CDEC 1321
Infant and Toddlers

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: A study of appropriate infant and toddler programs (birth to age 3), including an overview of development, quality routines, learning environment, materials and activities, and teaching/guidance techniques.
    2. Required Prerequisite: None
  2. Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Summarize prenatal development and the birth process
    2. Discuss theories of development as they apply to infants and toddlers
    3. Outline growth and development of children from birth to age 3
    4. Analyze components of teacher/child interactions and positive guidance techniques
    5. Design learning environments
    6. Select materials and activities for infants and toddlers
  3. Testing Requirements
    1. The final exam must be proctored. (ask your instructor for more details)
    2. Students will NOT be allowed to use their book and notes for the final exam
  4. Major Course Requirements
    1. Assignments         60%
    2. Attendance           20%
    3. Final                       20%
  5. Information on Books
    1. Required Book: Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers, 10th Edition McGraw Hill Education
  6. Other Policies, Procedures and important dates. Please refer to the WTC Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam Schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal Information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Class Attendance
    7. Student with disabilities
  7. Course Content
Chapter 1

Principles, Practice, and Curriculum

Relationships, Interactions, and the Three Rs
Ten Principles Bases on a Philosophy Respect
Curriculum and Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Chapter 2

Infant-Toddler Education

What Infant-Toddler Education Is: The Components
Infant-Toddler Education and School Readiness

Chapter 3

Caregiving as Curriculum

Infant-Toddler Curriculum
Caregiving Routines
Differing Needs and Perspectives

Chapter 4

Play and Exploration as Curriculum

Adult Roles in Play
Environmental Factors that Influence Play

Chapter 5


Brain Research
Milestones of Attachment
Measuring Attachment
Attachment Issues
Children with Special Needs: Early Intervention

Chapter 6


Sensory Integration
Smell and Taste

Chapter 7

Motor Skills

Physical Growth and Motor Skills
Brain Growth and Motor Development
Large Motor Skills and Locomotion
Small Motor Skills and Manipulation
Fostering Motor Development

Chapter 8


The Cognitive Experience
Sensorimotor Experience
Vygotsky and Piaget

Chapter 9


The Progression of Language Development
Fostering Language Development
Early Literacy

Chapter 10


The Development of Emotions and Feelings
Temperament and Resiliency
Coping with Fears
Coping with Anger
Self-Calming Techniques
Self-Direction and Self-Regulation

Chapter 11

Social Skills

Early Social Behaviors
Stages of Psychosocial Development
Guidance and Discipline
Teaching Social Skills

Chapter 12

The Physical Environment

A Safe Environment
A Healthful Environment
The Learning Environment
Developmental Appropriateness

Chapter 13

The Social Environment

Identity Formation



Last Modified: August 29, 2016