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Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2021
Units: 0
Hours: 2 lecture per week (24 total per quarter)
Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in a Child Development (CHLD) course.
Degree & Credit Status: Non-Degree-Applicable Non-Credit Course
Basic Skills, 3 Levels Below Transfer
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: None
Grade Type: Non-Credit Course (Receives no Grade)
Repeatability: Unlimited Repeatability

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Listen to a short oral presentation on child development and take notes on the most important information
  • Prepare and deliver an oral presentation on a child development topic


Develops basic written and oral communications skills needed for success in credit-level child development courses. Emphasis on practice of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills necessary in a typical credit-level child development course. Skills will be taught within the context of common child development topics such as age-appropriate development and behavioral issues. Intended for students in the child development program who need assistance gaining college level skills.

Course Objectives

The students will be able to:
A. Demonstrate listening skills necessary to understand the instructor and other students and take notes in class
B. Use child development vocabulary, both orally and in writing
C. Prepare and deliver an oral presentation on a child development topic
D. Participate in class discussions on child development topics
E. Read college-level child development textbooks for understanding
F. Employ study skills in preparation for tests (which may include online companion tutoring)
G. Demonstrate writing skills to successfully complete assignments
H. Utilize the internet and library to research child development topics

Course Content

A. Listening and note-taking skills
B. Child development vocabulary
1. Temperament; Multiple Intelligences; musical, bodily kinesthetic, logical/mathematical, linguistic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalist
2. Domains of development: physical, cognitive, social, emotional
3. Learning outcomes
4. Authentic assessment vs. formal assessment
5. Characteristics of play; stages of play, social and cognitive
6. Learning environments/centers
7. Zone of proximal development
8. Developmentally appropriate practices
9. Best practices, narrative observation, structured observation (partial list)
C. Oral presentation skills
D. Discussion roles and skills
1. Discussion leader
2. Summarizer
3. Reporter
4. Asking for clarification, information, assistance
E. Reading strategies for vocabulary development
1. Skimming
2. Scanning
3. Reading for main idea
F. Test preparation
1. Study guide skills
2. Practice tests using online companion
G. Writing skills including grammar
H. Research skills
1. Library skills
2. Internet skills

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment


Method(s) of Evaluation

Using the library/internet to find resources
Working in a group, research a philosophy such as Montessori, play-based, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf, High/Scope, Head Start, RIE Infant/Toddler, or academic-based
Visit a site using the philosophy and compare and contrast what you learned
Present research findings to the class
Complete 2-3 projects (e.g., a research project, a children's book review for developmental appropriateness, teacher interview, scavenger hunt at a site to determine materials needed for children, and/or learning center project where student develops a poster demonstrating what children learn in a particular center)
Complete quizzes, answering questions about the readings from the book, using targeted vocabulary in sentences and/or completing dictation
Present projects both written and orally demonstrating knowledge of subject within the context of child development

Method(s) of Instruction

Cooperative learning exercises
Oral presentations

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Textbooks used in the CHLD courses such as:
1. Berger, Kathleen Stassen. The Developing Person through the Lifespan. Worth Publishers, 2017.
2. Feeney, Stephanie, et al. Who Am I in the Lives of Children?: an Introduction to Early Childhood Education. Pearson Education, Inc., 2019.
3. Gonzalez-Mena, Janet. The Young Child in the Family and the Community. Prentice Hall, 2006.

Textbooks used for ESL instruction:
1. Brems, Marianne, et al. English for Child Care: Language Skills for Parents and Providers. Sunburst Media, 2018.

Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Interview a teacher and write a paper discussing how they began their career and what you learned from them.
B. Research and write a paper on different philosophies of child development.
C. Prepare answers from study guides in preparation for quizzes, midterm, and/or final.


English as a Second Language (ESL): Noncredit