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ECE-101 - Child Growth & Development - Antoinette Ricardo

Course:Child Growth & Development
Professor:Antoinette Ricardo
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello and welcome to ECE 101! I look forward to our time together this semester and hope your experience in this class will insightful and positive. Please take the time to read the Welcome Letter below. If you have any questions or need any type of clarification, feel free to ask.

Course Description

Examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones of children, both typical and atypical from conception through adolescence. Emphasizing interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors while studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies. Field observation required (will be altered due to Covid-19 pandemic). Formerly ECE‐120.

What to Expect in this Course

This course is 3 units. Past students have shared how important time management is to success. To help you manage your time, please understand that this course requires a time commitment of approximately 9 hours per week.

  • 3 hours per week in class
  • 6 hours per week on assignments, homework, reading text, etc. (equivalent of 2 hours of out of class work per hour of class

Our class will meet on the Golden Valley High School Campus every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7-7:55am in GVH 302. Furthermore, you will be required to complete several assignments outside of class as an "extension" of our course via Canvas. Please keep in mind that attendance will count towards your overall final grade and that assignments completed in class cannot be made up. 

Types of Assessments

Will include the following:

  1. In-Class Activities
  2. Online Quizzes
  3. Online Learning Activities
  4. Online Discussion Boards
  5. Pregnancy & Birth Interview
  6. Adolescent Interview
  7. Observation Project

Textbook Information

The textbook for this course is available for FREE online. The book will be posted in its entirety in Canvas and individual chapters will be included in sections. If you want to purchase a print copy, it is available in black and white at the Bookstore.

You can also print the textbook yourself. You can print up to 14 pages black and white or 5 pages in color per day free in the ASG computer lounge on either campus. If you need a printed copy and cannot access a place to print it, reach out to me.

The book is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that I and two other COC ECE faculty authored. It was peer reviewed by several other COC ECE Faculty and was piloted with ECE 101 students in Spring 2019.

Other Relevant Course Information

I will be using Canvas to post grades, assignments/rubrics, and class announcements. It is imperative that you check your email EVERY DAY to make sure you do not miss out on any important information regarding this course. Email and Canvas are my preferred way of communication. Monday through Friday expect a response from me within 24 hours. If I do not respond, please email me again. If you email me over the weekend, expect a response by the upcoming Monday.

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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 08/15/2022 Sub#: 522