Course Offerings

CD 105 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education

This course is an introduction to the field of early childhood education from infancy through school-age. Topics include: child development and learning, health, safety and nutrition, family and community collaboration, teaching and learning, assessment, observation and documentation, professionalism, administration and program management, and interactions and guidance.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 106 - Promoting Safe, Healthy Learning Environments

This course is designed for students who are working in the early childhood field to complete the CDA formal training hours related to Competence Standard I: Safe, Healthy, and Learning Environments, and begins Competence Standard VI: Professionalism, specifically, educating with intentionality and reflection and making ethical decisions. Students develop resource collection components for the professional portfolio, write the competency standards, and demonstrate knowledge related to the functional areas: health, safety, and learning environments and professionalism.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 107 - Promoting Physical and Intellectual Competence

This course is designed for students who are working in the early childhood field to complete the CDA formal training hours related to Competency Standard II: Advancing Physical and Intellectual Competence. Students develop resource collection components for their professional portfolio, write the competency standard, and demonstrate knowledge related to the functional areas: physical, cognitive, communication, and creative development.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 108 - Promoting Social and Emotional Competence and Building Family Relationships

This course is designed for students who are working in the early childhood field to complete the CDA formal training hours related to Competency Standards III and IV: advancing social and emotional competence, understanding effective positive guidance strategies, and building responsive and supportive relationships with families. Students develop resource collection components for their professional portfolio, write the competency standards, and demonstrate knowledge related to the functional areas: self, social, guidance, and families.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 109 - Program Management and Professionalism

This course is designed for students who are working in the early childhood field to complete the CDA formal training hours related to Competency Standard V and VI, Program Management and Professionalism. Students develop resource collection components for their professional portfolio, write the competency standards and demonstrate knowledge related to the functional areas: program management and professionalism.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 112 - CDA Formal Training Hours Capstone

This course is designed for students who are working in the early childhood field to complete the CDA formal training hours related to application completion. Students complete Competency Standard IV, write a professional philosophy statement, assemble a professional portfolio, prepare for their CDA exam, prepare for their CDA on-site visit with a Professional Development Specialist, and prepare for submission of their CDA application. Students must be 18 and have a high school diploma or GED in order to apply for the CDA credential.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 116 - Families, Intimate Relationships & Human Sexuality

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the social and cultural processes influencing marriage, intimate relationships, human sexuality, and family functioning. The course provides a basis for making decisions about life styles and sexual choices in contemporary society. Emphasis is placed on changing roles, gender relationships, love, intimacy, communication, diversity of family systems, and sexuality throughout the family life cycles and in families of various cultures.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 118 - Human Growth and Development I

Human Growth and Development is the study of the total person from conception through adolescence, including stages and considerations in adult development. Emphasis in this course is on observing and analyzing physical, cognitive, language and social-emotional development. This course requires laboratory experience with children at approved sites.
Course Fee: $100 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 120 - Adult Development

The major emphasis of this course is on normal adult development, ages 18 through senescence. There is a focus on the biological, cognitive, social and occupational aspects of the developmental stages of adult life. Topics include theories of adult development, specific developmental life tasks, issues related to specific stages of development, research design and methods, and interview techniques.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 180 - Cooperative Education in Child Development I

Prerequisite: Completion of CD 118 and CD 209 and 229 OR CD 210 with a grade of C or better. CDA students participate in a cooperative program of work and learning involving area employers. Students are required to work a minimum of 245 hours a semester under a qualified supervisor at approved employment and attend scheduled class sessions.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 209 - Creative and Language Arts for Preschoolers

This course teaches methods for engaging preschoolers in play, creative and language arts. Best practices, culturally and developmentally appropriate assessments, materials and activities are explored in the college classroom and then planned and implemented at the GRCC Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL). Each student is assigned a lab instructor who models, supports, and evaluates teaching and learning in the preschool classroom. Three hours lecture and two hours of lab participation at the GRCC ECLL are required weekly.
Course Fee: $220 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 210 - Infant/Toddler Development

The focus of this course is on the physical, sensory and perceptual, cognitive, language, social and emotional development in the child, birth to 3 years. The emphasis is on caregiver skills, curriculum planning, and environmental structuring to enhance and stimulate development in in-home and group care settings.
Course Fee: $220 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 215 - Adult/Child Interaction

This course consists of three hours of lecture focusing on the practical application of current research to adult-child interactions. Theories, problems and techniques of adult-child interactions will be explored with an emphasis on problem-solving in adult-child relationships. Students may take CD 215 either before or at the same time as CD 229.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 218 - Early Childhood Program Administration

This course focuses on the role and responsibilities of an early childhood program director and on the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful as a director. Topics include: teamwork, leadership, standards of quality, health and safety, relationships with families, budgeting, space, schedule and equipment, staff hiring and supervision and professionalism.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 229 - Math, Science, and Technology for Preschoolers

Prerequisites: 1. Successful completion of CD 118, and CD 209 with a grade of C or better 2. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of CD 215 3. Students enrolled in CD 229 must undergo a Criminal Background Check and a Department of Human Services Central Registry Check. Being convicted of ANY FELONY, any of the listed offenses as defined by MCL 28.722 (Sex Offenders Registration Act; Act 295 of 1994), or being listed on the Michigan Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry will result in refusal of lab placement and removal from the course. Complete policy information is provided on the GRCC Website. Methods for engaging preschoolers in math, science, technology, and integrating curriculum are taught. Best practices, culturally and developmentally appropriate assessments, materials, and activities are explored in the college classroom and then planned and implemented at the GRCC Lab Preschool. Each student is assigned a lab instructor who models, supports, and evaluates teaching and learning in the preschool classroom. Three hours lecture and two hours lab participation at the GRCC Lab Preschool are required weekly.
Course Fee: $220 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 230 - Young Children With Special Needs

This course is an introduction to disabling conditions in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on assessment, diagnosis and lab participation in a special education setting. Working with children in selected special education programs is required. The two hours of lab are arranged off campus.
Course Fee: $10 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 260 - Emergent Literacy

This course focuses on literacy acquisition theory and practice from 0 to 3rd grade. Literacy development stages, factors that effect reading acquisition, and characteristics of fluent readers are included. The importance of play, schema theory, language development and reading acquisition, and assessment procedures are stressed. 20 hours of tutoring through Grand Rapids Public Schools are required.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 270 - Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Prerequisites: CD 118 and CD 209 and 229 OR 210 with a grade of C or better. This course explores leadership in the field of early childhood. It will examine the multiple styles and theories of leadership. Topics include: assessing your own leadership style, identifying leadership opportunities in the community and state, engaging in teamwork, coaching and mentoring and use of data towards continuous quality improvement. This course meets a portion of the National Association for the Education of Young Children\'s accreditation requirement for center directors.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 280 - Cooperative Education in Child Development

Prerequisite: CD 118 Human Growth and Development CD 119 Methods in Preschool Education CD 210 Infant/Toddler Development Completion of CD 118, CD 119 and CD 210 with a grade of C or better Co-requisite: CD 285 Associate degree students participate in a cooperative program of work and learning involving area employers. Students are required to work a minimum of 245 hours per semester under a qualified supervisor at approved employment. MUST BE TAKEN WITH CD 285.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

CD 285 - Assessment Tools in Child Development

Prerequisites: The following course must be completed before taking this course: CD 118, CD 209 and 229 and CD 210 with a grade of C or better. In this course students develop portfolios and discuss the challenges of their work experience. The professional portfolio includes a resume, a philosophy statement and documentation of the student\'s own teaching and educational experiences. The child portfolio segment includes documentation of a child\'s growth over the semester through photographs, anecdotal records, assessments and samples of the child\'s work. The student will also complete a Family Resource File.
Course Fee: $15 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ED 200 - Introduction to Education

ED 200 has been designed to help prospective teachers make informed decisions about careers in education. Classroom observations, interviews, personal assessments, and readings are important components of this course. Course content focuses upon the foundations of education, the practical realities of day-to-day teaching, and the sociological peripheries that hover just outside the classroom door. Topics include but are not limited to: the history and philosophy of education, learning theories, the instructional cycle, state requirements for teacher certification, as well as current issues and trends. At all junctures in the course, students will be challenged to extend classroom discussion through additional readings, collaborative projects, and written reflections.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

ED 220 - Integrating the Arts in Elementary Education

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CD 118 with a grade of C or better. This course is designed to meet the performing and visual arts requirements for students pursuing a bachelor\'s degree in elementary education. The course will be team taught, integrating content and pedagogy from visual art, music, and theater. Students will collaborate on projects using identified pedagogical practices to enhance teaching and learning through creative problem solving.
Course Fee: $20 (Tuition Rates & Fees)