeding concerns; and the child’s
impact on the family. 1305.90

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Course Number: CHDEV 503
Introduction to Infant/Toddler Curriculum
Units: 0
Class:  0.75 hour lecture (P/NP)
Corequisite:  ESOL 503
Description: Curriculum appropriate for infants/toddlers based on child development principles: Play, language and learning experiences including use of materials and equipment; and hands-on demonstration of curriculum ideas and learning activities. 1305.40

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Course Number: CHDEV 504
Introduction to Early Childhood Development for Family Child Care Providers
Units: 0
Class:  0.75 hour lecture (P/NP)
Corequisite:  ESOL 504
Description: Best practices to support healthy growth and development of children: Stages of development, community and educational resources, and effective communication and guidance. 1305.40

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Course Number: CHDEV 505
Introduction to Early Childhood Education Curriculum for Family Child Care Providers
Units: 0
Class:  0.75 hour lecture (P/NP)
Corequisite:  ESOL 505
Description: Developmentally appropriate curriculum for children: Educational philosophies, age-appropriate activities, and effective learning environments. 1305.40

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