Special Topics in Advanced Child Care Practices Syllabus for 2021-2022
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CDEC-1294-001 Special Topics in Advanced Child Care Practices


Corequisite: CDEC 2264

Course Description

Study of advanced skills in the early childhood setting for teachers and administrators. Content addresses 13 functional areas of quality child care, current research, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(2 sem hr; 2 lec)

Class Type


Syllabus Information


One of the following books depending on the age you teach and the portfolio you are completing:

The Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program and CDA Competency Standards:  Infant-Toddler Edition --  2020 Copyright Edition

OR the  Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program and CDA Competency Standards:  Preschool Edition--  2020 Copyright Edition

Books can be purchased at AC Bookstore.  https://www.actx.edu/bookstore/


The student will need access to the internet and Blackboard Learning for other resources needed during the semester.  

The student will need access to a printer for completion of the CDA Portfolio requirements.

The student will need to purchase a notebook and have access to 10 page protectors for the CDA Professional Portfolio.

Student Performance

Study the requirements of the CDA credential.

Collect evidence of high quality to meet requirements of CDA credential.

Organize and provide evidence of all requirements met in a portfolio. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Your participation in class and online helps you learn more and makes the class more interesting.

You need to schedule time during each week to complete your coursework as if you were attending an in person class weekly.

Feel free to ask questions --  I’m here to help you.

Honesty, integrity, and respect will guide this course.  You are expected to treat all participants with respect at all times.  In discussing controversial issues, it is important that students feel comfortable expressing their opinion, yet it is imperative that students refrain from using derogatory or offensive language.

Read assigned chapters and complete weekly learning activities over course content.

Attend the scheduled in-class meetings as indicated in the schedule and actively participate in discussions.

Keep in mind that grades are not given.  Grades are earned based on student performance.  Please note the requirements for earning the grade you desire and act accordingly throughout the semester.  If you complete the coursework in a timely fashion, there isn’t a reason for you not to successfully complete this course.

Assignments are due on the dates stated.  Late work will be accepted but will NOT receive full credit.  Partial credit is better than no credit!

Grading Criteria

Attendance at all scheduled classes = 30% of Final Grade
Professional Portfolio Activities = 30% of Final Grade
Professional Portfolio = 30% of Final Grade

Final Exam = 10% of Final Grade

Grading Scale
A = 100 -- 90
B =   89 -- 80
C =   79 -- 70
D =   69 -- 60
F =   59 -- 0

 All work for the week/module is due by 11:59pm on Monday nights.  

Late work is accepted; however, it will not receive full credit. 

Partial credit is better than no credit!


Attend class regularly and promptly. Attendance is vitally important for the successful completion of this course.

This is a hybrid course.  Most of the instruction will be online and then we will meet as a class on Monday nights from 6-8  Please refer to the announcements in the blackboard course for exact meeting locations, whether in zoom, google meet, or in person.

The online portion of the course will run from Tuesday afternoon through Monday evening at 11:59 pm.

This is a paired course, which means you are enrolled in CDEC 1294 ST: In Early Childhood and CDEC 2264 Practicum in Advanced Child Care. 


During this course, you will be compiling your CDA Professional Portfolio, and you will be using the CDA Infant/Toddler or Preschool manual, depending on the age of the children you teach. 

Week of

Class Schedule

(Exact locations and virtual meetings found in Blackboard)

CDEC 1294

CDA Competency

Module Due

Week 1

June 6-13

Meet in person,

Monday, June 6, at 6pm

Module 1


1 & 2

Monday, June 20

Week 2

June 13-20

No Class this week

Week 3

June 20-27

Optional Virtual Class


Module 2


3 & 4

Monday, July 4

Week 4

June 27-July 4

Meet in Person,

Monday, June 27, at 6pm

Week 5

July 4-11

No Class this week

Module 3


5 & 6

Monday, July 11

Week 6

July 11-18

Meet in person,

Monday, July 11, at 6pm

Module 4

Professional Statement

Monday, July 25

Week 7

July 18-25

Optional Virtual Class

Monday, July 18, at 6pm

Week 8

July 25-28

Meet in person,

Monday, July 25, at 6pm

Finals – Bring your CDA Professional Portfolio


Additional Information

Syllabus Created on:

05/20/22 11:10 AM

Last Edited on:

06/07/22 7:28 PM