Course Description

    Students will have an opportunity to plan curriculum and teach it while gaining valuable experiences working with children.  They will learn teaching techniques, childcare operations, first aid/CPR and guidance skills.  Students will create a professional portfolio to assist them in obtaining a job in the field of early childhood education*

    *Boulder Creek High School is fortunate enough to have a State approved childcare facility on campus to facilitate authentic workplace learning for our students.   Those enrolled in Advanced Early Childhood Education are given the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with preschool aged children as they will plan, prepare and present lessons to the students in the Lil’ Jags Childcare Center. 


    Materials Needed

    • Student Library Card
    • Student School ID (must be worn when teaching in the preschool)
    • Charged student iPad


     Grading Policy

                 A  =      90-100%

                B  =      80-90%

                C  =      70-79%

                D  =      60-69%

                F  =      below 60%


    The semester grade is a cumulative grade for the 18 weeks made up of the following:


    30% Teaching

    25% Projects/Class Work

    25% Professional Development

    20% Final Exam


    Adherence to the Boulder Creek Academic Integrity Code

    All students enrolled in Advanced Child Development will adhere to the framework and guidelines set forth in the Boulder Creek High School Academic Integrity Code. Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated. The purpose of this code is to promote a positive learning environment for all involved.  Any student who violates this code will be referred to the Students Rights and Responsibilities handbook and assignment of appropriate consequences.   Please refer to the Academic Integrity Code in your student handbook for more details.


    Powerschool Access

    The Powerschools site allows parents/guardians and students to access the student’s grades, attendance, and other information.  If you need your access information, please stop by the front desk during business hours.  You will need a photo I.D.  The web address is: ps.dvusd.org/public


    Course Objectives


    Examine the foundational concepts and theoretical approaches of early childhood education


    Examine strategies to build family and community relationships 


    Examine the factors influencing prenatal development


    Examine developmentally-appropriate practices that support meaningful learning experiences


    Examine infant development (birth to 12 months) 


    Examine developmentally-appropriate learning environments/ learning centers 


    Examine toddler development (12 to 36 months) 


    Examine developmentally-appropriate learning experiences


    Examine preschool development (3 to 5 years)


    Examine strategies that promote prosocial behavior in young children 


    Examine early elementary child development (kindergarten through grade 3) 


    Examine observation and assessment strategies in early childhood settings


    Examine procedures and regulations that promote health and safety in early childhood environments


    Examine professionalism and legal and ethical practices in the early childhood education profession


    Examine health and nutrition in young children




     Make-Up Work Policy

    Upon return to class after an excused absence, a student has one school day for each day missed to make up work/test assigned during his/her absence regardless of the number of days absent. For example, if a student is absent on Thursday and Friday, he/she will have Monday and Tuesday of the following week to make up work and must turn in the work that was assigned during the days absent on Wednesday. 

     Coursework and assessments assigned prior to the absence(s) may still be due on the date assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to check with teachers immediately upon return for work missed and possible adjustment of due dates. Teachers may choose to schedule an appointment with the student to arrange due dates as needed.  Students should utilize Canvas to learn what assignments have been missed.


    Late Work

    If a non-long term project is submitted late, the student will receive a reduced grade of 50% for up to one week after the due date.  After that point, the assignment will no longer be accepted unless otherwise noted.  All weekly projects in the Advanced Early Ed course are considered long term projects.  All projects and reflections are due on the Friday of the week assigned.  Anything submitted after midnight on the due date will receive half credit.  Anything submitted more than one week after the due date will not be taken for credit.


     Long Term Project Policy

    Long-term projects are assignments given at least one week in advance.  The teachers will note that the assignment is a long-term project in the written instructions provided for the students.  Long-term projects are due on or before the date assigned, even if the student or teacher is absent on the due date.

    See the Student Handbook for additional details.

    Teacher Preparation (in class work) policy-  Advanced Early Childhood Education is a rotation class. Students will receive a semester schedule during the first two weeks of class.  All lesson planning and planning prep assignments are considered “long-term” assignments and are therefore due on each group’s due date-even if the student or teacher are absent.  Students work in groups to prepare a week’s worth of lessons for the Lil Jags in the on-campus preschool and are therefore dependent upon each other’s completion of tasks for an efficient teach week.   Students are responsible for submitting all work on time and completing all tasks that their teammates depend on them to complete.


    Classroom Behavior Expectations and Consequences

    Students are expected to understand and comply with all district and school policies as set out in the student handbook.  Students who fail to comply will face appropriate consequences.  Students should be especially aware of the policies governing attendance, dress code and food & drink in the classroom and computer and internet usage on campus.

    Use appropriate language and behavior at ALL times.  Students in the Lil’ Jags Preschool see and hear everything.  We must teach them by modeling.


    Technology Use

    Unauthorized use of hardware or software, damage to technology equipment, or theft will result in disciplinary action. Students are responsible to protect their passwords and may not allow others to use their password.



    Please contact the teacher for any student concerns.  It is crucial that teachers, parents, and students maintain open lines of communication.  Contact information is provided at the top of the first page.  Email is the preferred form of communication as it is the easiest to answer quickly.  Please note, concerns will be addressed privately with the student prior to responding to the parent or guardian. 

    The Deer Valley Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. For any inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies contact the Superintendent's Department, 20402 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85027. 623.445.5000.


     As a member of the Advanced Early Childhood Education class, you will have an opportunity teach and interact with the preschool students in the on campus preschool. 

     While teaching in the preschool, you will be expected to adhere to the following.   


    Dress appropriately-no low cut tops, no short shorts, no midriffs and no inappropriate art on clothing-dress code will be enforced. 


    Be free of all extra scents.  Many preschool students are sensitive to perfume, body spray and scented lotion. 


    Use only appropriate language.  This includes eliminating slang phrases such as “shut up,” “friggin’/freaking,” “gay” from your vocabulary. 


    Engage and interact with the preschoolers. (Ex. Sit at their level, make eye contact, scaffold their learning, use their first name, model appropriate behavior, etc.) 


    Be prepared with lesson materials in accordance with instructor’s schedule. 


    Clean up and put away all materials in their appropriate location prior to exiting the class. 


    Complete self-reflections in a timely manner-these are for are for a grade. 


    Follow the pre-determined semester schedule-complete and submit all required materials and paperwork without reminder.