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Compton College / Academic Programs / Division 1 / Childhood Education


The degree and the certificates in childhood education prepare students for careers in private or public programs serving infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children with special needs, or children in before and after school care. The transfer degree option prepares students to continue studies at a four-year institution. Students will acquire the ability to apply developmental theories in observing and assessing children in physical, cognitive, and psychosocial domains and will develop skills needed for working effectively with families, co-workers, and community agencies. Students will also gain the ability to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive curriculum. Program assessment will be conducted regularly through examinations, presentations, student self-assessment, portfolios, and tracking student employment and promotion in the teaching field.

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Childhood Education Classes offered at Compton College

Child Development 103                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Growth and Development

This course is an introduction to child development from conception through adolescence with an emphasis on the interaction between the maturational processes and environmental factors relating to physical, cognitive, and psychosocial growth. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe and interview children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages. Also, the effect of cultural influences on development will be studied.

Child Development 104                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Home, The School, The Community

This course examines the interconnection among the development of the child from birth to adolescence in the home, the family, the school, and the community. Emphasis is placed on the importance of respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Influences of social agents such as family support services, educational systems, media, and peers, and on how these social agents contribute in preparing the child for living independently in a diverse society will also be explored. Additional topics include parenting styles, schooling, roles of teachers, peers, the media, children with special needs, cultural influences on behavior, child abuse, neglect, and social policy.

Child Development 107                                                                                                                                                                                       Infant/Toddler Development

In this course, students will study infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. Students will apply theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment. Students will focus on the role of family, the effect of the adult-child relationship on an infant’s development, practical applications of developmental theories in relation to infant/toddler group care, and the importance of demonstrating respectful and sensitive practices in relation to cultural differences in child care settings. Topics include developmentally appropriate environments, curriculum, and state-mandated licensing regulations.

Child Development 108                                                                                                                                                                                           Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children

This course examines the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs and environments. The key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive development in young children will be emphasized. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and current philosophies and methodologies of early childhood education. Topics include observation, analysis, and assessment of young children’s development, identification of effective teaching strategies, age appropriate environments, and professional ethics

Child Development 110                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition

This course is an introduction to the laws, regulations, standards, policies, procedures, and early childhood curriculum related to child health, safety, and nutrition. It is designed to meet the needs of parents, family child care providers and center-based teachers who are interested in increasing their knowledge of these practices for young children. Topics include creating a healthy environment, indoor and outdoor safety, chronic and acute illnesses, accident prevention, health screening, disaster planning, nutrition, contagious diseases, and identifying and working with children with special needs. Students will develop and present health and safety education curriculum appropriate for children, staff and parents.

 Child Development 112                                                                                                                                                                                            Teaching Young Children in a Diverse Society

In this course, students will examine the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications of oppression and privilege as they apply to young children, families, programs, classrooms and teaching. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. Topics include self-examination and reflection on issues related to social identity, stereotypes and bias, social and educational access, and media and schooling.

Child Development 114                                                                                                                                                                                                 Observing and Assessing Young Children

In this course, students will examine the appropriate use of assessment and observational strategies for young children and document development, growth, play, and learning in order to work with families and professionals in promoting children’s success and maintaining quality programs. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment methods will be explored. Students will analyze, through observation and research, common behavioral issues and the possible underlying influences on behavior. The role of the teacher in promoting an environment which fosters appropriate behavior will be examined. Students will be required to conduct observations in local school programs.

Child Development 115                                                                                                                                                                                                Introduction to Curriculum

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age six. Students will examine the teacher’s role in supporting development and fostering an enthusiasm for learning for all young children using observation and assessment strategies emphasizing the essential role of play. An overview of content areas will include language and literacy, social and emotional learning, sensory learning, art and creativity, music and movement, and math and science.

Child Development 116                                                                                                                                                                                              Creative Art for Young Children

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting and evaluating creative art experiences for young children ages two to six in diverse settings. Emphasis will be placed on facilitating creativity, self-expression, and concept and skill development through the use of art media such as paint, clay, collage, chalk and woodworking. Methods for adapting creative art experiences for children with special needs will be discussed. The course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop and refine skills in understanding, planning, and implementing curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

Child Development 117                                                                                                                                                                                                   Music and Movement for Young Children

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting, and evaluating music and movement experiences for young children ages two to six. Activities, such as group singing, rhythmic experiences, perceptual motor, and creative movement, which foster the child’s cognitive, psychosocial, and physical development will be presented. Methods for adapting music and movement experiences for children with special needs will be discussed. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop or refine skills in planning and implementing music and movement curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours. 

Child Development 118                                                                                                                                                                                                Science and Math for Young Children

This course focuses on the principles and methods of planning, presenting, and evaluating science and math experiences for young children ages two to six. Students will develop activities that foster children’s natural curiosity about scientific and mathematical concepts. These activities will be designed to encourage exploration, experimentation, problem solving, and discovery. Methods for adapting science and math experiences for young children with special needs will also be discussed. This course is designed for teachers in training and teachers in service needing to develop or refine skills in understanding, planning, and implementing developmentally appropriate science and math curriculum. Students will be required to participate in one structured activity related to children and/or professional development outside of class hours.

Child Development 125                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Development Practicum I

This course provides a practical application of learning theories in early childhood education programs. Students will design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children and will observe and interact with children and staff in supervised child care settings. The course includes methods of working effectively with children, observation and guidance techniques, the role of the preschool teacher and classroom assistant, effective communication with staff and parents, educational requirements and techniques for gaining employment in the field.

Child Development 126                                                                                                                                                                                                    Child Development Practicum II

In this course, students will apply and implement developmental teaching theories in an early childhood education setting under guided supervision. The course includes planning, demonstrating, and evaluating learning experiences for children. This course covers aspects of teaching such as strategies for working with children and adults, classroom management skills, program philosophies, and techniques for gaining employment.

Child Development 150                                                                                                                                                                                       Introduction of Children with Special Needs

This course offers an overview of the causes, characteristics, prevalence, and needs of children with mild to severe physical, cognitive, and behavioral conditions from birth to age 22 with an emphasis on children ages birth through eight. Students are introduced to the variations in development of children with special needs and the resulting impact on families. An overview of historical and societal influences, laws relating to children with special needs, and the identification and referral process is also examined. Topics include the identification of community agencies for referral and case management, inclusion of children with special needs into mainstream classrooms, and the special needs of gifted and talented children.

Child Development 152                                                                                                                                                                                                 Curriculum and Strategies for Children with Special Needs

In this course, students will study curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children with special needs. Focus will be placed on the use of observation and assessment in meeting the individualized needs of children in inclusive and natural environments. The role of the teacher, the special education assistant, and the in-home respite care provider will be emphasized. Topics include working in partnership with families, designing curriculum and accommodations, collaborating with interdisciplinary teams, and developing cultural competence and responsiveness.

Child Development 169                                                                                                                                                                                                  Special Education Practicum

This practicum provides students with supervised experience working with infants, toddlers, and young children with special needs in a variety of early intervention and education settings, such as self-contained or fully-included day care programs, regional centers, or early childhood classrooms. Students will assist in the planning and implementation of intervention strategies and will work collaboratively with families as well as early intervention and special education professionals. Students will develop   communication skills that are culturally sensitive towards the unique needs of children and families of children with special needs.

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