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CHLD 101: Intro to Early Childhood

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 098, OR
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

This course provides an overview of the historical and present-day representations of the fields of early childhood general education, early childhood special education, and early intervention. Information regarding organizational structures and public policy are shared via lecture and comparative observations. The course includes a strong focus on professional ethics, knowledge, skills, and dispositions. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 102: Growth and Development of the Young Child

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. Four field observations are required outside of class time in addition to at least two during class sessions. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 103: Environmental Design to Support Children’s Play

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The types and functions of play are studied, along with an exploration of play techniques that allow children to exercise their physical abilities, learn about their world, and cope with their conflicts and emotions. The role of the teacher in facilitating play and choosing appropriate equipment is emphasized. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 108: Guidance of the Young Child

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The theories of behavior analysis and guidance are introduced and the relationship between careful observation and effective interaction with children is examined. Techniques and skills will be presented that promote appropriate behavior management. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 110: Introduction to Human Verbal Development

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course focuses on the study of human communication, including the anatomy and physiology of speech and hearing, with an emphasis on speech and language development in children and the role of the practitioner in supporting first and second language acquisition. This course includes evidence-based curriculum and assessment strategies. Field Experiences required. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 115: Spoken and Written Language Development

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course focuses on the acquisition of spoken and written language from infancy through adolescence. The course includes information on bilingual development. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 121: Foundations of Child Development 1

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 098, OR
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes an in-depth study of the inter-relatedness of physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development. Development is studied in the context of family, gender, culture, language, ability, socioeconomics, diversity, and society. Special emphasis will be on the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, and Gardner. Students will complete a minimum of four observations. CHLD 121 and 122 combined are equivalent to, and should transfer as, CHLD 102. Credit for CHLD 121 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only and will not be awarded for students who have previously taken CHLD 102. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 122: Foundations of Child Development II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 121
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of human growth and development from conception through adolescence. Content includes exploration and analysis of typical and atypical patterns of development for young children, and identification of supportive strategies designed to enhance each child?s development and learning. A minimum of two observations are required. CHLD 121 and 122 combined are equivalent to, and should transfer as, CHLD 102. Credit for CHLD 122 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only and will not be awarded for students who have previously taken CHLD 102 1 credit hour

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 124: Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings 1

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 098, OR
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

This course includes an overview of culturally, linguistically, and individually responsive planning strategies. Foundational planning, implementation, and assessment of curriculum designed to support children?s health development, abilities, interests and needs are presented and assessed. Students will gain critical information on factors that contribute to positive interactions within early childhood environments. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 125: Curriculum in Early Childhood Settings 2

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 124
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

An overview of methods and content supportive of developmentally appropriate content for young children ages birth through 8. Course content includes appropriate methodology for teaching young children, as well as information on the selection of appropriate content in the areas of technology, literacy, mathematics, science, social science, and creative and fine arts. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 126: Foundations of Family Child Care

Prerequisite(s):
-There are no formal prerequisites or placement testing requirements for this course

This course provides knowledge and skills needed to operate a family child care home. Fundamental business and programming practices are shared. Credit for CHLD 126 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 127: Early Childhood Foundations for Family Child Care

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 126

This course provides additional early childhood knowledge and skills for family child care practitioners. Relationship-based strategies, foundational child growth and development, and professionalism are key foci of this course. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 128: Foundations of Observation and Assessment 1

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 098, OR
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

This course provides an introduction to culturally linguistic assessment procedures, screening tools, and observation methods and their role in supporting children?s development and learning and in informing the instructional process. The role of engaging families and conducting legal and ethical assessment will be of primary focus. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 129: Foundations of Observation and Assessment 2

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 128
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

The evaluation, selection, and implementation of effective observation, screening, and assessment strategies are the focus of this course. Materials include relationship of assessment to group and individual planning and effective strategies for engaging families through incorporation of family goals and priorities is presented. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 201: Child Development Practicum I

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 102, 105, 109, and 202
AND
-Completion of, or concurrently enrolled in, CHLD 209
AND
-Cleared DCFS licensing background check

This course deals with the practical application of evidence-based practices based on early childhood education principles and theories. Students work with diverse young children and families in high-quality, culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse early childhood settings under the supervision of a site supervisor and a college course work supervisor. Six hours of lab work will be required each week. This course meets for 1 hour seminar and 6 hours practicum for 3 hours credit. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 202: Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course provides an overview of the health, safety and nutritional needs of young children and early childhood practices to ensure the health and well-being of each child in a group setting. Content includes roles and responsibilities of adults in meeting children?s diverse needs, the promotion of healthy life style practices, understanding common childhood illnesses and injuries, meeting health, nutrition and safety standards, and planning nutritious meals that are appropriate for each child. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 204: Infant and Toddler Care

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

The principles, practices and programming for infants and toddlers are presented, applied and evaluated. The focus of the course includes developmentally appropriate practices, an overview of assessment, and the importance of partnering with families. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 205: Family Child Care Management

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 98

This course considers issues and responsibilities in providing home day care for infants and young children. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 206: Child Development Practicum II

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 201 and CHLD 204 with a grade of C or better

This course builds on skills and knowledge acquired in CHLD 201 (Child Development Practicum I) and Infant and Toddler Care (CHLD 204). The supervised practicum experience in early childhood settings emphasizes practical application of early childhood education principles and theories within infant and toddler settings. This course meets for 1 hour seminar and 6 hours practicum for 3 hours credit. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 207: Exceptional Child

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment in, CHLD 102

This survey course provides an overview of educational and evidence-based strategies supporting children with exceptional cognitive, social, physical, and emotional needs. Course explores current issues, including educational implications for children with special needs, their families, and community. Identification, intervention strategies, methods, and programs to meet the needs of children are presented. Study of applicable federal and state laws and requirements conducted, including: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Individualized Family Service Plan, Individualized Education Plan, and inclusive programs. Fulfills requirements of school Code, Article 21, 2a. 3 credit hours
IAI Major Code - ECE 913

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 208: Child Care Center/Early Childhood Administration

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

This course examines a variety of management processes, as well as components needed for an effective center, including staffing, budgeting, development of policies, purchasing, monitoring of program quality, evaluation, parent involvement, computers and administrative software, licensing and accreditation. Accessing community resources and professional organizations as a means to improving program quality will be addressed. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 209: Child, Family and Community

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 102

This course focuses on the diverse needs of the child within the context of family, school and community. The course will examine the interplay of diverse cultures, lifestyles, abilities, language and communication with the role of the early childhood environment and other community institutions. Students will gain an understanding of their professional role in supporting evidence-based practices that strengthen respectful, collaborative family/child partnerships through effective use of community and family resources. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 210: School Age Programming

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 98

This course examines knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with the school-age child. Focus is on planning, organizing, and implementing developmentally appropriate activities. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 215: Child Advocacy

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 98

This course will prepare early childhood educators to serve as advocates for the early childhood profession and the children and families who are served by the profession. Topics covered will include: 1) becoming an advocate; 2) developing a grass-roots movement; and 3) learning to motivate and influence others through advocacy. 2 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 220: Individual and Family Development

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Overview of the development of the individual throughout the lifespan within the context of the developing family and society. A theoretical emphasis will be placed on the interdependence between the individual and the context they exist within. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 221: Foundations of Inclusion

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 099/101

Foundations of Inclusion focuses on the practical knowledge and skills necessary for childcare providers and other early childhood professionals to successfully practice inclusion. Topics covered include individual learning plans, accessibility, partnering with parents, arranging the environment, and selecting and adapting toys and materials. Also addresses guidance, positioning, and communication. 3 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 222: Math Content and Concepts for the Young Child

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at ENGL 098
AND
-Completion of MATH Placement test

This course is an exploration of early mathematical content and concepts relevant to young children ages 0-6. Students will learn strategies to encourage and promote mathematical understanding in young children. Particular emphasis will be on the following concepts: numbers, measurement, shapes, patterns, spatial relations, and analysis of data. 3 credit hours

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 226: Family Child Care Programming

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of ECE Level 2 Credential
AND
-Completion of CHLD 126

This course extends foundational knowledge and skills needed to operate a family child care home. Course focus included connections to policies and legislation, business and technology systems, and communication and record keeping. Credit for CHLD 226 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only. 1 credit hour

Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 238: Partnering with Families and Communities 1

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, ENGL 098, OR
-Placement at ENGL 099/101 or higher

This course provides an overview of the role and influence of families and communities on children?s development, learning, and well-being in the early childhood setting. Culturally and linguistically responsive communication and collaboration strategies designed to engage families will be introduced. Strengths-based, culturally responsive practices that model respect for families will be a central focus. CHLD 238 and 239 combined are equivalent to, and should transfer as, CHLD 209. Credit for CHLD 238 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only and will not be awarded for students who have previously taken CHLD 209. 1 credit hour

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 239: Partnering with Families and Communities 2

Prerequisite(s):
-Completion of CHLD 238
AND
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

This course provides an overview of the role and influence of families and communities on children?s development and learning in the early childhood setting. Culturally and linguistically responsive communication and collaboration strategies designed to engage families will be introduced. Strengths-based, culturally responsive practices that model respect for families will be a central focus. CHLD 238 and 239 combined are equivalent to, and should transfer as, CHLD 209. Credit for CHLD 239 will be granted through Prior Learning Assessment only and will not be awarded for students who have previously taken CHLD 209. 2 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

CHLD 296: Special Topics

Prerequisite(s):
-Placement at college level English OR
-Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 99/101

Course will offer students an opportunity to study a topic which is (1) unique and infrequently offered as a part of their program curriculum or (2) of special interest to the field of early childhood. 1-4 credit hours

Transferrable Elective Course: This course generally should transfer to an Illinois Articulation Initiative college or university. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.

Early Childhood Education Questions

Contact the Social Sciences Department

Early Childhood Practitioner Partnership Program at Heartland Community College