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ECE 100 - Introduction to Early Childhood Education - Sharon Eyrich

Course:Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Professor:Sharon Eyrich
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  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to the wonderful world of Early Childhood Education.  This beginning course is designed to introduce you to the various aspects of early childhood education and working in an early childhood program.  Each of you brings a unique set of skills that will be discovered and built upon during the course.

Please keep in mind that the full semester course will require a time commitment of about 6-9 ours per week to be successful.  If you are enrolled in the short term half semester course, it will require about 12-15 hours per week and a summer or winter course will require about 18 hours per week.

Course Description

This course examines the underlying principles of quality practices utilized in early childhood programs emphasizing the key role of relationships, constructive adult-child interactions, and teaching strategies to support physical, cognitive and social/emotional development for all children.  This course includes a review of the evolution of the field and introduces the profession of early childhood education.  This course meets one of the requirement for licensing and the Child Development permit.

What to Expect in this Course

In this course you can expect to work hard and learn a lot!  You will attend  You will explore 9 Canvas online modules which include a chapter from the book to read, activities and discussion boards for you to complete and post, as well as replying to the posts of your classmates.  You will also have assignments designed to be practical and useful in the field of early childhood education.  You will be introduced to many skills and concepts that you will explore further in other ECE courses.

Types of Assessments

Because you are training to work with children and families, tests and exams are not the best way to showcase your skills.  Instead, you will participate in assignments that are more practical in nature and will better demonstrate the skills you will need to be successful in the field.

-Online discussion board posts - some written, some creative,

-Open book quizzes,

-Selecting a "golden nugget" from each chapter,

-Practice objective observation skills by conducting an observation,

-Exploring and designing a learning material/toy, 

-Program visit (or alternative),

-New Teacher Handbook include 8 golden nuggets/core beliefs

Textbook Information

The textbook will be given at the beginning of the course and in each canvas module.  It is an online textbook that is of no cost to you.

Other Relevant Course Information

We look forward to "seeing" you in class!

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 06/07/2021 Sub#: 219