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ECED 215 - Curriculum 4 Working with Children with Diverse Abilities
Course Details
Course Code:
ECED 215

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
Early Childhood students will continue to increase their skills, abilities and knowledge in the care and guidance of children from infancy to the kindergarten years. Emphasis is on addressing diverse abilities in curriculum development and environments. Child development principles will provide the basis for program planning and implementation. The importance of parental involvement is also stressed.

Date First Offered:
2010-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 45


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
Yes

Interaction Hours:
3

Pre-Requisites:
ECED 203A Development 3 Infant and Toddlers
ECED 101 Principles and Practices
ECEC 100 Curriculum 1
ECED 109A Practicum 1
ECTA 121 Interpersonal Communications
ECEC 201 Building Professional Family Partnerships


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
ECED203A Development 3 Infant and Toddlers
ECED 207 Curriculum 3 Infants and Toddlers
ECED 210 Practicum 5 Diverse Abilities or ECED 208 Practicum 4 Infants and Toddlers
ECEC 203 Early Learning Framework


Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
- Review of current accepted principles, concepts and theories of child development as it pertains to diverse abilities
- Culturally/ Linguistically diverse children
- Gifted children
- At risk children
- Challenges and opportunities for providing for inclusion in Early Education
- Building partnerships and networks with families and support agencies
- Recognising and monitoring progress
- Developing individualized intervention programs and family service plans
- Implementing intervention and instructional strategies
- Working with behaviour challenges
- Nurturing communication skills



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course student will be able to apply the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes as they pertain to working with children with diverse abilities:
- Summarize the historical perspectives and approaches regarding children with diverse abilities
- Discuss and interpret current theories and research related to diverse abilities including pervasive disorders and giftedness
- Identify developmental diversity in all domains
- Explain the importance of early intervention
- Compare and contrast assessment tools, data collection methods
- Examine the conditions necessary for effective inclusion
- Examine strategies for the inclusion of all children
- Identify means and processes of identification and assessment
- Begin to develop intervention and instructional strategies that will promote the physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive development of all children
- Examine guidance methods and strategies for working with children who present more challenging behavior
- Reflect and maintain a professional and collegial attitude for class participation and assignment work


Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
C (60%)

Grading Weight:
Assignments: 80 %
Participation: 20 %


Number of Assignments:
5

Nature of Participation:
Teleconference and online students will be encouraged to participate in weekly discussions which will count for 10 % of the participation, the other 10% will come from the peer review evaluation of the group project

Writing Assignments:
5 - students will choose from 3 categories of assignments - mandatory / academic and experiential

Percentage of Individual Work:
50

Percentage of Group Work:
50

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Course is offered in two modalities-online and teleconferences

Text Books:

Required - Crowther, I., 2007, Inclusion in Early Childhood Setting. Children with Special Needs in Canada (Pearson Prentice Hall, Toronto). Chapters Covered: All
Optional - Shimoni, R., Baxter, J., and Kugelmass, J., 1992, Every Child is Special: Quality Group Care for Infants and Toddlers (Addison-Wesley, Don Mills). Chapters Covered: All
Optional - Denier, P.L., 2002, Resources for Educating Children with Diverse Abilities: Birth through eight (Canadian Edition) (Nelson Thomson). Chapters Covered: All
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