Elementary Education

College of the Desert offers three paths for students wishing to work in elementary school. Elementary school teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a fifth year of teacher education. Our Elementary Teacher Education transfer degree will prepare students to transfer to CSU to work towards that goal. We also offer two certificates that prepare students to work as teacher assistants/Paraeducators. Students completing these certificates will be prepared to take the Paraeducator exam and continue on towards an AA degree and/or transfer to a four year college.

Advisors:

Maria Avalos
maavalos@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7817

Donna Greene
dgreene@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7398

Wendy Sanders
wsanders@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7429

Education (EDUC)

EDUC 001  Introduction to Elementary Classroom Teaching Units: 3

This course introduces students to the concepts and issues related to teaching diverse learners in today's contemporary schools. Topics include: teaching as a profession and career; historical and philosophical foundations of the American education system; contemporary educational issues; California's content standards and frameworks; and teacher performance standards. In addition to class time, the course requires a minimum of 45 hours of structured homework in public elementary classrooms that represent California's diverse student population, and includes cooperation with at least one carefully selected and campus approved certificated classroom teacher. (C-ID EDUC 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC*                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:E                 IGETC:None

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

ECE 001  Principles & Practices of Teaching Units: 3

This course is an examination of the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs and environments, emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics and professional identity. (C-ID ECE 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 010  Child Growth & Development Units: 3

This course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. (C-ID CDEV 100)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C5                 CSU GE:D7, E                 IGETC:None

ECE 012  Child, Family & Community Units: 3

An examination of the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community. Emphasizes historical and socio-cultural factors. The processes of socialization and identity development will be highlighted, showing the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. (C-ID CDEV 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE 010
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C5                 CSU GE:D7, E                 IGETC:None

ECE 016A  Parenting Infants & Toddlers Units: 1

This course explores parent-child interaction patterns for parents of infants and toddlers. Students examine age-appropriate behaviors, problem behaviors, observation and communication strategies. Special attention is given to family structures, cultural backgrounds, and parenting children with disabilities.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 016B  Parenting the Preschool Child Units: 1

This course explores parent-child interaction patterns for parents of preschool aged children. Students examine age-appropriate behaviors, problem behaviors, observation and communication strategies. Special attention is given to family structures, cultural backgrounds, and parenting children with disabilities.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 016C  Parenting the Young Child Units: 1

This course explores parent-child interaction patterns for those parenting children ages 5-8. Students examine age-appropriate behaviors, problem behaviors, observation and communication strategies. Special attention is given to family structures, cultural backgrounds, and parenting children with disabilities.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 017  Child Guidance Units: 3

This course presents a developmentally appropriate approach to the guidance of children, including children with special needs. Effective guidance techniques, effective communication and working with children in groups will be covered. The role of and collaboration with familiy as a means to effective guidance will be covered. This course is intended for teachers and professionals who work with children in a variety of settings.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ECE 010 & ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C2, C5                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 019  Children's Language & Literature Units: 3

This course is an overview of children's emerging literacy and language skills. At the end of this course students will demonstrate their knowledge of language acquisition in young children, how literacy skills emerge in young children, and what a teacher's role is in assisting the learning process.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 020  Infant/Toddler Growth & Development Units: 3

This course studies the process of human development from conception through age three as determined by heredity, society, and human interaction with implications for child guidance. Prenatal development and the birth process are emphasized. Theoretical frameworks are applied to intepret behavior and ineractions between heredity and environment. Multiple influences on development are analyzed including cultural, linguistic, and ability differences are emphasized.The role of family and relationships in development are emphasized.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 021  Infant/Toddler Curriculum Units: 3

This course prepares students to apply current theory and research to the care and education of children from birth to 36 months including design of a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Licensing requirements and teacher competency necessary for working with children from birth to 36 months are explored. Essential policies and practices that contribute to high quality care for children from birth to 36 months are examined.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010 or ECE 020
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 023  The Mentor Teacher/Adult Supervision Units: 2

Methods and principles of supervising adults who are student teachers, assistants or volunteers in early childhood classrooms. Emphasis is on the role of experienced classroom teachers who function as mentors to new teachers while simultaneously addressing the needs of children, parents and other staff.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 046B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 024  Admin. of Programs for Young Children Units: 3

This course is an introduction to the administration of programs for young children including private and publicly funded preschool programs. The business and management skills of administration including budget, management kills, regulations, laws, development and implementation of policies and procedures are covered. Examines administrative tools, philosophies, and techniques for opening and operating an early care and education program. It is required by the State Department of Social Services for directors of private preschools and child care programs.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010 and completion of 9 units in ECE
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 025  Adv. Administration/Programs Young Children Units: 3

This course provides an advanced level of administrative and managerial knowledge needed to operate a child care center as a successful business. Emphasis is on leadership, legal and ethical responsibilities, effective supervision techniques, professional development, and reflective practices with a focus on creating an inclusive and diverse program.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE-024 and completion of 12 units in ECE
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 027  English Language Learners in ECE Units: 3

This course focuses on principles for promoting language, literacy, and learning for preschool English language learners. Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to foster an environment that respects and values linguistic and cultural diversity while assisting children toward the eventual mastery of English as a second language.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 030  Creativity in Young Children Units: 3

This course examines materials and techniques for teaching creative activities to young children. Developing creativity and cognitive flexibility are emphasized. Various sensory modalities are explored. Alignment of curriculum with California State Standards while providing a play-based creative environment is highlighted.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 031  Child Maltreatment, Intervention, & Prevention Units: 3

This course examines physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation of minors (children and youth), as well as issues which contribute to child maltreatment. The developmental consequences of stress and trauma on children are explored. Emphasis is placed on appropriate ways to support family strengths, foster positive mental health and prevent, detect and intervene in cases of suspected child maltreatment. California Mandated Reporter Training will be completed as a part of this course.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 033  Inclusion of Children w/ Special Needs in ECE Settings Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to special education in early childhood settings. Introduces the variations in development of children with special needs ages birth through eight and the resulting impact on families. Includes an overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process. The role of child development professionals and paraprofessionals in serving children with disabilites is emphasized. Strategies to include children with special needs in full inclusion settings are emphasized.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 034  Social Cognition & the Developing Brain Units: 3

This course is designed to help students understand brain development occurs through the interaction of a child's relationships and experiences. Early childhood teachers (birth to age eight) create calm and effective learning environments when they facilitate children's capacity to know others (social cognition) and to get along with others (prosocial behavior).
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 035  Curriculum & Strategies - Children with Special Needs Units: 3

This course prepares students to become professionals in programs serving children with special needs and their families. Covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs in partnership with their families and communities. Focuses on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. Including the role of the teacher and other professionals working with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams and cultural competence. Strategies to support children with challenging behaviors are emphasized.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 033
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 036  Music for Young Children Units: 3

This course emphasizes the creation of developmentally appropriate curriculum ideas for using music and movement to develop listening skills, basic music concepts, and identification of instruments in a whole child approach. Emphasis is placed on using music and movement to enhance curriculum in all domains of development. The use of music and movement concepts to explore child guidance and emergent curriculum will be covered.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 037  Inclusion Practices in Early Childhood Units: 3

Designed to develop both planning and intervention skills for working with young children with special needs and their families. Students will plan educational programs which include use of specific intervention techniques and practices from recognized early intervention programs for children showing atypical development. Attention will be given to adopting strategies to include exceptional children in programs for typically developing young children. Field experiences required.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 035 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 038  Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in ECE Units: 3

This course explores the development of curriculum ideas for teaching about scientific, mathematical, engineering, and technology (STEM) concepts to young children.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 039  ECE Global Diplomacy Practicum Units: 3

This course is designed to develop the practical skills needed to work in a global education environment by placing students in an integrated, service learning study abroad experience. Critical thinking skills and application will be developed by examining communication, culture, history, values and lifestyles in the context of childhood.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 047A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 040  Introduction to Curriculum Units: 3

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children. Students examine teacher's role in supporting development and fostering the joy of learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include, but not be limited to: Language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, math and science. (C-ID ECE 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010 or concurrent enrollment
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 044  Health, Safety & Nutrition Units: 3

Introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, best practices and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition. Includes prevention strategies, nutrition, and meal planning for various ages and planning education experiences integrated into daily routines designed to teach children positive health, safety, and nurtition habits. The key components that ensure physical health, mental health and safety for both children and staff will be identified along with the importance of collaboration with families and health professionals. (C-ID ECE 220)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 061
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 045  Teaching in a Diverse Society Units: 3

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 are explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. Course includes self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, media and schooling. (C-ID ECE 230)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 045A  Licensed Family Child Care Units: 2

This course prepares students to integrate basic principles of child development in establishing a quality child care program within a family home environment. The following are emphasized: Community Care Licensing Title 22 Regulations, Family Child Care Rating Scale (FCCRS), health, safety, nutrition and child guidance policies and practices that support all children and the principles of developmentally appropriate curriculum in working with children of various ages.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 046B  Observation and Assessment Units: 3

This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning in order to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success and maintaining quality programs. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment methods are explored. (C-ID ECE 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 010
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 047A  Practicum in Early Childhood Education Units: 3

A demonstration of developmentally appropriate early childhood teaching competencies under guided supervision. Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment; and knowledge of curriculum content areas will be emphasized as student teachers design, implement and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. (C-ID ECE 210)
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 162          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ECE 001 & ECE 010 & ECE 012 & ECE 040 & ECE 046B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

ECE 095A  Early Childhood Education Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Early Childhood Education.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None