ECE 205 Welcome Letter Spring 2019

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ECE 205: Principles and Practices

Spring 2019 Welcome Letter

CRN 33362


Katie Mervin

Contact information

Email Address:

Phone Number: 805-546-3285

Office Location/ Hours: TBD: I will have a face-to-face office hour each week and will release the schedule at the start of the Spring 2019 semester

Instructor Contact Expectations:  The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the Monday classes start [Enter course start Date], you will receive an email to your address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference GuideLinks to an external site.. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after [Enter Date] and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address:

Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

[add any additional contact policy, maybe include response time for questions, and how often student need to log in to class]

Course Description

  • Provides an overview of Early Childhood Education, educational requirements, compensation for teachers in California, and developmentally appropriate curriculum planning and teaching methods.
  • Reviews the historical roots of early childhood programs and the evolution of the practices promoting advocacy, professional ethics and identity.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Interpret best and promising teaching and care practices as defined within the field of early care and education’s history, range of delivery systems, program types, philosophies and ethical standards.
  • Identify the underlying theoretical perspective in forming a professional, personal philosophy of teaching.
  • Assess early childhood settings, curriculum, and teaching strategies utilizing indicators of quality early childhood practice that support all children including those with diverse characteristics and their families.
  • Examine the value of play as a vehicle for developing skills, knowledge, dispositions, and strengthening relationships among young children.
  • Examine a variety of guidance and interaction strategies to increase children’s social competence and promote a caring classroom community.
  • Analyze the relationship between observation, planning, implementation and assessment in developing effective teaching strategies and positive learning and development.

Text Book and Materials

Needs to be Purchased:

  • Who Am I in the Lives of Children by S. Feeney, E. Moravcik, S. Nolte, D. Christensen, 11th

Available Online:

  • DSS Licensing Guidelines
  • NAEYC Standards
  • Preschool Learning Foundations

Recommended Preparation

Concurrent enrollment in ECE 206 is highly recommended.

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site. at:



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148 or

College & Course Policies:

Access to Canvas Course: The course will open several days early to allow students to view the syllabus and
become familiar with the layout of the course. Please log in the first day of the semester so you can submit the assignments by the due date. All students must log in by Sunday, January 27th at 6:00 pm or you will be dropped from the course.
Please note that this is not a self-paced course. Students may not submit work early or late to accommodate work or travel plans. Students will need access to a computer (with internet) every week of the semester.

Academic Honesty Policy: [Identify your course specific academic honesty policy]. In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site. at:

Add / Drop Policy: [Identify your course-specific add/drop policy] In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops

  • Add Policy:
  • Drop Policy:

Waitlist Policy: [Identify your course-specific waitlist procedures]. In addition to my course specific procedures, please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.:

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