ECD122 - Child Development I

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Subject Title
Child Development I

Subject Description
This subject examines human development principles and their applications to a variety of developmental theories. Different types of data collection (observations, assessment, interviewing) are also emphasized. Focus will be given to the sequence of development from conception to preschool in the areas of social, cognitive, emotional, language and physical development.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Early Childhood Education Diploma Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Describe the general principles that govern human growth and development.
2. Assess the influence of genetics in human growth and development.
3. Compare several theories of human development.
4. Recognize how contexts of development, family and culture affect infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
5. Examine the biological foundation of human development and the sequence of prenatal growth and development.
6. Analyze the natural development of children from infancy to preschool including social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical growth.
7. Utilize observation techniques to assess infant, toddler and preschool development.
8. Assess children's development in relation to the norm for infants, toddlers and preschoolers using a formal screening/assessment tool.

Upon completion of the Early Childhood Education diploma, students should have achieved the following generic outcomes and vocational skills.

Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly in the written, spoken, and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of audiences.
2. reframe information, ideas, and concepts using the narrative, visual, numerical, and symbolic representations which demonstrate understanding.

3. apply a wide variety of mathematical techniques with the degree of accuracy required to solve problems and make decisions.
4. use a variety of computer hardware and software and other technological tools appropriate and necessary to the performance of tasks.
5. interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
6. evaluate her or his own thinking throughout the steps and processes used in problem solving and decision making.
7. collect, analyze, and organize relevant and necessary information from a variety of sources.
8. evaluate the validity of arguments based on qualitative and quantitative information in order to accept or challenge the findings of others.

9. create innovative strategies and/or products that meet identified needs.
10. manage the use of time and other resources to attain personal and/or project-related goals.
11. take responsibility for her or his own actions and decisions.
12. adapt to new situations and demands by applying and/or updating her or his knowledge and skills.

13. represent her or his skills, knowledge, and experience realistically for personal and employment purposes.

Vocational Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood Education Programs

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. plan curriculum* that is based on a thorough understanding of child development*.
2. plan and implement individual programs and curriculum* to meet the developmental needs of children*.
3. utilize a variety of observation techniques* to enhance work with children*, families*, and co-workers.
4. maintain responsive relationships* with individual children* and groups of children*.
5. establish and maintain safe and healthy environments* which best meet the requirements of current legislation*, regulatory bodies, and program policies.
6. develop and maintain effective written, oral, nonverbal, and electronic communications with children*, families*, co-workers, employers, and individuals/agencies.
7. apply relevant legislation*, policies, procedures, and regulations to early childhood education programs and settings in a changing social context.
8. apply a personal philosophy of early childhood education within the framework of ethical and professional standards*.
9. act in a manner consistent with principles of fairness, equity, and diversity* to support the development and learning of individual children*, within the context of his/her family*, culture*, and society.

(1) @2002, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

*see web site at:

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

ECD 100 +
EAC149 or equivalent English level strongly recommended

NOTE: ECE Intensive stream - ECD100 can be taken concurrently if EAC150 completed.

Prerequisite:  Current police check from local police agency, Seneca Medical Form, First Aid/CPR Seneca 911 or Level C.

Topic Outline
1. Theories of child development

2.  Prenatal development and influences

3. Physical development infant,toddler, preschool

4. Cognitive development: infant, toddler, preschooler

5. Social/emotional development: infant, toddler, preschooler

6. Formal Observation infant, toddler, preschool anecdotal

7. ELECT development as a resource to assess development

Mode of Instruction
This subject is classroom based and will include lectures, discussions, presentations and observations

Prescribed Texts
Children, 13th Edition, 2016;(Pkg W/ CPS 2-Year Connect)
By John W. Santrock; McGraw Hill, ISBN#9781259939594

Take a Look: Observation and Portfolio Assessment in Early Childhood Education, 6th Edition, 2013;
By Sue Martin, Pearson Education, ISBN:9780321739285

IED III Development Record Book,
By Albert H. Grigance, Curriculum Associates

ELECT -"Early Learning Learning for Every Child Today- A framework for Ontario early childhood settings"

College of ECE of Ontario Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

Reference Material
 Writer's Resource, 3rd edition
By Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#9780070685840

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  All assignments are due in hard copy form at the beginning of class. Late assignments will be subject to the following penalties:
After the start of class to one week late: 10% of total assignment grade will be deducted.
Second week late: 20% of total assignment grade will be deducted . If the assignment is not submitted within the two weeks after the due date it will be assumed that the student chooses not to submit the assignment and a grade of 0 will be assigned. The final grade will be calculated by adding the grades for the assignments submitted.

Students must request an extension for assignments in writing before the assignment due date. Extensions will be granted on an individual basis and many require submission of documentation to verify lateness. The instructor will determine any grade penalty that may apply.
Assignments / Presentations are to be grammatically correct, and marks will be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in both written assignments and class discussions.
All assignments / presentations must be cited.  Students are referred to the recommended Text " A Writer's Resource" or the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and assessments.  It is your responsibility to cover any missed materials.   Presentations or exams missed without sufficient documented reason, will result in a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).

The student must attain a combined grade of at least 50% on the term work and the final exam to pass the course.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:

It is assumed students have, and can apply, the knowledge from ECD100.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

25% - Observations Assignment (Part A -10% - Part B - 10% - 5% brief report on how to support / enhance child development)
15% -  Research Paper Assignment
10% - Brigance
20% Quizzes (4x5%=20% (4 best marks our of five quizzes)
30% - Final Exam


Approved by: Sandra Noble