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Upon successful completion of this course students will:Course Requirements:Grading ScaleImportant NotesEARLY CHILDHOOD ADMINISTRATION TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULEJournal article #1 & presentation due today Philosophy of ceLEARNING TEAM GROUP PROJECTSGroup #1Create a marketing plan for a new child development program.GROUP #5AQUINAS COLLEGE Early Childhood Education, School of Education The Mission of Aquinas College School of Education is to facilitate the development of competent, compassionate and committed educators of integrity. COURSE SYLLABUS AND CALENDAR EN 621 – EARLY CHILDHOOD ADMINISTRATION Winter 2005 Professor: Charlene Walsh, MA Home Number: (616) 243-5277 Email: [email protected] Time: Q4: Thursday 6:30 - 10:30 PM Prerequiste: EN 201, EN 304, EN 320 & EN 322 Textbooks and Instructional Materials: Required Text: Taylor, Barbara (2002) Early Childhood Program Management – People and Procedures. Merrill – Prentice Hall - Fourth Edition Course Description: Students will examine the early childhood administrator’s role in directing a quality and successful early childhood center. Topics include personnel and finance management, policy development, accreditation standards, ethical decision-making, safety, childcare licensing laws, communication skills, professionalism, sound health and nutrition practices and business practice. Also, the collaborative systems of management in Reggio Emilia, Italy and other quality early childhood programs will be explored. Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course students will: 1. Explore the skills necessary to be a successful administrator of an early childhood center; 2. Describe the process of selecting and retaining qualified staff; 3. Understand the relationship and importance of policy development , personal management, staff development and communicating with the public; 4. Identifying the requirements of child care licensing laws; 5. Understand the importance of early childhood accreditation; 16. Define a budget, list expenses, and sources of income and describe financial planning. Method for Instruction Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussions and cooperative learning activities focusing on the central topics. Students are responsible for all assigned material. Class discussions may not completely address all issues; however, supplementary sources and outside speakers will enrich the classroom experience. Students are expected to be active participants in class discussion, both within the small and large group formats. To achieve this, it is important to read assigned material and be prepared to discuss the topics. Course Requirements: A. Attendance (20 points): The most efficient way to learn the course material is by attending class. You also have a responsibility to your team members to be present and do your fair share of project work. You will also contribute a professional resource to share in the administrative potpourri. Complete weekly in class reflections. When a class is missed, the student is responsible for securing all the information and completing missed assignments that are due at the following class unless otherwise noted by the professor. Please notify me in advance if you must be absent. The course final grade includes attendance. B. Administrative Resource Book (60). Compile an Administrative Resource Book. The resource book will include information on philosophy and mission of a center, licensing rules and regulations, accreditation, mandated eporting, staff development ideas, and other resources. r The philosophy will include your style of leadership. How will that help you to accomplish your philosophy in your school? C. Review two professional journal articles (30 points) on topics related to the administration of an early childhood program. Write a summary (2 pages) for each article. (Main points, strength, weakness, and faulty reasoning). Also, the summary should contain a one to two paragraph reflective statement of your reaction to the ideas presented. This includes how you will apply the ideas to your setting. Attach a copy of the journal article and make enough copies so that each student may have one. Keep in mind that this is to be a scholarly journal. “Parents Magazine” or “ mailbox” are not professional journals. They are good information resources but do 2not provide research based information. Consult article critique format for a detailed explanation. Prepare a 5-7 minute (interactive) class presentation (10 points) on the gist - of the articles you reviewed. Describe the main points of the articles and the implication it would have for your practices as the director of an early childhood development program. D. Site Visitation (50 points) - The purpose of this assignment is for you to shadow/talk individually with a center program administrator or director. The individual must be employed a minimum of one year and supervise two or more employees. Write up a report of your findings and impressions. Use the following as a guide: 1. Describe the setting. Include a description of the environment, number and ages of the children, hours of operation, and other significant factors. 2. Describe the administrator. Include the individual’s qualifications and previous experiences with children. Why did she/he become an administrator? 3. What are his/her responsibilities at the site? What are his/her greatest struggles and how does she/he deal with them? 4. How does he/she hire and train new employees? 5. How did he/she develop a business plan and budget? 6. What advice would he/she give to someone who is a new administrator? 7. What are some of the ways that parents are actively involved at the school? 8. Formulate other pertinent questions to add to your interview. Be sure to call ahead to schedule an appointment. Be prepared to share your insight/experience in class. E. Group project (30 points): This assignment is covered in a separate handout and will be discussed at length during the course. 3F. Graduate Requirement: Term Paper: This is a formal paper and should be 8-10 typewritten pages. Choose an administrative topic or management of an educational program of interest to you. Topics must correlate with the subject matter covered in this course. Please do not write on a topic you have already used in another class. Research your chosen area using a balance of


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