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Core Course Selection
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 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.
- Master Syllabi - Includes core components of each course (resources, learning outcomes, method of evaluation, required reading and writing).
- Sample Student Syllabi - Includes sample components of each course (resources, learning outcomes, alignment with DEC Recommended Practices, method of evaluation, course calendar including resource and assignment allocation).
- Field Experiences - Descriptions of field experience assignments aligned with Learning Objectives, NAEYC Associate Degree Standards, and DEC Recommended Practices. Field experiences are scaffolded across courses to include diverse sites and include varied opportunities supporting acquisition of student knowledge, skills, and dispositions working with children and families who are culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse.
- Case Studies - Descriptions of Case Study assignments that also serve as Program Assessment for NAEYC Associate Degree Accreditation Portfolio.
- 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 setting. Resources are arranged both by course as well as topically.
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.
- Family Story: MF (Windows Media Video format, 239 MB, 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.
- Including 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.
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