Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ECE 204: Principles of Child Guidance

General Information

  • Name: Principles of Child Guidance
  • Discipline: Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • 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

Studies effective communication with children in guiding behavior. Emphasis will be placed on techniques which help children build positive self-concepts and individual strengths within the context of appropriate limits and discipline. Includes use of direct and indirect guidance techniques as well as introduction to guidance systems.

II: Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • List and explain the theoretical approaches to child guidance.
  • List, give examples of, and describe some of the major techniques for each theoretical approach to child guidance.
  • Identify characteristics of a supportive physical classroom environment and a non-supportive physical classroom environment.
  • Discuss the role of developmentally appropriate activities and materials in supportive environments.
  • Explain the meaning of "developmentally appropriate child guidance".
  • Describe the young child's cognitive abilities, memory capacity and skills, and how they affect social development and self-control.
  • Define self-esteem and discuss specific adult practices that affect a child's self-esteem.
  • Describe forms of aggression and discuss specific adult practices that prevent or control aggression.
  • Define pro-social behavior and describe specific techniques used by adults to encourage pro-social behavior.
  • Summarize the benefits of an eclectic approach to child guidance and apply knowledge of guidance strategies to several discipline dilemmas.

III: Course Linkage

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

This course is required for the A.A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and the Certificate of Achievement. Students will also learn to organize and implement developmentally appropriate environments and curriculum that are essential for positive guidance in the classroom.

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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