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ECE 104 - Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum - Kristin Beeve

Course:Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum
Professor:Kristin Beeve
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I am a proud adjunct faculty member of the Early Childhood department at College of the Canyons. I have been with the department since Fall 2006. Prior to teaching at College of the Canyons, I worked as a Program Coordinator for Bright Horizons Family Solutions at the Warner Bros. Studios Children's Center for 9 years.
Additionally, I have been employed as a Lead Preschool Teacher for the Disney Children's Center, as well as a Teachers assistant for Glendale Community College Parent Education Program. I have been an active member of NAEYC and have assisted the programs I worked with to achieve accreditation status. I presented workshops for the CAEYC conferences and have also served as a Parent Education workshop speaker for various programs funded through LAUP.
I hold a Master's Degree in Child Development/Child Life from the University of LaVerne and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from CSUN. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my husband Greg and our two children, Emily and Matthew.

ECE 104: Introduction to Curriculum is a course focused on understanding the foundations behind intentional teaching practices and creating learning experiences for young children founded in developmentally appropriate practices. 

Course Description

ECE 104 is a semester length (16 week) asynchronous online course, meaning completion of content/assignments for the course will be online only. We will use COC Canvas for this course.  Prerequisite for ECE 104 is: ECE 100 Introduction to Principles and Practices. This ECE 104 course will cover the early childhood educator’s role in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program for young children. It will include comprehensive review of materials, resources and activities for learning domains and academic content areas, creating learning environments, routines, and analyzing strategies for guiding behavior and managing early childhood classroom experiences.

What to Expect in this Course

The course will consist of combination of assessments including: weekly journal reflections, discussions and activities, analysis of curriculum resources through group collaborations, observational practice assignments, creating a developmentally appropriate lesson plan and reflecting on teaching strategies and classroom management through an implementation of a developmentally appropriate learning experience with a child or small group of children ages 2-7.

Types of Assessments

Journals, Discussions, Group Project, Observations, and a final key assessment utilizing the "Planning Cycle" method, which will include a formal written developmentally appropriate lesson plan based on observation, documentation of the plan implemented by the student and a reflection of the project in its entirety.

Textbook Information

Digital Textbook OER (Open Educational Resource- no cost). Link will be provided on Canvas in the Introduction Module. 
ECE 104: Introduction to Early Childhood Curriculum

Other Relevant Course Information

There will be 2 mandatory 30 minute meetings with a Master Teacher (most occur weekdays between 12pm-2pm, but there is limited opportunity for morning and afternoon appointments as necessary-there are no evening appointments are available at this time) from our COC Center for Early Childhood Education, for peer review and support. Additionally, weekly office hours will be available via zoom. Days and Times of zoom sessions to be determined at start of the semester.

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:

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  • 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: 08/15/2022 Sub#: 1078