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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Child Development

Early Childhood Education CHD-243

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 01
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/24/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Lesley J Schoch

Office Hours

  • Monday, Thursday, 5:00 AM to 6:00 AM, Children's Center RM 110
  • Friday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Children's Center RM 110
  • Sunday, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM, ONLINE OFFICE HOURS

Meeting Times

CHD 243 is an ONLINE ONLY course


This course introduces students to the field of early childhood education. Developmentally appropriate practices for programs serving both typically and atypically developing children birth to age eight are examined. Topics include curriculum, play theory, literacy, behavior guidance, early care, education programs in the U.S. and internationally, primary grade education, and working with families. Lecture: 3 hours per week


CHD 243 Course Outcomes: At the end of this course students should be able to:

Articulate the role of play in the learning of the young child and identify types and stages of play.
General education abilities addressed: Information literacy, problem solving/critical thinking, and communication

Identify the role of the environment, children's interests, and developing skills of the young child in early childhood curriculum.
General education abilities addressed: Problem solving/critical thinking, valuing/ethical reasoning

Describe types of assessment methods used in early childhood and how they relate to curriculum development.
General education abilities addressed: Information literacy, problem solving /critical thinking

Identify key areas and elements of curriculum addressed in early childhood programs.
General education abilities addressed: Information literacy

Articulate the status and challenges of child care in the United States and compare these to other countries.
General education abilities addressed: Information literacy, valuing/ethical reasoning, historical, cultural, and global awareness

Describe how K-3 education relates to early childhood and identify trends and issues in primary education.
General education abilities addressed: Information literacy, problem solving/critical thinking.


Course Schedule

Week 1:  Setting Foundations

  • Introductions
  • Defining ECE and defining quality
  • Terminology unique to early childhood

 Week 2:  Professional Opportunities and Responsibilities

  • Today’s needs for child care and learning programs
  • Professional opportunities and roles

 Week 3:  People to Know and Ideas to Ponder

  • ECE and a Historical perspective
  • Theorist and their theories

 Week 4:  Image of the Child: Growth and Development

  • Infancy through middle childhood, revisited
  • What is your image of children?

 Week 5:  Setting Environments for Play

  • Play as theory
  • Play for fun and learning!

 Week 6: Setting Environments Inside and Out

  • What are good environments for children
  • Indoors/Outdoors… where children learn

 Week 7: Diversity in the Classroom

  • How to meet diverse needs of children
    • ADAand IDEA
    • Equity and Equality

Week 8: Research Paper/Midterm 

Week 9: Families and Community

  • Image of Family
  • Image of Community

Week 10: Observation and Assessment

  • The power of observation and documentation
  • The value of meaningful assessment

Week 11:  Guiding Social/Emotional Development

  • What are children doing?
  • How do we respond?

Week 12: Approaches to Curriculum

  • Curriculum models
  • People of influence to curriculum

Week 13: Curriculum: Best Practice

  • Emergent curriculum
  • Project approach
  • Reggio

Week 14: Leadership and Advocacy

  • Leadership roles in ECE
  • Trends and Issues

Week 15:  Idaho and Early Childhood Education

  • Children inIdaho
  • Education inIdaho
  • IdahoSTARS

Week 16:  Finals Week

  • Final Paper
  • Evaluations

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 7, 2011. 

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.