• Course Syllabus

    Early Childhood Education



    Instructor:  Donna King


    Contact Information for instructor:  Bassett High School


                                                                   e-mail – dking@ henry. k12.va.us



    Course Credit: 1                  



    Course Description:  This course delves into program operations in early childhood and care.  Students will explore various jobs within the industry and gain work experience at various childcare facilities. This course requires a nine-week internship. 



    1. Providing a Safe, Healthy Learning Environment
    2. Promoting Physical, Intellectual, Social, and Emotional Development
    3. Promoting Positive and Productive Relationships with Families
    4. Making a Program Responsive to Participants’ Needs
    5. Maintaining a Commitment to Professionalism
    6. Seeking  Employment in Early Childhood Education and Services
    7. Practicing General Employment Skills
    8. Balancing Work and Family
    9. Examining All Aspects of the Industry


    Course Materials:  Working With Young Children


    Course Outline:  The course will be taught in a sequence of units.


    Grading, Student Records, and Homework:  Student progress is assessed during each grading period of the course.  Methods of demonstration, modeling, teamwork, hands-on activities, projects, presentations, tests, participation, and self-evaluation will be used for assessment.


    The internship will be assessed through journal entries, teacher evaluations, and other evidence of activities performed during the period of the internship.


    Student Records:  A record of each student’s grades on all work will be maintained.


    Homework Policy:  Students are expected to return homework according to the weekly or monthly calendar.


    Make-up Policy:  Any test or assignment missed due to absence is due on the day the student returns to class.  Any class work missed is due three days after the absence.  There will be a five point deduction per day for all overdue work.


    Communication:  Parents can contact the teacher at Bassett High School.


    Instructional Activities:  Chapters in the textbook not covered in Intro. To Early Childhood will be assigned. You will be taking the Early Childhood “Nocti” State test at the end of the year, so you will need to read each chapter in the textbook. We will concentrate on the “terms to know” for each chapter.


    Internship: During your 9 weeks internship, you will develop a lesson plan and I will observe you teaching the activity to your class.


    Non-instructional Activities:  Each student must have their parent or guardian sign a permission form for travel.


    Materials Needed:  Two inch-three–ring binder, paper, divider tabs, writing utensils

    Other materials may be requested for special projects. Your binder from Intro. to Early Childhood may be used.


    Class Procedures and Class/School Rules:  The student is expected to follow the rules and expectations of the district and school as set forth in the Henry County Code of Conduct.  Specific rules of conduct and dress will be developed for the period of the internship.