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ECE-104 - Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education - Rebecca Laff

Course:Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education
Professor:Rebecca Laff
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Hello! Welcome to ECE 104: Introduction to Early Childhood Education. 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 My Canyons email address.

Course Description

This course presents an overview of the knowledge and skills needed to provide developmentally appropriate curriculum in early childhood education programs. It also examines the teacher's role in supporting development and learning, including the essential role of play. Includes environment, routine, interpersonal tone and activity planning, implementation and reflective evaluation. 

Prerequisite: ECE 100 Introduction to Principles and Practices

Many of our courses have prerequisites. Our policy allows you to enroll in the next course, but unless your final grade in the prerequisite courses meets the minimum grade of a C, you will not be allowed to stay in the next course. Once the previous semester grades are posted you will be dropped from the more advanced course. The drop may happen after the semester has begun and could impact your ability to obtain another course. 

What to Expect in this Course

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.


Each week there will be a mixture of readings, discussion, activities, and assignments. This means your participation matters. It is my hope that everyone should feel included and part of the class. Please be mindful that this course is not a self-paced course. There will be due dates and weekly reminders to keep you on track with your assignments. 

You can expect the following from me:

  • To create a collaborative environment in which the learning of the group can thrive.
  • To stay in regular contact throughout the course by grading, emailing, videos, and announcements.  
  • To respect your time by having a purpose for all content and work within the course. To be clear with expectations and directions. But know some work may be very open-ended, without one right way.
  • To be approachable, respectful, open-minded, and willing to be called out on my mistakes (I am human, and I do make mistakes).  
  • To grade your work in a timely manner and provide constructive feedback and be willing to explain how you earn your points for the class.
  • To protect our learning environment by responding to any disrespect or inappropriate behavior or reports of such behavior.


Types of Assessments

There will be a variety of assessments to ensure we reach different styles of learning throughout the course. Assessments will include but are not limited to:

  • Observations of children through video footage
  • A group project
  • Creating a Learning Experience Plan (curriculum)

Textbook Information

Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education.

Link can be found here:

The textbook for this course is available for FREE online. The book will be posted chapter by chapter in the modules in Canvas. The book is an Open Educational Resource (OER) that two COC ECE faculty co-authored. It was peer-reviewed by COC ECE faculty. 

Other Relevant Course Information

Our curriculum focus will be for ages two to seven years old. However, we will touch base on curriculum for infants, toddlers, and school-age children. With a fully online course, you need to be prepared to check in and complete coursework at least three times a week. This will include but is not limited to:

  • Engaging in discussion with peers
  • Watching online observations
  • Completing assignments

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: 05/30/2022 Sub#: 1377