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ECE 101 - Child Growth and Development - Rebecca Laff

Course:Child Growth and Development
Professor:Rebecca Laff
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Dear Online Students,

Welcome to ECE 101: Child Growth and Development, I am looking forward to working with you.  

The best way to communicate with me is through email.  My email address is I will do my best to reply to you within 24 hours. Be sure to email me through Canvas or using your MyCanyons email address.

Course Description

This course 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.

By the end of this course you should be able to apply developmental theory to the milestones for children conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive and language development.

What to Expect in this Course

Some important information I would like you to have before the class begins:

  • The syllabus will be emailed to your My Canyons email before the start of the class. Please be sure to read it.
  • Be aware that if you have never taken an online class before, there are different assessments such as this one from MiraCosta College, to provide you information to help you determine if online classes will be a good fit for you.
  • You can request help from me and find many useful resources on the Online Education page (look at the options in the Student Resource drop down menu).
  • You will be utilizing Canvas for this course. If you have never used Canvas, please visit the video guides.
  • Log in once the course is available at: will be sent an email notification when the course is available (it will be made available before the official start date, so you can do some test driving.I strongly encourage you to get started early).

In this course, we will be doing in 8 weeks what is normally done in 16 weeks. Please make sure you have set aside approximately 20 hours a week for the class. Plan your schedule and access to a computer and the internet to allow you to meet the due dates each week. Try to avoid waiting until the last minute to submit your work.

  • This class is an online class. You will be able to participate and complete your coursework asynchronously without any presence on either of the College of the Canyons campuses. 
  • In order to keep your seat in the class (and avoid being dropped) you must:
    • Log in on (or before) the second day of class.
    • Complete the Start Here work by the first Friday of the class.

Types of Assessments

Discussion Board Posts, Online Learning Activities, Observations, Quizzes, Final Assignment

Textbook Information


  • Regular access to a reliable computer with stable, high-speed internet connection. This can be either a personal computer, a computer in the COC library or in the TLC, or at a public library
  • A Canvas smartphone app is available to download! (Canvas by Instructure)
  • You need the following software on the computer:
    • Internet browser (Chrome works best with Canvas)
    • Microsoft Word. You can download the Microsoft Office Suite for FREE as part of your school My Canyons account (
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader. You need to be able to open, print, and save PDF files. To view PDF files, you should have a current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your


  • Your textbook for this course is an Open Education Resources textbook written by ECE Department faculty. It will be available free online (to read online and/or to print on your own) and you can purchase the book printed black and white through our Bookstore

Other Relevant Course Information

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I am here to support you and facilitate your success in the course.

Welcome and best wishes,

Rebecca Laff

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: 01/29/2024 Sub#: 1109