Santa Barbara Unified School District

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Introductory Courses

Students in this course will learn how children learn and develop through in-class activities, discussion, weekly interaction, and direct observation. By term end, the students will be able to identify the developmental milestones and theories discussed throughout the term. Students will explore the demands of working with children in a preschool setting while facilitating activities in the San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop (SMPCW). Students will cover course elements that help to reinforce concepts of Early Childhood Education associated with post-secondary programs.


Concentrator Courses

Child Development A1: Students must develop an independent project proposal for course area and have it approved by the instructor. Proposals will be approved by the San Marcos Parent-Child Workshop (SMPCW) for implementation during both sections of the course. Students will develop weekly lesson plans to use with proposal for activities in the SMPCW. Students will continue to work in accordance with SMPCW on a weekly basis. Child Development A2: Students will continue to develop the project proposal into a working curriculum. Students will design weekly and daily activities that challenge the developmental milestones of preschoolers. Students must incorporate differentiated learning strategies for varying types of children. Lesson plans must align with the suggested curriculum for early childhood education settings. Students will continue to work in accordance with the SMPCW on a weekly basis.


Capstone Courses

This course provides students with an introduction to the teaching profession. Students will form an understanding and develop skills in the following areas: providing instruction and supervision for students; communication between students, parents, staff, administration and community; locating and utilizing resources and materials for planning curriculum; creating lesson plans and implementing lessons; classroom management; recognizing students' diverse learning needs; family and cultural differences that affect instruction; special education and accommodations within the classroom.


The Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUnified) prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, immigration status, religious beliefs or customs, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. SBUnified requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

The Governing Board prohibits sexual harassment of district employees and students. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who reports, files a complaint or testifies about, or otherwise supports a complainant in alleging sexual harassment.

Nondiscrimination Statement and Related Policies

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