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The seven core courses included in this project have been identified by the Illinois Associate Degree Early Childhood Educators group (ACCESS) as being the courses that are central to community college curriculum across the state. Through the support of the HEIP grant, and with the input of 2- and 4-year faculty in early childhood general and special education as well as faculty in bilingual education, the courses have been revised to ensure
that the competencies, student assessments, resources, and embedded evidence-based practices represent current, research-based information supporting the learning and development of children and families who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
The courses are based on the 2009 NAEYC Associate Degree Standards, the 2008 CEC Initial Common Core, Initial Special Education Profession in Early Childhood Special Education/Early Intervention Birth to 8 (DEC), and the 2010 Illinois Professional Teaching Standards.
Core Course Resources
The following resources are included for each of the seven core courses and can be accessed via each individual course.
- Sample Syllabus - Includes core components of each course (course
outline, resources, learning outcomes, method of evaluation).
- Activities - Descriptions of assignments
aligned with Learning Objectives, NAEYC Associate Degree Standards,
and DEC Recommended Practices. Assignments include field
experiences at diverse sites that include opportunities that support
student acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to
work with children and families who are culturally, linguistically,
and ability diverse.
- Handouts - Various resources used within the
Course or Assigned Activities.
- Content Questions - Compilation of questions
pertaining to textbook and additional course readings. Questions are arranged sequentially by textbook chapter.
- Discussion Questions - Potential topics for discussion in an
online discussion board or during classroom instruction.
- Readings & Resources - Current, evidence-based resources aligned with OSEP-mandated
objectives based on knowledge, skills, and dispositions early
childhood practitioners need to acquire to support the learning and
development of children and families within inclusive settings.
The following resources, organized topically, are used within the seven core courses of this project.
Quality Inclusive Practices Checklist
This instrument is designed to assess quality inclusive practices within early childhood environments. The features used to define high-quality, inclusive early childhood programs and services are
Access, Participation, and Supports (DEC/NAEYC, 2009). The framework for this checklist builds upon these features. Access, Participation, and Supports are measured by a variety of evidence-based indicators.
Classroom Therapist Deegan Interactions Video
Video demonstrates techniques a physical therapist uses in an early
- Family Story: MF (Length: 20:54)
Video tells story of family with young child who has Down syndrome. Family shares experiences prior to child's birth, present day strengths and priorities, and hopes and concerns for the future.
- Family Story: NF (Windows Media Video format, 207 MB, Length: 18:10)
Video tells story of family who has recently immigrated from the Congo. Family shares story of their immigration, their current strengths and priorities relative to their children, and their hopes and concerns for the future.
- Integrated Therapies (Windows Media Video format, 64.3 MB, Length: 5:40)
Video demonstrates techniques a developmental therapist uses when working with a young child and her teacher in an infant/toddler classroom.
Integrated Therapies with
Mom (Windows Media Video format, 26.1 MB, Length: 2:21)
Video demonstrates techniques a developmental therapist uses when working with a young child and her mother in an infant/toddler classroom.