Career & Technical Education > Early Childhood Education

General Information


I. Catalog Course Description

Surveys the characteristics and specific needs of special children. Emphasizes teaching and behavioral management as well as available support services.


II: Course Objectives

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

  • Know the characteristics, by definition, of exceptional children and be able to explain the educational and emotional needs of each different group.
  • Understand terms like Down Syndrome, learning disabilities, emotional retardation, mental retardation, gifted.
  • Demonstrate how to include children with disabilities into the “typical” classroom.
  • Define individual screening, assessment, and individual Educational Plans for children with special needs.
  • To adapt the environment for special children.
  • Provide a plan for parents to participate in the total education of their child.
  • Describe how people think and feel about disabilities.
  • Know the existing federal, state, and local agencies and services available to parents and teachers of special children.
  • Distinguish between developmental sequences and developmental milestones of motor, cognitive, psychosocial and language development.
  • Discuss the correlation between poverty and developmental disabilities in young children.
  • Describe social and political forces that helped bring about federal legislation on behalf of exceptional children, including the gifted.
  • Trace society’s changing attitudes toward children with handicaps.
  • Discuss inclusion in terms of early development, critical learning periods, and teachable moments.

III: Course Linkage

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.

Scheduled ECE-200 classes:

Fall 2019

There are currently no ECE-200 classes scheduled for this term.