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Child Development Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


CHD 101 - Principles of Educational Practice (3, 3)

An introduction to methods, procedures, laws, and competing social demands found in an educational setting. Emphasis will be on curriculum, program planning, role of teacher aide, techniques of classroom management and individualized instruction and school organizations.

CHD 103 - Introduction to the Nanny Profession (3, 3)

Introduces the student to the in-home day care profession. Content includes the principles and practices of in-home day care, strategies for the development of professional and interpersonal skills, and the identification and application of developmentally appropriate learning and play activities for young children. Standards for DCFS licensing for in-home day care are also discussed.

CHD 104 - Child Growth and Development  (IAI: ECE 912, IAI: EED 902) (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

A study of the physical, psychological, social and intellectual growth of the child with emphasis on prenatal, infancy, early childhood, latency and adolescence periods. Theory and practice will be combined to provide a varied experience.

CHD 105 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3, 3)

An overview of the methods and procedures used in early childhood programs, dealing with curriculum, program planning, role of the teacher and teacher aide, use of materials and equipment, techniques of classroom management, and meeting the needs of individual children.

CHD 106 - Cultural Arts for Young Children (3, 3)

An analysis of methods for integrating art, recreation and creative dramatics into the early childhood education curriculum. Methods for teaching skills and developing appreciation of the fine arts.

CHD 107 - Music for Early Childhood (3, 3)

Designed for those who work with young children. Emphasis on appropriate early childhood song materials and music activities.

CHD 108 - Child Health, Safety and Nutrition (3, 3)

This course examines principles and practices of health, safety and nutrition for the young child, and explores their effect upon observable behaviors and areas of child development. Methods and materials for proper nutrition, feeding habits, clothing habits, sound health and hygiene habits, identification of childhood diseases and preventive techniques, exploration of positive mental health strategies, and identification of a safe and challenging learning and play environment are included. This course also leads to First Aid and CPR certification.

CHD 202 - Language Arts for Young Children (3, 3)

Overview of language skills and activities to encourage language development for young children in areas of listening, speaking, prewriting and pre-reading. Childrens literature is introduced. Recent trends and practice are presented. Practical application for using language skills with children is provided.

CHD 203 - The Exceptional Child  (IAI: ECE 913) (3, )

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

This course provides an overview of children with exceptional cognitive, physical, social and emotional characteristics; analyzes the developmental and educational needs imposed by exceptionality; identifies intervention strategies, methods and programs designed to meet their needs. Current issues, including educational implications related to special needs children, birth through age 21, and their families are explored. Study of applicable Federal and State laws and requirements.

CHD 204 - Home Child Care Provider (3, 3)

This course examines the role of the home child care provider as a valuable member of the early childhood profession. The various legal and ethical rights and responsibilities of the home child care provider when working with children, families and the community are discussed. In addition, an overview of normal development for infants and young children and how it relates to effective group management and the planning of a safe and healthy environment are covered.

CHD 205 - The Culturally Different Child (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Explores the social, economic, legal and psychological factors impacting individuals who are culturally different from mainstream society, as these influence the educational process and system.

CHD 206 - Family and Community Involvement in Exceptionality (3, 3)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.

Examines the techniques of working with parents and community organizations serving exceptional populations. Explores the process of networking between family, school and social agencies to best meet the needs of individual clients.

CHD 207 - Infant and Toddler Care (3, 3)

Studies patterns of growth and development of children from birth to age three; examines needs of infants and toddlers in various child care settings; develops skills in managing a safe environment and planning stimulating age-appropriate activities.

CHD 208 - Techniques of Child Care (3, 3)

An analysis of methods, materials and program planning in a child care setting. Exploring and creating curricular projects, appropriate to a child care setting. Classroom management and techniques for controlling, instructing and socializing with the small child.

CHD 209 - Classroom Management (3, 3)

Prerequisite: CHD 101 or approval by coordinator

A study of classroom management techniques and principles. Addresses behavior problems, discipline, individual differences, communicating and listening skills, and the building of a positive self-concept.

CHD 211 - Internship I  (IAI: EED 904, IAI: SPE 914) (3, 11)

A college transfer course; consult the Transfer Center for more details.
Prerequisite: Approval of program coordinator

One hundred forty-four hours of supervised teacher aide work experience in a local school; plus 16 hours of seminar pre-equivalent work coordinated with students in other internship settings. The problems, skills, etc., of teacher aides are explored. One class hour and nine work experience hours per week.

CHD 212 - Internship II (3, 11)

Prerequisite: CHD 211 or approval of program coordinator

One hundred forty-four hours of supervised teacher aide work experience in a local school, plus 16 hours of seminar work coordinated with students in other internship settings. The problems, skills, etc., of teacher aides are explored. One class hour and nine work experience hours per week.

CHD 215 - Administration and Supervision of Child Care Centers (3, 3)

This course is designed for students in child care as well as experienced teachers in this area who wish to improve their skills in administering a child care facility. Program planning, principles of supervision, use of staff, facilities management and program evaluation are stressed. Community resources and in-service training of personnel are also included

For additional information contact: Donna Walker, Teacher Aid/Child Development Program Coordinator at 708-596-2000 ext. 2355.

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