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OER for Prof. Yoon-Joo Lee

Course Description

Syllabus Description: Special programs, modifications of curriculum in the content areas, teaching strategies and approaches designed to meet the individual and group needs of culturally and linguistically diverse young children with special needs including giftedness, across the developmental spectrum in early education settings.  Focus on family, community, and interagency partnerships; appropriate use of technology, including assistive technology, multiple assessment strategies.


Professor: Yoon-Joo Lee
Course Day: Tuesdays
Course Time: 6:05pm - 8:35pm
Location: Online / Distance Education

Important Dates

Day and Date Activity
Friday, January 29th Spring 2021 classes begin.
Thursday, February 4th Last day to add a class for the Spring 2021 semester.
Tuesday, February 9th Last day to submit a Pass/Fail application online for Spring 2021.
Friday, February 12th College Closed
Monday, February 15th College Closed
Wednesday, February 17th Last day to apply for Spring 2021 / June 1, 2021 Graduation.
Monday, March 15th Last day to apply for Summer 2021 / September 1, 2021 Graduation.
Saturday, March 27th Spring Recess Begins


Course Goals and Objectives

Course Objectives Aligned with CEC, NAEYC standards & SOE Conceptual Framework

As a result of taking this course, students will

  1. Understand the historical, philosophical, and legal basis of services for young children both with and without special needs and identify current trends and ethical and political issues in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education. (CEC EC K6.1~K6.2; SOE-Reflective practice)
  2. Understand infants and young children develop and learn at varying rates (CEC 1.2 [EC K1.7; S1.2])
  3. Become familiar with the national, state and local curricula standards and scope and sequence of general/special curricular. (CEC 3.3 [EC K3.1~K3.3; S3.2, 3.4])
  4. Develop, implement, and evaluate learning experiences and strategies that respect the diversity of infants and young children, and their families (CEC 1.1 [EC K1.3, S1.1]; NAEYC-S2;SOE-Diversity)
  5. Pan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate curricula, instruction, and adaptations based on knowledge of individual children, the family, and the community (CEC 3.2 [EC S3.2, S3.4];  NAEYC-S2)
  6. Facilitate child-initiated development and learning. (CEC EC K3.2; NAEYC-S4)
  7. Embed learning opportunities in everyday routines, relationships, activities, and places (CEC EC S2.3;   NAEYC-S4)
  8. Implement, monitor and evaluate Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP). (CEC EC S5.1-S5.13; NAEYC-S4)
  9. Assess progress in the five developmental domains, play, and temperament (CEC EC S4.3; NAEYC-S3)
  10. Conduct ongoing formative child, family, and setting assessments to monitor instructional effectiveness (CEC EC S4.3~4.11; NAEYC-S3)
  11. Apply evidence-based and recommended practices for infants and young children including those from diverse backgrounds (CEC EC S6.5; NAEYC-S5)
  12. Collaborate with caregivers, professionals, and agencies to support children’s development and learning (CEC S7.2; NAEYC-S5)
  13. Support families’ choices and priorities in the development of goals and intervention strategies  (CEC S7.3; NAEYC-S5)
  14. Implement family-oriented services based on the family’s identified resources, priorities, and concerns  (CEC S7.4; NAEYC-S5)

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