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ECE 243 - Early Childhood Guidance

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Open
Focuses on developmentally appropriate, evidence-based approaches and positive guidance strategies for supporting the development of each child. Emphasizes supportive interactions and developmentally appropriate environments. Uses assessment to analyze and guide behaviors. Studies impact of family, each child’s culture, language and ability on child guidance.
Corequisite: ECE 343  or instructor permission
Competencies
  1. Identify multiple influences including family, culture, language and ability that impact each child’s social/emotional development and behavior.
    1. Describe the characteristics of various parenting/caregiving styles
    2. Describe the expected outcomes for children of each care-giving style
    3. Explain the guidance techniques adults use to influence children
    4. Analyze the role of culture in impacting parenting/caregiving style
  2. Explain the impact of positive relationships, collaboration, problem-solving and supportive interactions among teachers, children and families.
    1. Describe the principles of building relationships with children, families and colleagues.
    2. Identify strategies for building positive relationships with children, families and colleagues.
    3. Describe the relationship between a child’s social emotional behavior and challenging behavior.
    4. Explain the characteristics of effective communication with young children.
  3. Demonstrate effective approaches to creating a supportive early childhood environment
    1. Describe the relationship between environmental variables, children’s behaviors, and social emotional development.
    2. Identify strategies that can be used to design environment, schedules and routines.
    3. Explain how to adapt the early childhood setting for a child with behavioral challenges.
  4. Examine positive evidence-based guidance theories, strategies, assessments, and tools to help each child learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors.
    1. Describe the principles of current guidance theories.
    2. Explain developmentally appropriate guidance strategies that foster social-emotional development.
    3. Identify appropriate behavioral expectations for children ages 3 ’ 8.
    4. Practice using assessment tools to track and describe each child’s skills and development.
  5. Examine the importance of intentionality when teaching social skills.
    1. Identify strategies for supporting the development of friendship skills, anger management, problem solving and empathy.
    2. Define emotional literacy and identify activities that build feeling vocabularies.
  6. Examine guidance challenges and strategies to support children.
    1. Identify methods that may be used to determine the function of challenging behavior.
    2. Describe strategies that may be used to prevent and replace challenging behavior.
    3. Explain ways to support the development of resiliency in children.
  7. Identify methods to construct appropriate guidance decisions in collaboration with professionals and families.
    1. Analyze personal beliefs regarding the guidance of young children.
    2. Explain ways to communicate with families about positive guidance and discipline strategies.
  8. Apply professional skills.
    1. Function collaboratively with peers and instructor.
    2. Ask questions when needed to clarify information or procedures.
    3. Practice prompt and consistent attendance.
    4. Maintain a professional attitude and behavior as reflected in the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
    5. Respect the needs, personality, culture, language and ability of peers in the classroom.



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