EDC359A Infants and Toddlers

for UU 2007

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EDC 359 Infants and Toddlers


UU 2007 HO


Ballentine, Dana and Robb, Pamela


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Curriculum and Instruction

Office Location

off campus

Daytime Phone

Dana 913-642-4345 or  Pamela 816-363-1002

Other Phone

Dana cell 913-515-5117 or Pamela cell 816-916-5405


dballentine@park.edu or probb@park.edu

Semester Dates

Summer 2007

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 8:30 PM


EDC 360A  or EDC361A

Credit Hours



Gonzalez-Mena J. & Widmeyer Eyer D. (2007).  Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers 7th ed.  New York, NY:  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Gandini, L. & Pope Edwards, C. eds. (2001).  Bambini.  The Italian Approach to Infant/Toddler Care.  New York, NY:  Teachers College Press.

Gonzalez-Mena, J. (2007).  Diversity in Early Care and Education Honoring Difference 5th ed.  New
York, NY:  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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Course Description:
      Students will plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate materials, activities and strategies for children, birth to age three.  359A is an undergraduate course designed for teacher candidates majoring in early childhood education or early childhood leadership.  The course emphasizes understanding theoretical and empirical perspectives that connect play to young children's learning and development.  Furthermore, the course accentuates designing play-based curriculum and assessment for diverse learners.  

      Admission to the School of Education. 
         Early childhood education certification students must be concurrently enrolled in EDC360A Infant and Toddler Practicum for Early Childhood Education Certification for 2 credit hours.  Early childhood education leadership students must be concurrently enrolled in EDC 361A:  Infant and Toddler Practicum for Early Childhood Education and Leadership for 1 credit hour.

      Students will utilize practicum site to complete assignments that require fieldwork, including implementation of strategies that enhance children's learning and development through play.

      Technology is embedded in the course through Internet research.  Teacher candidates will use technology in the college classroom and in the classroom with the children.  Some instruction occurs in E-College Discussion Board.

Educational Philosophy:
      The professors draw from Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, in that it is important to allow for diverse learning styles in all classrooms.  In other works, the professors draw heavily from theorists such as Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner, to name a few.  The professors provide time to share personal experiences and ideas to understand multiple perspectives.      

      The class is organized in the style of a seminar including techniques such as:  in-class dialogue, demonstration, discussion board, observation, library/internet research, collaborative group projects and oral presentations.

Class Assessment:

Presentations, projects, papers, class participation.



Project 1:  Group Presentation and Activity Center Activities (Due: Week of June 17)
      *    Group/Self Evaluation
     *    Activity/Center Plans to Peers and Team Presentation

Project 2:  The Environment Plan(Core Assessment)       
      *   Observation of existing environment (2a) (Due: June 21 )
      *   Plan for new environment (2b, 2b1) (Due: June 26)
      *   Implementation of new environment  (2c) (July 2-13)
      *   Analysis of new environment  (2) (Due: July 17))

Project 3:  Activity at Practicum Site ( Due: Week of July 8)
      *   Plan (3a)
      *   Implementation (3b)
      *   Video/Video Reflection (3c)

Project 4:  Philosophy Statement (Due July 24)
FINAL:  Documentation Panel of activity or learning experience observed in Classroom (Due July 26)
      *   Panel Considerations

Project 1: Group Presentation and Activity  (38 pts)                                                                      
Project 2a: The Environment Initial Analysis (47 pts)                                                                                 
Project 2b: The Environment Plan (37 pts)                                                                                                    
Project 2b1: The Environment Plan-mentor/practicum instructor approval (12 pts)                                  
Project 2c: The Environment Implementation (25 pts)                                                                              
Project 2d: The Environment Analysis (34 pts)                                                                                              
Project 3a: Activity Plan (25 pts)                                                                                                                    
Project 3b: Activity Implementation (25 pts)                                                                                                
Project 3c: Video Reflection (25 pts)                                                                                                            
Project 4: Philosophy Statement (30 pts)                                                                                                     
Image of Child/Teacher/Family (15 pts)                                                                                                      
Project 5: Documentation Panel  (25 pts)                                                                                                  
Participation:  Reading Synopsis and Questions (5 pts/session:  1 excused absence-75 pts)
TOTAL:       413                                                                                                                 
Attend a professional meeting and turn in notes with your name and the name of the meeting.  (Reggio Collaborative, AEYC, etc)  (5 pts)  
Missing 0 classes  (5 pts)


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A:  Reading/Class Participation       
      Students are required to read the textbook chapters in order to participate in class discussions and small group activities.  Small group work includes dialogue and problem solving throughout the semester.  Individual students will receive partial points for class participation and interaction.  The class projects are based on contents covered in the text and class dialogue.

B:  Submission of Assignment
Scoring guides that include format for written assignments are provided for the course.  Students must follow the criteria outlined and abide by the due dates for each project.  Late submissions are accepted only with prior approval from the professor.  Twenty percent of the total points (for the project) may be deducted if the professor accepts the paper as a late submission.  Students may submit papers on time even if absent (via digital drop box, placing in the professor's mailbox, or sending with a friend).  It is the student's responsibility to contact the professor prior to due date if they do not understand the criteria for the assignments as explained.  Students should attend the writing center to ensure that papers do not bear any technical writing and typological errors.  Students must cite references using APA style within the contents of the paper.  Students should write papers in order to explain all information (assume that the reader does not understand the information presented).  This form of writing will enable the students to explain their ideas and understanding of content to the professor.  Furthermore, this form will better enable students to explain ideas to family members of children with whom they will work in the future.
C:  Revision of Written Papers     
All written papers should be saved for the purpose of revision.  You are allowed to make one revision for each written project if the grade is less than ninety-three percent and submitted on time.  The due date for the revised papers is the next class after they have been returned to students.  Papers returned immediately prior to finals must be resubmitted by July 19, 2007.
D:  Mobile Phones and Messaging: 
Participation in class is essential for everyone's learning.  If you must have a mobile phone for emergencies, students are required to turn to vibrate.  Otherwise, all phones are to be turned off during class time.  Text messaging is not permitted during class time.      

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:
Photo Release: 

Capturing the learning of children through digital photography is included in multiple assignments for this course.  Where the images are gathered as part of work in a classroom, the policies of the school/school district regarding images will be followed.  Students will contact host teachers to determine whether written approval has been obtained from all guardians of the children.  In cases where school or school district policy does not apply, photo release forms must be submitted to the professor by the person taking the picture or other graphic image.  These forms will be made available upon request. 


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