EC 236 - Social/Emotional Development & Guidance
3 Semester Hour Credits
Course Description: This course involves the study of classroom management, motivation, building self-esteem, positive discipline strategies, and social and emotional development in children. Topics include approaches to guiding children's behavior, managing the environment, rules and limits, problem behaviors, appreciating oneself and others, dealing with separation, providing appropriate support for children, preventing child abuse, promoting success with appropriate materials and activities, interacting through play, and developing friendships. Students develop a personal philosophy of child guidance.
Schedule: Fall and spring semesters. This course follows the traditional on-campus calendar for beginning and ending dates.
Delivery Method: Online. Students are not expected to come to the campus at any time.
Prerequisite Courses: None.
Instructor: Tanya Mooney; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Textbook: Book Information through the DCB Bookstore.
Other Materials: Provided in course.
Course Objectives: It is expected that students will be able to:
- Learn to promote children's self-awareness and self-esteem through verbal and nonverbal communication.
- Identify and describe factors that contribute to aggressive behavior in children and strategies that help reduce children's aggressive behavior and give them alternative ways to cope with aggression.
- Identify and describe children's physical, psychological, and behavioral reactions to stress and identify strategies for helping children cope effectively with stress.
- Identify and describe ways to help children develop positive peer relationships and friendships and identify teaching strategies that foster children's development of interpersonal skills.
- Recognize signs of emotional distress, child abuse, domestic violence, and neglect in young children and know responsibility and procedures for reporting suspected abuse or neglect to appropriate authorities.
- Use individual and group guidance and problem solving techniques to develop positive and supportive relationships among children.
- Learn to provide cooperative learning activities to encourage positive social interaction among children, to promote positive strategies of conflict resolution, and to develop personal self-control, self-motivation, and self-esteem.
- Identify the principles of child guidance based on the developmental characteristics of young children.
- Identify positive guidance strategies for children and for groups of children.
- Students will understand and demonstrate how effective teachers arrange the classroom and schedule in order to promote positive social and emotional growth.
- Recognize characteristics of a healthy environment that promotes social/emotional development.
- Identify the importance of family-school partnership in child guidance.
- Demonstrate an increase in understanding of cultural influences on child behavior - both typical and atypical, as evidenced by classroom discussion.
- Use reflective observation to develop their own personal philosophy of child guidance.
- Assignments are expected to be on time, free of errors, and of college quality.
- Students will participate and remain active throughout the course.
- Students must log in to course at least three times a week.
- Child observations are an essential part of this class and will be delivered within the course via video clips of real-life classrooms.
- Written assignments must be written free of errors and at the college level.
Exams - Policies & Procedures: There is a total of two exams. Students must successfully complete graded assessments of learning, and submit a report that states one's personal philosophy of guidance and describes how this philosophy will influence one's interactions with children.
- All exams are timed and have to be taken in the sequence presented
- Exams cannot be retaken
- Exams are taken online and should be completed in a quiet environment
- Once started, the exam must be finished.#Exams are from 1-2 hours long
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