Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

ECE 130 - Early Childhood Development

Course Description

This course examines the cognitive, physical, social and emotional development of the young child from conception through the early childhood period. Students will integrate and apply the major concepts and theories of child development to the early childhood classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to observe the principles of child development by conducting field observations for each age group studied. ( 10 hours of outside field observations either in the home or school will be required. Students will need to have federal and state background clearances for observing children in a school setting)

This course is a prerequisite for the ECE courses that follow. To meet this prerequisite, the student must earn a C or better. A final grade of D or lower will require retaking this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Identify the multiple interacting influences on children’s development.
Identify universal and diverse child development principles.
Know and understand the characteristics and needs of young children.
Know and understand normative development for language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development.
Apply knowledge of child development to the early childhood classroom.
Describe the developmental patterns of change, physical, cognitive and socioemotional in infancy and early childhood.
Observe children and record behavior in a variety of settings in order to understand variation and exceptionality in individuals.
Use observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
Analyze the benefits and influence of technology use with very young children.
Apply their knowledge of child development by observing, recording and interpreting children's behavior for the purpose of program planning using appropriate technology tools for data collection.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Information Technology (TC) when taken with ECE 111, ECE 112, ECE 121, ECE 140 and ECE 201

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or ENG 099 or REA 075 or test scores