Child Studies Courses

CHS 1 – Principles & Practices of Teaching Young Children

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID ECE 120

This course examines the underlying theoretical principles of developmentally appropriate practices applied to programs and environments. Emphasis is on the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies in supporting physical, social, creative and intellectual development for all young children. This course includes a review of the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the professional practices promoting advocacy, ethics, and professional identity. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 2 – Child Growth and Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID CDEV 100

This course provides an introduction to human growth and development from conception through adolescence including physical growth, language, and social-emotional and cognitive development of the child. Topics discussed include theories of development; developmental and cultural contexts; heredity; societal influences and interaction with the environment are discussed. Observation of children is required. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 5 – Diversity: Childhood and Culture

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ECE 230

This course examines the development of social identities in diverse societies including theoretical and practical implications affecting young children, families, programs, teaching, education and schooling. Culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society are covered. This course also involves self-reflection of one’s own understanding of educational principles in integrating anti-goals in order to better inform teaching practices and/or program development. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 33A – Family Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

The course teaches a strength-based approach to interviewing families, assessing and building family communication skills, assessing and connecting families with community resources within a framework of cultural competency. This course prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of settings such as community based organizations and larger social service or educational agencies. It is recommended for students interested in working in Social Services, Health Services and Education settings that require skills in family assessment, intervention and referral. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 33B – Family Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisites: CHS 33A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course builds upon the skills learned in the Family Development CHS 33A course. This course provides advanced skills to students interested in working in Social Services, Health Services and Education settings that require skills in family assessment, intervention and referral. The course teaches a strength-based approach to interviewing families, assessing and building family communication skills, assessing and connecting families with community resources within a framework of cultural competency. This course prepares students to work with children and families in a variety of settings such as community based organizations and larger social service or educational agencies. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 34A – Introduction to the Child with Special Needs

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed for students who are considering a career in special education or desire to work with children and families with special needs. The course provides an overview of common disabilities of children and the impact on families. Educational issues, techniques, methods of intervention and case management are explored. An examination of public law, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and the development of the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) and Individual Educational Plan (IEP) are included. Teaching practices and philosophies of inclusion in child development programs and schools are discussed and adaptations and intervention methods designed. Observation of children is required. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 34B – Inclusion of the Child with Special Needs in and Educational Setting

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: CHS 34A

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course focuses on the theories, research, and practical application from the fields of both early childhood education and special education. This course is designed for students who have experience working with or prior knowledge of children with special needs. Topics include curriculum modification strategies to facilitate the development of cognitive, motor, social/emotional, and language skills in children with special needs. Specific attention is placed on developing plans, collaborative teaching systems, and methods for working with paraprofessionals and parents of children with special needs. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 35 – Practicum in Early Childhood Education

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: CHS 1, 2, 63, 80

Co-requisite: WRKEX 303

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID ECE 210

In this course students have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood program planning and teaching competencies under the supervision of ECE/CD faculty and other qualified early education professionals. Students utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families. Child centered, play-oriented approaches to teaching, learning, and assessment and knowledge of curriculum content areas are emphasized as student teachers design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all young children. Students may be placed in the public school setting in pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade classrooms, in licensed early childhood programs serving infants through school-age children, or in classrooms serving children with special needs. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 53 – Contemporary Education in a Changing Society

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on American Education and its policies with an international perspective including its impact on children, families, and communities and the challenges of teaching in a diverse society. Additional topics include classroom experiences, educational philosophies, curriculum standards, assessment, teacher responsibilities, and parent partnerships. This course also covers the international perspective on school systems, pedagogy, achievement, beginning school, and pre-kindergarten practices in today’s global society. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 58 – Language and Literacy Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores the young child’s speech and language development including the developmental stages of receptive and expressive language, conversations, print awareness, phonemic awareness, reading, writing, and bilingual development. Students have the opportunity to use language arts materials, design print-rich environments, and plan language and literacy experiences for young children. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 59 – Music and Movement for Young Children

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course presents an overview of developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences for young children from birth through age 8. Topics include music in the classroom, singing and the human voice, children’s exploration of musical instruments, movement and motor development, instructional approaches to music and movement curriculum development, cultural influences, integrating music and movement into other curricular areas, and leading games and circle time. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 60 – Children's Ways of Thinking and Knowing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course provides an examination of cognitive development in young children. It emphasizes developmentally appropriate learning experiences which enhances the child’s thinking and understanding of the physical and social world. Brain development; developing social knowledge; implications of Paget’s and Vygotsky’s theory of constructivism; teacher-learner interactions; scaffolding; learning styles; and implementing learning experiences are discussed. Students use children’s play in early childhood and school-age settings as the basis for course observations, discussions, and designing and implementing learning experiences for young children. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 63 – Child, Family, and Community

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID CDEV 110

This course examines the developing child in a societal context focusing on the interrelationship of family, school, and community and emphasizes historical and sociocultural facts. The processes of socialization and identity development are highlighted, showing the importance of respectful reciprocal relationships that support and empower families. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 64 – Supervision and Administration I: Center Management

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an in-depth study of effective application of management and supervision procedures in early childhood programs. Topics include the unique goals, role and responsibility of the director, licensing and other regulation requirements, administrative structure and governance, budgeting, staff selection, program operation, policies and procedures, marketing, program assessment, and professional advocacy. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 65 – Supervision and Administration II: People and Processes

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: CHS 64

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This class focuses on the principles and practices of supervision within early care and education programs. The social structure of the program is studied including organizational structure and processes, building partnerships with parents and staff, decision-making and problem solving processes, group dynamics, managing change, motivation, and leadership. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 66 – Child Safety, Health and Nutrition

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID ECE 220

The course in child safety, health and nutrition is designed for persons working with typical and atypical young children. It includes the study of infectious disease, preventative health practices, infant/child/adult first aid/CPR and injury prevention, nutrition components, food pyramid/plate, and menu planning. This course is designed to meet state requirements in accordance with SB 1524. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 67 – Creative Art Experiences & Development

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores factors that affect the development of creative art expression and aesthetics in children. The developmental aspects of art expression, the role of the environment, materials, and adult-child interaction in fostering and nurturing creative art expression are emphasized. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 70 – Infant/Toddler Development and Care

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers infant/toddler development to age three, with an emphasis on physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Other topics include program planning based on the understanding of development needs and observation of individual infants and the application of theories to practical implementation. This course fulfills state requirements for infant/toddler care. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 80 – Introduction to Curriculum

3 units : lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisites: CHS 87

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID ECE 130

This course presents an overview of knowledge and skills related to providing appropriate curriculum and environments for young children from birth to age 6. Students examine a teacher’s role in supporting development and engagement for all young children. This course provides strategies for developmentally-appropriate practice based on observation and assessments across the curriculum, including 1) academic content areas, 2) play, art, and creativity, and 3) development of social-emotional, communication, and cognitive skills. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 83 – Documentation of Children's Learning

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This foundation course explores the role of documentation in education as a tool for reflection, assessment and growth of children, teachers, and families. Students are required to observe in the West Valley College Development Centers. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 84 – Advocacy for Children

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course covers the ways early care and education professionals can advocate for young children and their families. It examines advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels, and focuses on how bills become law and how early care and education professionals can influence public policy. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 85 – Adult Supervision in Early Childhood Programs

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is a study of methods and principles of program and professional assessment, evaluation, and communication appropriate for individuals who supervise adult teachers, parents, and volunteers in early childhood programs. A variety of professional and program instruments including NAEYC and NAFCC Accreditation self-study materials designed for use in assessing staff performance and program quality are discussed in an in-depth analysis of on-going assessment and its importance in program and professional development. In addition, self-assessment, leadership style, communication styles and career development are examined. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 86 – Technology for Administrators and Teachers in Early Childhood Education

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This course offers a comprehensive survey of the ways technology can facilitate the operational functions of administrators and teachers in an early childhood program. Collecting and storing information, communication technologies such as EMAIL, voice mail, web site home page, and Internet options as well as video and photo documentation are examined. Innovative uses of technology and the role of documentation and visual presentation in the planning and evaluating of early childhood programs are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 87 – Observation and Assessment

3 units: lecture 2.5 units; lab 0.5 units

Prerequisites: CHS 2 and CHS 63

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID ECE 200

This course is an in-depth study of techniques to observe and record behavior in educational settings. Emphasis is on the observation and assessment of behavior as an integral element within the contexts of the developmental interaction and emergent curriculum models. Recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment methods are explored. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 88 – Early Childhood Environments

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course explores the latest concepts in creating and implementing indoor and outdoor early childhood environments which meet the developmental needs and interests of young children. Discussion of research, theory, and practice of environmental requirements for children’s optimal growth and well-being include: facility and assessment of child space; elements of developmentally appropriate settings; use of color, light, sound, texture, surfaces, and finishes; definitionof space and creative ways to transform difficult spaces; designing spaces to create ambiance, organizational climate and work flow and to support collaboration of children, families, teachers, and other professionals in curriculum planning and implementation. Pass/No Pass Option

CHS 88A – The Outdoor Environment

1 unit: lecture 1 unit; lab 0 units

This course focuses on the value of nature in childhood experiences and examines the potential of the outdoor playground to become an extension of the classroom and offer many opportunities for children to explore, create, discover, and learn. Topics include playground design, enhancing outside play and learning opportunities, daily routines that support active participation in the outdoor environment, teacher and parent education, and curriculum planning. Pass/No Pass Option

last published: 10/16/17