ECE I Syllabus

Program Concentration:    Education Career Pathway:                

Course Title:                      Early Childhood Education I

Course Number:                20.52810

School:                             Social Circle High School

Instructor:                          Janice Garrett
E-mail address:        
Phone Number:                  770-464-2611
Room Number:                   1156


Course Description: The Early Childhood Education I course is the foundational course under the Early Childhood Care & Education pathway and prepares the student for employment in early childhood education and services. The course addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors associated with supporting and promoting optimal growth and development of infants and children. The pre-requisite for this course is advisor approval.  

Course Standards:

  1. Demonstrate employability skills required by business and industry.
  2. Examine how related student organizations are integral parts of career and technology education courses through leadership development, school and community service projects, and competitive events.
  3. Analyze career paths within early childhood education and care.
  4. Identify the role of professionalism in early childhood care and education.
  5. Examine the theories of human development.
  6. Explore prenatal development and the growth, development, care for the infant.
  7. Explore the growth, development, and care for the toddler.
  8. Explore the growth, development, and care for the preschool child.
  9. Survey the growth and development of the school age child, 6-12 years of age. \
  10. Identify techniques for positive collaborative relationships with children.
  11. Determine components of a well-organized, developmentally appropriate learning environment.
  12. Examine program management and curriculum in early childhood education and care.
  13. Incorporate diversity throughout early childhood education and care.

In the early childhood education field, this classroom and in life,  integrity is essential.  If you have integrity this means that you do the right things at the right times, even when no one is looking.   It means that you are kind to others, helpful and can be trusted.  We will discuss the importance of  having integrity throughout this course.  

Texts: Child Development by Celia Anita Decker

           Working with Young Children by Judy Herr

Textbooks will be used as classroom resources and will not be issued to individual students. Should a student feel the need to use a textbook outside of class time, one may be checked out on a daily basis.

Supplementary Materials: Videos, Workbooks, magazines, newspapers, library resources, computer and internet sources, guest speakers.

Necessary Supplies and Equipment: The following supplies are needed to complete and organize a portfolio.  This portfolio will not only be used this year, but also during the second and third year of the Early Childhood Education pathway. 

  1. 2 or 2 ½ inch white or black clear view binder with notebook paper.  Binders will be kept in the ECE room at all times. 
  2. Blue and black pens
  3. Pencils
  4. Lots of energy and enthusiasm 

Supplies should be brought to class as soon as possible (portfolio construction will begin immediately). Should any other supplies be needed, ample time will be given to obtain them.

Mrs. Garrett’s Supply Wish List (but not required)
1.  Kleenex
         2.  Comic section  from  the newspaper
         3.  Magazines that would have pictures of babies/children in them. (even if the pictures are advertisements)
              Examples—Parents Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, Family Circle, etc.
         4.  Craft Supplies such as:  buttons, pipe cleaners, felt, craft sticks etc. 
         5.  Disinfecting wipes or Baby Wipes

Assessments/Grading Procedures: All graded assignments will fall into one of the five categories below:

  • Formative Assessments: 30%
  • Summative Assessments: 40%
  • Mid Term:  10%
  • Final Exam: 20%

Course Expectations and Portfolios:

There will be bell to bell instruction or activities in the ECE classroom.   Students are expected to be on time and on task at all times. Successful students stay on task, participate fully and keep organized portfolios    Many assignments will be completed with paper, and pencil/pen,  and either placed in the portfolio or turned in for grading.   Some assignments will be completed in Google Classroom and submitted for grading.   Once Mrs. Garrett returns a hard copy graded assignment, you should file that assignment in the correct location in your portfolio.  Punch holes in papers when needed.   Organization is very important!   Your portfolio (binder) should be left in the ECE room at all times.   Your class will have a designated location to store  portfolios.  

Late Work: 

For 100 percent credit, all work is due by the date set by Mrs. Garrett.  Students may receive partial credit for late work turned in by Friday of the week the work was due.   

Missed Work due to student absence:
Students will be allowed to complete work missed due to absence.  It is the student's responsibility to ask for the missed work before or after class and complete the missed work within 3 days of returning to school.  0's will be given for work not completed within 3 days of the student's return to school.     

Extra Help:
If a student needs extra help on an assignment or if a student needs help due to being absent, the student should schedule a time to stay after school.  

Classroom Management Policies:

Students should:
Enter classroom quietly, gather portfolio from shelf & be seated by the time the tardy bell.  

  • Check board for start-up activity, begin previously assigned work or be ready to start class as soon as soon as the bell rings.
  • Show respect for others, oneself and property…
    • Show respect to all visitors in our classroom.
    • Listen in class at all times, even when your classmates ask questions.
    • If you do not have something nice to say, do not say it at all.
    • Refrain from saying shut-up, stupid, I can’t and profane words. 
    • Abusive language or actions will not be tolerated.
  • Clean up thoroughly each day. 
  • Put up at the end of class when directed by instructor, not before.  
  • Remain in seat until the bell rings.
  • Repair hair and make-up in the restroom, not in the classroom.  
  • All food and drinks should be kept away in this classroom. The only food consumed in this classroom should have been prepared in this classroom or planned as part of the curriculum.
  • Follow all school rules and incidental rules dealing with class activities.
  • Use computers only with the instructor’s permission and only for ECE assignments.
  • Enter kitchens only when given a task in that area.
  • Preschool bathrooms are not for high school students’ use. Use the restroom between classes.
  • Hall passes must be used at all times when leaving the classroom and only one student at a time.
  • Working on class work or homework from other classes is not allowed in ECE.  It may be taken up and not returned.
  • Copying other students' work should not happen.  All work will be collected and not returned. If it is another teacher’s work, that teacher will be notified of the academic dishonesty. If it is my work, both students will receive zeroes for the grade.
  • Phones should remain out of sight and not be used in class.  Phones that are in sight will be taken up.
  • All work should be completed in blue or black ink or pencil.  However, you should use a red ink pen for making corrections on assignments. 
  • Follow the school dress code. 


Class Rules 
 1.  Respect Everyone
 2.  Follow directions the first time they are given.

Consequences  for Not Following the Rules  (minor issues)
1.  Warning
2.  ISD 
3.  Phone Call Home
4.  Office referral

*I may call home at any point if I feel it is necessary.
*Incidences of a serious nature and/or that cause a complete class disturbance, may result in an immediate office referral.

The instructor reserves the right to alter any part of this course syllabus to better serve the students.




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This syllabus should be read and signed  by the student and parent/guardian by Friday, August 13th.  A hard copy of the syllabus will be given out in class for the student and parent/guardian to sign.  Students will receive a grade for completing this task on time.