Course Format:

    This class meets one period per day for the entire year.  Upon successful completion, a student will receive 1 academic credit.

    Course Description:

    This course is designed to help students prepare for a career in early childhood education and/or for parenting.  Students will gain an understanding of how a child develops and will use this knowledge to develop practical techniques used for guiding children through daily experiences in safe and education ways appropriate for the classroom and home setting.

    Areas of study:

    --Nurturing the family unit                                 --Creating learning experiences for children

    --Understanding principles and theories             --Guiding children with special needs 

    --Creating a safe and healthful environment        --Preparing nutritional meals, snacks, and recipes

    --Guiding children


    Students will earn points on class participation, homework, in-class assignments, quizzes, and tests.  Students will also be graded on both group and individual projects.    All students are required to complete a comprehensive final exam.


    1.      Participation -- Students will participate and contribute to class discussions, research, and learning activities.

    2.      Course Work – Students will complete all coursework and submit at designated time.  Late work will result in a 10% deduction in points per day late.  Students MAY email any written assignment to eswanseen@nbcsd.org by the end of the due date, however they must follow-up with the teacher to ensure the assignment was received.

    3.      Absences – Students are required to make up any work missed due to absence from class.  It is the student’s responsibility to approach the teacher and arrange a timeframe for submission of work. 

    4.      3-Ring Binder – Students are required to provide a 3-ring binder to be used as a portfolio for the duration of this course.  All class notes, handouts, assignments, and projects should be stored in this binder.   It will be graded on content and neatness each marking period and will be helpful in preparing for quizzes and tests.

     Conduct and Classroom Rules:

    1.      Be on time.  Students are to be in their seats and ready for class when the bell rings.  Three late arrivals in a marking period will result in a referral/detention. 

    2.      Be prepared.  Students are to have materials (pencils, pens, paper, notebook, assignments, etc.) with them when the bell rings.  Any student not prepared will be subject to a loss of points for that day.  Pencils are required on test and quiz days.

    3.      Follow classroom procedures and rules. 

    4.      Be respectful.  Rude behavior or harassment will not be tolerated.


    Cheating will not be tolerated.  This includes cheating on homework assignments in and outside of class, projects, quizzes, or tests.   Cheating will result in an automatic zero on the assignment or activity, a notification called or sent home, and a referral to the office.  All parties involved will bear the same punishment.

    Contact Information:

    I look forward to a productive school year.  We will be covering material that will be useful on a day-to-day basis and that will apply to school, family, workplace, and community.  Please contact me with any questions you may have.

    Mrs. Emily Swanseen 

    (814) 766-4754 (guidance office)


    2019-20 Curriculum Map 

    CHILD DEVELOPMENT  --  Mrs. Swanseen


    Working with children – building skills and qualities transferable in all work areas

    Program trends and assessment tools

    Child development principals and theories

    Project:  Begin Portfolio


    Understanding children from birth to age two

    Understanding two and three year olds

    Understanding four and five year olds



    Middle childhood

    Preparing the environment

    Toys, equipment, and educational material selection

    Child safety



    Nutrition and meal planning

    Childhood health issues

    Guiding children – skills and challenges



    Establishing classroom limits

    Handling daily routines

    Developing curriculum

    Portfolio; Elementary project draft


    Guiding art, block building, sensory, and storytelling experiences

    Guiding play, puppetry, manuscript writing, and math experiences



    Guiding science and social studies experiences

    Guiding food and nutrition experiences

    Guiding music and movement experiences

    Guiding field trips

    Portfolio; Elementary project due


    Programs for infants, toddlers, and school aged children

    Children with special needs



    Involving family and parents

    Early childhood education careers

    Portfolio; Comprehensive final