ECED 215 - Curriculum IV: Working with Children with Diverse Abilities

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 working with families and network professionals will be discussed.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15


HDEC 100, HDEC 101, HDEC 102, HDEC 103, HDEC 104, ECED 109A, ECED 101, ECTA 121, ECEC 100, and ECEC 201 (ECED 203A may be taken concurrently)



Non-Course Prerequisites:
Admission into the Early Childhood Education and Care Program, Ministry of Justice Schedule B CRC (works with children)





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 affecting inclusion in Early Education
- Building partnerships and networks with families and support agencies
- Recognizing and monitoring progress
- Developing individualized intervention programs and family service plans
- Implementing intervention and instructional strategies
- Working with behavioural challenges
- Nurturing communication skills



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to apply the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes as they pertain to working with children with diverse abilities:
- Summarize 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 and data collection methods
- Examine the conditions necessary for effective inclusion
- Examine strategies for the inclusion of all children
- Identify means and processes of assessment
- Begin developing 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 behaviors
- Reflect and maintain a professional and collegial attitude for class participation and assignment work



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C (60%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Course Comments:
This course has been approved by and adheres to the B.C. Child Care Occupational Competencies - Government of B.C.


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.