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Distance Education · Humanities · Child Dev/Early Chld - CDEC

Administration of Program/Children I
CDEC-2326

  • Fall 2021
  • Section N01 CRN-22167
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/30/2021 to 12/16/2021
  • Modified 08/26/2021

Meeting Times

This course is online and students will have access to course information, notes, lectures, videos, activities, projects, etc. at all times through Blinn's eCampus: https://ecampusd2l.blinn.edu. This course is NOT self-paced though-modules will open and close according to the course calendar in Concourse and eCampus.

Contact Information

Instructor: Erica Ritter
Office Location: B102
Phone: (785) 840-6190
Office Hours: I am available for scheduled meetings in person or virtually. I will answer e-mail within 48 hours Monday-Friday. I am happy to meet with you if you are have any questions or concerns. Just text or email me to make an appointment!

Description

3 lecture hours per week and 1 external hour per week; 64 total contact hours. Credit: 3 semester hours

Application of management procedures for early care and education programs. Includes planning, operating, supervising, and evaluating programs. Topics cover philosophy, types of programs, policies, fiscal management, regulations, staffing, evaluation, and communication.

Requisites

Prerequisites: Six hours of child development course work or program coordinator approval.

Corequisites:  None

Core Curriculum Statement

This course is not a core curriculum course.

Outcomes

1.  Develop an initial operational plan including an operational philosophy for an early care/education program.

2.  Identify the functions of an administrator.

3. Identify and analyze the supervisory functions of an administrator, including policies, fiscal management, state regulations and staffing of early care and educational programs.

4. Summarize the evaluation functions within an early care and education program

5. Identify and analyze appropriate methods of effective communication from the standpoint of administrators in early care and educational programs.

Materials

The following materials are required at each campus location:

Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs (11th Edition) by Nancy K. Freeman

Technology

You must have access to a working computer and internet access in this course to complete the assignments-this can be your personal computer or you can take advantage of computers and internet access in the learning centers, libraries and computer labs on the various campuses.  For HonorLock Test Proctoring-students must have access to a computer, webcam, and microphone. These items are available in the Learning Center and computer labs. 

Academic Integrity--Online Resources

http://www.blinn.edu/library/help/tutorials.htm#PLAG

http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/resources/preventing-plagiarism/

 

Course Requirements

A major component of each early childhood/child development class at Blinn College is the field experience. The field experience requires students to participate in 16 hours of observations and activities that reflect the learning objectives of each course. A grade for the field experience will include completion of the assigned 16 hours of observations and activities and completion of assignments and reflections based on those observations and activities. This experience must be conducted in a local child care facility, school or educational program. The purpose of the field experience is to provide students with approximately 1 hour of field experience with children per week for the sixteen week term.

Students in this course must submit to and pass a background check including a preliminary, notarized affidavit indicating they have no criminal (or civil) history of child abuse, neglect or endangerment in order to participate in the external learning experience and successfully complete this course.  Successful completion of the field experience includes submitting all required paperwork for this component of the course in a timely manner. Please see instructor policies regarding due dates and additional information concerning the field experience course component.

Students will not pass this course without submitting the appropriate field experience paperwork/documentation and completing the actual field experience requirement.  

Online Course Integrity

Humanities Division online instructors implement a variety of strategies to ensure scholastic integrity, including but not limited to Turnitin originality checks, Honorlock proctoring, timed testing, and/or randomized test questions. Individual instructors will provide more information.

Contact Hour Requirement

In compliance with ACGM and THECB rulings,

  • the number and type of contact hours per week are stated on the course reading and assignment schedule below; and
  • in addition to class hours, all faculty post and keep regular office hours for individual consultations.

Evaluation

 

Grading System

A

90-100%

Excellent

B

80-89%

Good

C

70-79%

Average

D

60-69%

Poor

F

Below 60%

Failing

I

Incomplete

 

Q

Dropped

 

W

Dropped for good cause or withdrew from college

 

Breakdown

Item

Total Points

Notes

Discussion

210

14 Weekly Module Discussions

Assignment

350

14 Weekly Module Assignments

Exam

80

2 Exams (Midterm & Final)

Project

200

2 Projects (Midterm & Final)

Field Experience

160

16 Weekly Module Field Experience Videos & Discussion

Total

1,000

 

 

Criteria

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
 

Instructors are expected to provide opportunities for student engagement on a daily basis including daily assignments and/or quizzes and group participation activities. Participation grades must be 10% or more of the total course grade.

 

Instructors are required to include at least two major exams (final exam may be included as one of those exams) and projects specific to the student learning outcomes for a minimum of four major grades.

 

The final exam grade must include the posttest (the posttest can be the comprehensive portion of the exam) and must be 10-30% of the overall grade for the course.

 

All child development courses must have a field experience assignments consisting of observations, activities, and/or short projects that correlate with the student learning outcomes and the sixteen hour field experience component of the course. These field experience activity grades may be averaged together and included as a major grade.

 

Key assessment specific to CDEC 2326-Students will plan and conduct a mock staff meeting during the course. This key assessment constitutes the final project for the course and will be a demonstration of the student's knowledge and understanding of the learning objectives for this course.

Blinn College Policies

All policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Blinn College CatalogBlinn College Board Policies, and the Blinn College Administrative Regulations are applicable to this course.

Specific information on civility, attendance, add/drop, scholastic integrity, students with disabilities, final grade appeal, alternative retailers, campus carry and proctoring arrangements and cost.

Notice of any action taken under these protocol and procedures, by Blinn College or its employees, may be delivered by hand, through the U.S. Postal Service, or electronically to the student’s Blinn Buc e-mail account. Notice shall be deemed received upon actual receipt, on deposit in the U.S. Mail, or upon entering the information processing system used by Blinn College for Blinn Buc e-mail accounts, whichever first occurs.

Information about the changes Blinn has made to the Fall semester: Back with Blinn.

Course Policies

Humanities Division Policies

Additional Materials Required:  Technology and Software

  • A computer (certain elements of this course cannot be completed on a phone, tablet, or Chromebook)
  • Reliable Internet access
  • Speakers, headphones, or earbuds
  • A webcam with a microphone
  • Google Chrome (download for free at https://www.google.com/chrome/)

Humanities Division Policies

Attendance and Absences: To succeed in college, students are expected to attend class regularly. Instructors will keep accurate records of student attendance, and students are responsible for contacting instructors promptly regarding necessary absences. Attendance is determined by the following College policies in conjunction with the stated instructor policy (refer to Instructor Policies below).

  • Traditional and Blended Classes: Students are expected to attend during class time, whether they are scheduled to be in the physical classroom or in the virtual classroom using Zoom. Any student who has been exposed to COVID-19, feels ill in any way, or does not feel comfortable attending class in person should notify the instructor and either attend class remotely using Zoom or receive course content in another manner.
  • Live Online Classes: In Live Online classes, students are expected to log in to eCampus and attend class using Zoom during the scheduled class time.
  • Fully Online Classes: To be counted present in fully online classes, students must not only log in to eCampus but also complete the minimum specified work by the scheduled due dates. Refer to the Instructor Policies and the Course Schedule for details.

Sometimes students may be unable to attend class at the scheduled time, especially if they are extremely ill or caring for someone who is ill. In these situations, students are responsible for communicating with their instructors in a timely manner; students also should be able to provide documentation, like a letter from a doctor, to substantiate the reasons for the absence. Blinn's health clinics are located on the Brenham, Bryan, and RELLIS Campuses and provide free health services to all current Blinn students throughout the College District, including online students: http://www.blinn.edu/health-clinic/index.html. The stated instructor policy (below) in conjunction with the College’s Attendance Policy will determine whether a given absence is excused, whether a student is allowed to make up any missed work, and what the student should do to continue to make progress in the class.

Dropping the Class: Students who want to drop a class are responsible for dropping themselves. Students can drop a class by clicking the Add/Drop button in myBlinn. Students who need to withdraw from a class for medical reasons or military service should contact Blinn’s Enrollment Services (979-830-4800). More information about dropping can be found in the College Catalog. Important drop dates for each part of term can be found on the Academic Calendar in myBlinn.

Face Masks: In accordance with CDC guidance, Blinn encourages but does not require face masks on campus.

Health and Safety: To support the health and safety of everyone on campus, please refer to the link for Back with Blinn the Blinn College website.  http://www.blinn.edu/back-with-blinn/index.html

Students and faculty must self-certify that they do not have COVID, do not have COVID symptoms, and have not been exposed to COVID.  

If students feel ill, they will be asked to seek medical assistance. If it is an emergency, they must call 911.  If students are ill, they must stay at home and email the instructor that they will not be in class because they are not cleared for campus access. Students who are not cleared to come to campus may still participate remotely in courses with that capability.

Blinn has campus health clinics on its Brenham, Bryan, and RELLIS campuses. For hours and locations, please visit www.blinn.edu/health-clinic/hours-and-locations.html. For more information about scheduling an appointment with a campus health clinic, please see www.blinn.edu/health-clinic/pdf/health-clinics-campus-clear.pdf

Any closures, changes in class meeting locations, and other information about health and safety will be announced via email by the instructor or the College.  Students should check eCampus and their Buc email accounts regularly for updates. 

Papers: Instructors may still elect to distribute and collect papers virtually via eCampus. The course syllabus as well as instructions, prompts, and other course materials will continue to be posted on eCampus for students to access. Students in all classes will submit all major writing assignments to a Turnitin-enabled dropbox through eCampus. All other assignments must be submitted online according to the instructor’s requirements.  Please consult your instructor’s course policies for further clarification about turning in work.

Proctoring Requirements: In order to maintain high academic standards, Blinn College requires that a minimum of one major assignment worth at least 10% of the total course grade must be proctored. Additional proctoring for exams, quizzes, and other major assignments will be determined by the instructor.

Honorlock uses AI technology to monitor your testing session. Blinn College pays for access to Honorlock, so there is no direct cost to students at exam time. Students must have a reliable high-speed internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone (if the webcam does not have one); students also must use Google Chrome to take the exam. Click here for an overview of Honorlock.

Student Email Accounts: Blinn College assigns every student an email account to facilitate official College correspondence. Students need to check their Blinn accounts regularly for important communications, including excessive absence reports and emergency announcements.

Textbooks: The assigned textbooks are essential for learning, especially in classes focusing on the study of the written word. Students need the books from the very beginning of the semester. Students in online classes are expected to acquire and use the textbook assigned by the course instructor.

The Writing Center: Blinn’s Writing Center (https://www.blinn.edu/writing-centers/index.html) provides free professional online tutoring for students in all courses at Blinn College. Tutors help students correct specific writing weaknesses so they can feel confident in their writing, succeed in their classes, and work toward educational and career goals. Students can request live tutoring by clicking the Upswing link in eCampus, or students can request feedback on their essays by going to https://bucblinn.sharepoint.com/sites/WritingCenterHelpDesk and clicking the typewriter icon. For additional help or more information about Blinn’s Writing Center, please email [email protected], call (979) 209-7591, or stop by room ACAD 9 on the Brenham Campus and A 118 on the Bryan Campus.

 

Instructor Course Policies

This course is designed for those who are preparing for a career in chid care administration. This course requires that students demonstrate a general understanding of early childhood education. Students are expected to participate in classroom discussions and complete all assignments. Students will take two major exams (midterm and final) and complete two projects that will be used to assess student’s mastery of course content.  Students will also be involved in field based experiences which will be assessed through video and discussion postings to document field experience hours.

Attendance

Attendance will be tracked for this online class.  If you do not reply at least once to the weekly discussion board (Monday-Sunday), you will be counted as absent. The second recorded absence (no activity for two nonconsecutive or consecutive weeks) will result in being dropped from the class.

Grading 

Exam scores are available immediately on submission unless the test had short answer or fill in the blank answers. Those exam scores will be available the week following the exam due date.

All other grading activities such as assignments and discussions will be graded during the week following the due date unless otherwise stated.

All activities must be turned in during the designated time frame for credit. Late assignments may be submitted if permission is granted by the instructor. However, the point value of the assignment will begin at 50% of the original value. For example, if the assignment is worth 100 points, and it is submitted late, with the approval of the instructor, the grading will begin at 50 points. This penalty may be waived if you have communicated with me, and I have given you permission to turn in a project or assignment at a later date. Please plan accordingly to be able to complete the assignments. Notify instructor immediately of any technical issues.  **The course calendar in eCampus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

All exams will be given in class, testing center, or online. Major exams will be located in Module 8 (Midterm) and Module 16 (Final). Please do not miss the deadline for exams.

No major exams involve a group effort. However, it should be noted that you are allowed to use your book and notes to take an exam

A student who misses a major or final examination may ask the instructor for permission to make up the examination. If the instructor determines that the student absence is unexcused, the instructor may refuse a make-up examination. If a student is absent for a religious holy day or while officially representing the College, for example as a college club member and/or as a participant in a choral, band, or athletic event, the student will be permitted to make up the examination in the original format.  Major examinations are to be made up at a time both fair and reasonable for all parties. Final examinations must be made up within a reasonable time to allow the instructor to submit their final grade(s) on the day and time defined by the Admissions and Records Office. If a student cannot complete the final examination in that time frame, an Incomplete (I) may be considered as an option upon the discretion of the instructor: consult further the Incomplete Policy in the Blinn Bulletin.  Arrangements for additional make-up exams due to extenuating circumstances will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Please contact the instructor as soon as possible for rescheduling an exam.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to schedule a make-up test in a timely manner. 

Makeup exams (except those of students who are observing a religious holy day and/or officially representing the college-see above) may be in essay format and/or contain different questions than the original exams.

Adding / Dropping Courses

Dropping Courses:  

It is the responsibility of the student to officially drop or withdraw from a course unless you choose to be dropped for absences. Failure to drop/withdraw from the course may result in a grade of "F" for the course. A grade of "Q" or "W" will be given for student-initiated withdrawals that are submitted on or before the withdrawal deadline.

Important Definitions: A grade of "Q" is recorded for a student-initiated drop that will be counted towards the six (6) drop rule. A grade of "W" is recorded for a student-initiated drop that indicates a "good cause" drop/withdrawal and does not count towards the 6 drop rule.

Students may drop classes in one of the following ways:

Using myBlinn

My Records tab

Add or Drop Classes link

Enrollment Services – Due to one of the reasons below.

     Severe illness Care for a sick, injured, or needy person

     Death of a close relative/relation

     Military duty Military duty of a close relative/relation

     Change in work schedule

Dropping ALL classes can be done online and will result in a final grade of "W".

Blinn College Catalog:  http://www.blinn.edu/CatalogPDF/index.htm

Incomplete Grade

A grade of I indicates that the course work was incomplete due to illness or other emergency and may be adjusted to the appropriate grade upon completion of the work required by the instructor. An incomplete will only be awarded if a substantial amount of work has already been completed in the course. In order to receive an incomplete in a course, a course completion contract must be signed by the student, instructor, and dean or assistant dean.  All work must be made up within 90 days of signing the course completion contract, or zeroes will be assigned for the uncompleted work.  A grade of I will become an F at the close of the time period defined by the incomplete contract. The grade of W indicates that the student withdrew before the official withdrawal date as set forth in this catalog. WP and WF indicate the student withdrew passing or failing respectively.

 

Schedule

Week

Dates

Week 1 Meeting Details

Weekly Contact Hours

1

08/30/2021-09/05/2021

To Complete:

*Read syllabus

*Read Ch. 1

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

2

09/06/2021-09/12/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 1

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

3

09/13/2021-09/19/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 1

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

4

09/20/2021-09/26/2021

To Complete:

Review Ch. 1

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

5

09/27/2021-10/03/2021

To Complete:

*Read Ch. 2

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

6

10/04/2021-10/10/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 2

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

7

10/11/2021-10/17/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 2

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

8

10/18/2021-10/24/2021

To Complete:

*Midterm project

*Take midterm exam

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

9

10/25/2021-10/31/2021

To Complete:

*Read Ch. 3

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

10

11/01/2021-11/07/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 3

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

11

11/08/2021-11/14/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 3

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

12

11/15/2021-11/21/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 3

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

13

11/22/2021-11/28/2021

To Complete:

*Read Ch. 4

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

14

11/29/2021-12/05/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 4

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

15

12/06/2021-12/12/2021

To Complete:

*Review Ch. 4

*Reply to discussion and at least two peers

*Assignment

*Field Experience video & discussion

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

16

12/10/2021-12/15/2021

To Complete:

*Final project

*Take final exam

*Field Experience video & discussion

 

3 hours + 1 field experience hour = 4 contact hours

Total Hours

 

 

48 hours + 16 field experience hours = 64 contact hours