ERS102 - Adapting Curriculum Practices

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Subject Title
Adapting Curriculum Practices

Subject Description
Students are introduced to the Family Service Plan as the consultation platform that integrates perspectives from families, early learning educators, health professionals and community services providers in order to adapt and modify curriculum practices. Students examine early learning environments and create a plan that recommends strategies, adaptations and modifications that promote the benefits of inclusive learning for children with special needs. In addition, students develop a proposal of how they plan to communicate this information to the full Family Service Team. This course highlights the importance of working in consultation with the whole team in order to support children. 

Credit Status
One credit in the ECE Resource Consulting graduate certificate. 

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

1. Describe roles and assess contributions of the Family Service Team to integrate diverse perspectives and scope of practice.
2. Assess the components of the Family Service Plan and its value as an integrated consultation platform supporting children with diverse abilities. 
3. Evaluate the impact of early learning environments and curriculum design strategies for their ability to build childrens' strengths and interests and promote the inclusive learning of children living with diverse abilities.
4. Determine proactive and realistic strategies for communicating and promoting recommendations for program adaptations and modifications to the Family Service Team.

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.

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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.

Accepted into the ECE Resource Consulting graduate certificate.

Mode of Instruction
Online facilitation and interaction. 

Prescribed Texts
Cook, R., Klein, M.D. and Chen, D. (2015) Adapting Early Childhood Curricula for Children with Special Needs. 8th ed. Pearson. ISBN: 978-0134019413

Guide to Early Learning and Child Care in Ontario. (2016). Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care.

Fox, L. Carta, J., Strain, P.S., Dunlap, G., and Hemmeter, M.L. (2010). Response to Intervention and the Pyramid Model. (PDF available for download)

Hutinger, P.L. (1996). Computer Applications in Programs for Young Children with Disabilities. (PDF available for download)

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
Reflection Paper (15%)
Tests (40%)
Discussion Question (10%)
Case Study (35%)

Approved by: Sandra Noble