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Early Childhood Development: Language and Literacy

Course Details

Course Number
ECED 4123
Section Number
ECED 4123
Fall 2017
Ferguson Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Thursdays 5:30pm-8:20pm

SuHua Huang (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Literacy Development in the Early Years: Helping C
Diversity consciousness: Opening our minds to peop
Course Objectives

1. Understand the components of literacy, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing, and how they are related.

2. Understand children’s language and literacy development and how to identify and accommodate for factors that impact student language and literacy learning. 

3, Understand aural/oral/visual literacy processes and skills (i.e. types of and purposes of listening, speaking, and viewing; phonological awareness processes and concepts of print awareness; types of and purposes for oral expression activities.)

4. . Know about the developmental reading processes from birth to age eight and how to best foster literacy at each stage of development.

5.  Understand the writing process, as well as developmental early writing and the stages of writing development

6. Know about and use children’s literature to foster reading for each stage of reading from birth to age eight.

7. Know how to encourage parents to apply language arts skills (including reading) as a vehicle for learning

8. Understand how to assess and document student progress in language and literacy development.


Course Expectations


The education and reading faculty expects students to demonstrate the performances essential for meeting the educational needs of all children.


1. Early childhood and reading education professionals are committed to using research-based, developmentally appropriate instruction.

2. Early childhood and reading education professionals assess learner strengths and needs to plan developmentally appropriate instruction.

3. Early childhood and reading education professionals advocate assessments that consist of both formal and informal multiple assessments conducted over time which compare the child’s past and present abilities.

4. Early childhood and reading education professionals display positive dispositions related to early childhood and to the teaching of reading.

5. Early childhood and reading education professionals value students’ interests, backgrounds, and reading abilities as foundations for a developmentally appropriate early childhood reading program.

6. Early childhood and reading education professionals model related reading and writing experiences enthusiastically as valued lifelong activities.

7. Early childhood and reading education professionals assist families to find enjoyable ways to support and develop learning begun at school.

Grading Standards


Final grade will be determined by the numbers of points earned through completion of the following assignments: If you have any unfinished assignment, you will receive “incomplete” on your final grades till you completely finish all course required assignments. Meanwhile you will lose 100 points for your final grade.


Assignment                                                                                                    Points


Participation                                                                                                    100

Children’s Literature Sample for Phonological Awareness                            300                             

Presentation- Teaching demonstration                                                            100

Literacy Bag                                                                                                   300

Midterm                                                                                                          100

Final Exams                                                                                                    100


Total                                                                                                               1000



Final point total will be converted to a course grade as follows:



1000-900 = A

 890- 800 = B

 790-700 = C

 690-600 = D

 590 below = F







Final Exam 12/13/2017 8:00 pm-10:00pm
Submission Format Policy

Hard copy or to D2L systems.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


The content of this course is presented via class discussions, demonstrations, lectures, readings, and small group activities. Your attendance and participation are required to obtain a complete understanding of course material. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any missed work. If you miss class, you must obtain notes, class announcements, assignments, handouts, etc. from another student prior to the next scheduled class time. Excused absences will be approved on a case by case basis only.


  1. This course has a strict attendance policy. Professional teachers are dependable, reliable, and responsible. Therefore, you are expected to be on time and in attendance at every class. Tardiness, leaving early, and absences are considered evidence of lack of dependability and are taken seriously.


  1. If you are absent, your grade will be reduced.

1st Absence – No penalty. (Please use the first absence wisely such as family events, conferences, or other social activities)

2nd Absence – 60 points deducted from your final grade average

3rd Absence – 120 points deducted from your final grade average

More than 3 absences – additional 100 points deducted from your final grade average for each absence beyond the first 3.

 If you have an unexpected medical treatment, car accident or a family emergency, etc. You must turn in a doctor’s note and/or official documents at the time you return to class. It is your responsibility to provide the written documentation to the instructor to avoid the loss of points.


  1. Punctuality is also expected for all classes. When you arrive 7 minutes after class has started you are considered tardyThree tardies will result in a loss of 50 points from your final point total. Five tardies will lose 100 points in your final point total. When you arrive 15 minutes after class has started or leave before it ends you will be counted absent for that class period.
Other Policies


  • Written work-should be completed in a professional style. All assignments have a component for correct spelling, grammar, and mechanics. Quality work is highly expected.
  • Be prepared- Read assignments and/or complete assigned work before coming to class. Thirty (30) points per day will be deducted for late assignments. Arrangement for exceptional cases must be made AT LEAST two days prior to the due date. Assignments more than one week late will not be accepted for credit.
  • Adhering to professional ethics- When using professional sources in your writing, please cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments. Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.
  •  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-Discrimination law that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodation can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.
  •  Honesty is a fundamental precept in all academic activities, and those privileged to be members of a university community have a special
  • obligation to observe the highest standards of honesty and a right to expect the same standards of all others. Academic misconduct in any form is inimical to the purposes and functions of the university and therefore is unacceptable and rigorously proscribed. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade for the semester and will be reported to the appropriate authorities within the College. This policy applies to the issue of plagiarism, in particular. It is critical that you cite your sources and give people the credit they deserve.


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Calendar Attachment

Tentative Schedule for Fall-20170922-132833.pdf

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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