ECED 215 - Curriculum 4 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 parental involvement is also stressed.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15


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 Prerequisites:


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


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
- Recognizing 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%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 50


Percentage of Group Work: 50


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