• Course Description   

    This course examines the developing child from conception through adolescents.  Areas of study include physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth of children.  Students gain an understanding of issues related to child development and the education of young children.  Observation in a preschool setting provides students with real world experience*.

    *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 Early Childhood Education are given the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with preschool aged children as they will be observing and analyzing the students in the Lil’ Jags Childcare Center.



    Text Book: The Developing Child


    Other Resources: In addition to short film segments, students will be viewing the following full-length movies during Early Childhood Education this school year.


    1.     Life before Birth (in conjunction with our unit on Prenatal Development and childbirth)
    2.     The Business of Being born (in conjunction with our unit on Prenatal Development and childbirth)
    3.     Babies (in conjunction with our unit on Infant Development)
    4.     Bully (in conjunction with our unit on School Age Development)
    5.     A Girl Like Her (in conjunction with our unit on Adolescence)
    6.     Mean Girls (in conjunction with our unit on Adolescence)
    7.     Finding Nemo (in conjunction with our unit on preschool development)
    8.     Inside Out (multiple Intelligence)
    9.     Wreck It Ralph (Preschool Development)

    Materials Needed:

    • A charged student iPad for daily use, a stylus is highly recommended for use with the iPad
    • Materials for flour baby (list will be sent home prior to project)


    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% Coursework/Participation

    50% Assessments (written tests and projects)

    20% Final Exam



    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 10% per day late for up to 5 days or 50% grade reduction.  After that point, the assignment will no longer be accepted unless otherwise noted.


    Submission of Work

    Make-up or late work can be submitted through Canvas.  Once the work is no longer able to be submitted for credit, the assignment will be locked and not accessible in Canvas.  


    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.  All final projects are considered long-term projects.

    See the Student Handbook for additional 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


    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 and dress code as well as computer and Internet usage on campus.


    Adherence to the Boulder Creek Academic Integrity Code

    All students enrolled in Early Childhood Education 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.


    In addition to the guidelines for student outlined in the student handbook:

    1. Be courteous and respectful to others: students are expected to conduct themselves with businesslike behavior at all times.  As students learn about skills needed to work in the business world, students are required to conduct themselves as they would in an employee/employer atmosphere of mutual respect, professionalism and high standards.
    2. Be punctual.  Students are to be in the classroom when the last bell rings with all materials needed for class.
    3. Participate in team activities and classroom discussions.
    4. 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.