Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ECE 122: Observation Skills

General Information

  • Name: Observation Skills
  • Discipline: Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Units (Credits): 1
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Career and Technical Education
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Provides parents and teachers various formal and informal methods to enhance their observation and assessment skills. Discussion includes methods for use with developmentally delayed children.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, student will be able to:

  • Record observed behavior objectively.
  • Observe children without disrupting the program or becoming involved in it.
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out various types of observations.
  • Demonstrate skill at interpreting information obtained from observations.
  • Recognize milestones of typical development.
  • Recognize warning signs of possible developmental delay.
  • Identify agencies who can assist with children with special needs.
  • Assist parent in communicating about their children with government and other community agencies.
  • Develop strategies to link home and child-care programs.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course is designed to allow students to meet the Early Childhood Education Program Learning Outcomes of ensuring that successful students will be able to:

  • Develop strategies for maintaining a safe and healthy child care environment.
  • Be aware of community child and family service agencies in the community.
  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of advocating for child and family related issues at the community and legislative level.
  • Understand the benefits of participation in early childhood professional organizations.

This course addresses the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Mission by ensuring that successful students:

  • Are able to demonstrate college level reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Can engage in meaningful self assessments and work effectively with others.
  • Utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Have knowledge of the subject matter to a level that is appropriate to the emphasis of their degree.
  • Develop and improve their creative abilities.
  • Appreciate the need for continuing education and lifelong learning.
  • Will succeed at transfer institutions.


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