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ECHS 1100 - Early Childhood Development

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an introduction to the growth, development and learning processes of the young child to age eight. Major developmental theories are integrated with all domains including; physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive. This course covers the influence of the environment on the developing child and the adult’s role in using assessment to support development. Students will learn how assessment is used to determine goals and teaching strategies for young children.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the historical contributions of the major theorists in early childhood as they relate to child development.


  1. Describe the major developmental theories.
  2. Research an assigned theorist and present findings to the class.


Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to summarize how young children’s characteristics and needs influence the child’s future development.


  1. Describe the physical, social, emotional, language, and cognitive development of children from conception to age eight.
  2. Identify biological and environmental factors that influence development.


Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will recognize that positive relationships and supportive interactions are the foundation of their work with young children.


  1. Describe implications of cultural, linguistic, environmental and family influences on development and learning.
  2. Examine ways to foster family collaboration and involvement.


Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to assess development through the use of observation.


  1. Describe how assessment leads to the development of appropriate goals, curriculum and teaching strategies.
  2. Compare various assessment methods.
  3. Describe the value of observation.
  4. Delineate the difference between objective and subjective recording techniques.
  5. Identify professional and ethical considerations to observing.
  6. Collect data.
  7. Interpret data to create a plan to support further development.

  • Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
  • Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
  • Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
  • Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
  • Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES

Week(s) Topic(s)
1, 2 Theories in Early Childhood Development
3 Objective Assessment
4 Conception, Pregnancy, Birth, biological and environmental factors affecting infants and the new family
5, 6 Infancy, development, guidance, social and cultural effects
7, 8, 9 Ages one to three, development, guidance, social and cultural considerations
10, 11 Ages four and five, development, guidance, social and cultural considerations
12, 13, 14 Ages six to eight, development, guidance, social and cultural considerations
15, 16 The assessment process and its relationship to supporting development

Primary Faculty
Boni, Lisa
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Primary Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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