Here is a list of the courses we offer classes at Theoria for Childhood Development Units

 

ECE/CDA-100 Child Growth and Development (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

In this course, students explore the theories, research, and applications that are relevant to early childhood development from historical and contemporary points of view. Practical application of theories are made to help participants implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports physical, cognitive, social, and development; encompassing the prenatal period, infancy, toddlerhood, the preschool years, middle childhood and adolescence.

ECE/CDA-200 Child, Family, and Community (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

In this course, students explore how the child develops in a variety of contexts, including the family, community, and early childhood institutions. It gives the students the tools they need to become professionals who can work with both the children and parents in ways to support children in a healthy, secure, way to socialize with members of their families and eventually society. Guidance strategies are presented, as well as child-rearing strategies that parents, parent educators, and other professionals can put to immediate use.

ECE/CDA-300 Curriculum Theories, Methods, and Materials (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

In this course, students explore developing an integrated approach to curriculum and instruction in the early years. Students will address all aspects of classroom life, including the roles of children and adults; the physical and social environments; and learning and assessing within multiple domains for children. Students will learn about practical, research-based guidelines for translating theory into best practice that accommodates age-appropriateness, individual differences, and social and cultural diversity. Students learn how to conceptualize, plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum through detailed application opportunities. ECERS – Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE/CDA-400 Infant/Toddler Development & Care (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

This course applies current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings. Students will examine essential policies, principles and practices that lead to quality care and developmentally appropriate curriculum for children birth to 36 months. Students who complete this course will be able to apply the ongoing cycle of curriculum planning to develop learning opportunities for infants and/or toddlers that reflect their understanding of developmental stages and issues. The externship allows participants to work directly in the infant care center and gain experience.  The hands-on experience of the externship gives participants the opportunity to practice by direct application of classroom learning through the development and refining of personal professional techniques for a safe and appropriate application of acquired knowledge of early childhood education and care for infants and toddlers. ITERS – Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE/CDA-500 Early Childhood Program Administration & Management (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

This course addresses the latest trends affecting the child care workforce and provides specific guidance for recruiting, hiring, and retaining quality personnel, including job descriptions and hiring practices.  The role of the Program Administrator as a mentor, coach, and instructional leader are covered, along with important business issues within the Administrator’s responsibilities, such as financial planning, and budget development and management, how to use social media effectively, program evaluation, facility planning and management for private child and infant care centers, faith-based center programs, family child care homes, and a variety of other programs including state and federal operations. Students will review governmental regulations, licensing, certifications, and accreditation. PAS – Program Administration Scale is a supplemental component of this course.

ECE/CDA-600 Preventive Health, Safety, and Nutrition with Pediatric First-Aid and CPR (3 ECE Units)

90 Clock Hours

Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours

For students pursuing a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™, this course can be applied toward the formal education requirement.

 

In this course students will demonstrate a piece of fundamental knowledge in basic skills of child health, safety and nutrition; demonstrate a basic knowledge of Title 22 requirements concerning health, safety and nutrition; plan and prepare a menu of healthy snacks and meals according to Title 22 requirements and the Food Guide Pyramid; demonstrate the capacity to develop an Emergency/ Disaster plan and Receive a Pediatric CPR and First Aid card.  *This course in-person and online learning.

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Core Early Childhood Education Classes

Early Childhood Education Elective Classes

ECE-110 Cognitive Development

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course offers a unified account of the major research findings and theories on the development of children's thinking from infancy to adolescence; and considers their practical implications. It examines the change processes through which development occurs, as well as the nature of the changes in language, perception, memory, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving that mark cognitive development.

ECE-120 Effective Strategies for Challenging Behaviors

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course contains numerous practical, indispensable tips for responding to those with challenging behaviors, building relationships with children and their families, and preventing unwanted classroom behavior.  It provides teachers with background information that enables them to understand why children behave the way they do and presents several evidence-based strategies to address their challenging behavior effectively so that teachers can select those best suited to the child and the situation.  Useful to early education students, the class emphasizes the importance of the teacher’s role in the behavior of children and encourages students and educators to reflect on their own values, feeling, and actions.  In addition to up-to-date research on culture, dual-language learning, resilience, and inclusion, this course focuses on what stress can do to children’s brain, executive function, and behavior.

ECE-210 Early Childhood Special Education

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course offers an in depth coverage of the history of early childhood education, special education, and litigation related to special education services and the importance of use of non-biased, highly effective assessments, combined with an overview and of major theories, their application, and an extended discussion of health-related contributors to disabilities (e.g., HIV, alcohol, cocaine)  related to early childhood development all combine to make this course unique in its field.  The course provides dedicated special education teachers and therapists with the tools and strategies needed to work cooperatively and effectively with other professionals.  As part of the fundamental focus of this course.

ECE-310 S.T.E.M. for Preschool

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in early childhood classrooms, through “Big Ideas” offers a way to think about the future classroom and to meet the needs of children who come to, into it, with diverse experience, knowledge, and abilities.  We change how we think about STEM for young children.  In this course we focus on big ideas-like patterns, transformation, movement, balance, and relationships-to think about content, and they integrate STEM through these big ideas, rather than linking them topically. We look at why it is important to think about thinking, introduce assessment early to help teachers plan for assessment before teaching even begins, and set up an environment that will support the construction of big ideas that integrate STEM.

ECE-320 Creating Environments for Learning

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

In this course teachers get practical help for designing play-based environments that ensure effective teaching and learning while meeting national and state standards.  The course presents basic information and environmental and curricular possibilities through numerous examples, photos, and videos that demonstrate early childhood theories, child development current research, and curriculum standards and outcomes in action.  It emphasizes the importance of considering multiple aspects including the standards and children’s interests, developmental levels, and cultural and geographic backgrounds.  The course includes expanded information on diversity, early childhood learning theories, working in K-though third-grade settings, and 21st century learning initiatives that allow students to be better prepared for early childhood settings.  The most current information on research, curriculum standards, and play-based learning, plus numerous examples make this resource practical, interesting, and understandable for future and practicing teachers in family childcare homes, childcare centers, preschools, and elementary schools.

ECE-330 Movement and Music

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

Taking into account the growing obesity epidemic and the expanding relationship between physical activity, music, and performance, this course gives students the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions to guide and motivate children toward a lifetime of movement.  More than a listing of activities, this course presents in-depth information on physical activity and music that allows the early childhood educator to match motivating physical activity and music lessons to the developmental level of the child.  The guiding principles throughout the course focus on meeting individual needs, reciprocating environment and curriculum, integrating movement and music, involving family and community, and providing guidance through assessment and standards.

ECE-410 S.T.E.A.M. for Infants and Toddlers

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

In this course students will learn how to integrate S.T.E.A.M. ideas for infants and toddlers.  Reflecting on how children in these age groups are naturally inclined to learn about worldly concepts like Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.  For instance, their use of scientific observation and experimentation, the handling of natural and digital technology, learning how set materials function like an engineer, understanding artistic approaches and designs to activities, and the use of mathematical properties to show difference and make categorizations of objects.  S.T.E.A.M. is represented in a way that teaches infants and toddlers to discern the difference between the certain concepts, while also seeing the connection between them all.  The course will not only teach students why these concepts are vital to infants and toddlers but give the necessary examples of shaping their own curriculum and environment based on S.T.E.A.M.  Overall, students will learn how to create a thriving environment for S.T.E.A.M. to be successfully retained by infants and toddlers.

ECE-510 Adult Supervision and Leadership

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course covers the nature of leadership, how to be a leader in various settings in early care and education, how to work in early childhood teams (staff, faculty, and other professionals) and with families, and how advocacy is a form of leadership.  This course includes cases and reflection questions.  Emphasizes that regardless of position, all early childhood professionals can be leaders in their field and help provide guidance for positivity supporting early childhood professionals through effective and reflective adult supervision.

ECE-610 Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This courses focuses on wellness and prepares students to teach the diverse populations of young children in family child care, childcare centers, preschools, and elementary settings by providing everything needed to ensure students understand wellness concepts, know how to apply wellness concepts, and know how to teach wellness concepts to children.  It helps students understand the interrelationships among nutrition, health, and safety, and gives them strategies to share their knowledge with children and their families.  Covering the full range of childhood from birth into school-age, it promotes thinking about professional situations students will face in their own classrooms and teaching situations, while providing a glimpse into the everyday contemporary classroom environment.  This course gives early childhood teachers what they need to help all children attain wellness and be ready for success in school.

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ANTH-101 Introduction to Anthropology

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course takes a unique and holistic approach to the study of cultural anthropology. Transcending mere descriptions, the course explains not only what humans are and were like, but also how they got to be that way, in all their variety.

COMM-101 Workplace Communication

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENG-101

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course emphasizes the writing process and gives students a sound introduction to workplace communication. The text covers all major topics of professional communication in an accessible and flexible style. The course offers real-life scenarios, before and after writing samples, includes writer’s reflections and ends with application and learning exercises. Checklists for each communication channel and a grammar handbook round out the many learning features of this course.  Electronic communication prepares students for today’s business environment and goes beyond e-mail and Web sites to include in-depth coverage of Web logs (blogs), Instant Messaging, and on-line help.

COMM-112 Intercultural Communication

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

Blending both the practical and theoretical, this course offers students the requisite knowledge, the appropriate motivations, and the relevant skills to function competently with culturally-different others. The course provides a discussion of important ethical and social issues relating to intercultural communication and encourages students to apply vivid examples that will prepare them to interact better in intercultural relationships.

ENG-101 English Composition

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course will help you improve your writing skills. When you complete the sequence, you will know how to gather and organize information; draft, revise, and proofread, your paper properly, employ the appropriate writing strategies and adapt your writing for specific audience and purposes. You will learn to take charge of your writing and produce quality work.

ENG-102 English Composition (Adv)

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENG-101

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course is the second part of ENG-101 English Composition. In this course will help you improve your writing skills. When you complete the sequence, you’ll know how to gather and organize information; draft, revise, and proofread your papers properly; employ the appropriate writing strategies and adapt your writing for specific audiences and purposes. In short, you’ll know how to take charge of your writing and produce quality work.

HIS-100 U.S. History

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

The fabric of American history is distinguished by many major threads—territorial growth and expansion, the rise of the middle class, generations of technological innovation and economic development, and ongoing U.S. engagement with the wider world. This course incorporates these traditional narratives into a new and fresh interpretation of American history, one that includes the stories of diverse groups of people, explores expanding notions of American identity, and employs a rich mix of history and analysis. Covers from the First Founders – 1877.

HIS-101 U.S. History

Units: 3

Prerequisites: HIS-100

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course is the second part of HIS-100. Covers from 1877-The New Millennium The fabric of American history is distinguished by many major threads—territorial growth and expansion, the rise of the middle class, generations of technological innovation and economic development, and ongoing U.S. engagement with the wider world. This course incorporates these traditional narratives into a new and fresh interpretation of American history, one that includes the stories of diverse groups of people, explores expanding notions of American identity, and employs a rich mix of history and analysis.

HLTH-100 Health Science

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course combines scientifically valid research and the most current information to encourage healthy life choices. In this class we will address students’ concerns and motivate them to be savvy, critical consumers of health information. It integrates mindfulness research, tools, and practices throughout, enabling students to incorporate mindfulness practices to help cut through the static of everyday life, to be more focused and present, and to improve academic performance. Also addresses difference, disparity, and health equity.

MTH-101 Developmental Math and Algebra

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course in developmental mathematics and algebra with real-world applications demonstrate how integral mathematical understanding is to a variety of disciplines, careers, and everyday situations.

SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology

Units: 3

Prerequisites: None

Lecture Hours: 15

Course Completion Hours: 90

 

This course focuses on the relationship between social structure and agency, teaching students how the social structure of society influences individual lives and how individuals can exert agency to influence the social world. Throughout this fresh, contemporary approach to Introductory Sociology students become better sociological thinkers who can analyze how society shapes, molds, and has the power to influence people.  By focusing on the related themes of social structure and agency, this course arms students with the sense that they can and will have a positive influence on the world.

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Theoria Technical College offers open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time.  Upon enrollment, students will receive orientation instruction as to school policies and procedures required to comply with the school, regulations, and outlining established tuition, fees, and charges.

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Programs

  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education 

  • Child Growth and Development

  • Child, Family, and Community 

  • Curriculum Theories, Methods, and Materials

  • ​Infant/Toddler Development and Care 

  • Early Childhood Program Administration and Management

  • Preventive Health, Safety, and Nutrition with Pediatric First-Aid and CPR

Theoria Technical College

Early Childhood Education

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5857 Owens Avenue, Suite 300

Carlsbad, CA  92008

Office: (760) 487-8436

 

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