ECD709 - Advocacy and Professionalism in ECE

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Subject Title
Advocacy and Professionalism in ECE

Subject Description
Students examine historical, political, professional, and social issues affecting early childhood administration practice in current Early Learning programs. Students review professional responsibilities and practices of ECE supervisors and administrators and analyze them within recognized best management practices. Students review strategies characterizing advocacy roles and responsibilities for ECE supervisors that reflect an in-depth understanding of early childhood education and ethical practices within the context of a self-regulated profession. Additionally students develop strategies for personal and professional development growth in a management capacity. Through discussions, posting/presentations, case studies, readings, assignments and practical applications, students have the opportunity to practice and utilize advocacy and professional skills including analysis and reflective practices.

Credit Status
One credit in Early Childhood Education Administration Graduate Certificate Program.

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

1. Discuss the impact of personal values on professional practices.

2. Participate in class debates surrounding relevant child care issues.

3. Define, by example, the importance of professionalism in current child care issues.

4. Attend and report on a professional organization meeting.

5. Understand, plan and facilitate a public education project.

6. Research and write articles pertaining to current child care issues.

7. Study the societal values, ethics and professional support systems in the child care field.

8. Debate the various models of child care provision and their role in the field of child care.

9. Report on a political interpretation of a relevant childcare issue.

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.

Student must have an Early Childhood Education Diploma or its equivalency and attend at a mandatory orientation session 

Topic Outline
Professionalism in ECE Advocacy
Professional Practices
Political Issues
Bias-Free Approach to Services
Child Poverty/Child Abuse
Marketing Skills
Various Models of Child Care
Parental Involvement
The Ecker's Report
Class Presentation on Professionalism
The Need for Child Care in Ontario
ELECT / Occupational Standards

Mode of Instruction
Lectures, group discussions, debates, attendance at meetings, guest speakers.

Prescribed Texts

Online Texts and Resources:
Occupational Standards for Child Care Administrators, Child Care Human Resources Sector Council, Ottawa. Available from

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

Management of Child Development Centres, 8th Edition; P.F. Hearron and V. Hildebrand; Publisher: Pearson Education Canada; ISBN # 978-0-13-383094-1

College of ECE: Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice

Inclass Texts and Resources:
Healthy Foundations in Early Childhood Settings, 5th edition, 2009;
By B. Pimento and D. Kernested, Nelson Publishing, ISBN# 9780176509569

Administering for Quality: Leading Canadian Early Childhood Programs, 5th edition;
By Karen Chandler; Publisher: Pearson Education,   ISBN # 9780133119749

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

Reference Material
Recommended Texts:

A Writer's Resource, 2nd edition
By Maimon, Peritz, Rubens, McGraw Hill, ISBN#007078043-9

Making a Difference; Toronto Child Abuse Centre

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 following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style): Sources/mla_guide.html

Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes and assessments (online - participate in all learning activities).   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:

In class Evaluations:

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

          10% - Prepare and present a parent 'Bulletin board" with information on a current  childcare         issue.
          10% - Attend a meeting from one of the specified organizations and report on the proceedings.
          25% - Prepare and write a 500 word essay on an informed position of a childcare issue
          30% - Final Examination
          25% - Prepare a 1 hour training session/workshop for staff on an area of professional               development.  Resourses, agenda and presentation of part of the training session must be included.

Online Evaluations:
100 % Presentations and Group work


Approved by: Sandra Noble