BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-204 - Early Years Development III - 4.00 Credits

AECE-204 - Early Years Development III - 4.00 Credits

Course Details
Students will study the normal development of children from conception, and compare that with developmental disabilities. There will be an emphasis on learning the relevant terminology and identifying children with exceptionalities. A component of this course will be exploring the physical, motor, perceptual, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development of children from prenatal to three years of age. This course will also examine various interventions used by professionals to guide development of exceptional children.
Part of the:
  • CAREER TRAINING (EDUCATION) Department
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Diploma - Year 2 Fall
  • Prerequisites : AECE 104, AECE Certificate or equivalent
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Bachelor Degree in related field. Aboriginal background and/or experience working in an Aboriginal adult educational setting an asset.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 60
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50-70%, Final Exam 30-50%, total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT guidelines.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • discuss the historical perspectives and approaches to rearing of exceptional Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children from prenatal to age ten;
  • describe prenatal development with respect to:
  • a) defining pre-embryonic period, embryonic period, and fetal period;
    b) describing influences on development;
    c) listing forms of prenatal testing;
    d) describing genetic counseling and prevention of birth defects;
  • compare birthing practices in all cultural communities with respect to:
  • a) pain and labor
    b) labor and delivery practices;
    c) care of newborn after birth; and
    d) screening with respect to factors and risks to infants;
  • analyze infant personality in terms of:
  • a) theories of personality, theories of temperament, and development of self;
  • identify typical and atypical development with respect to social/emotional, physical, cognitive, language and cultural/spiritual development from prenatal to age ten;
  • recognize atypical development from conception to birth by:
  • a) describing chromosomal and other heredity disorders;
    b) describing growth before birth, birth defects, diagnosis and fetal therapy;
    c) describing the birth process;
  • compare premature and small for dates infants;
  • list factors that affect the developing child;
  • describe developmental disabilities with regards to causes, characterization, treatments and therapies;
  • outline the importance of early intervention; and
  • describe the rights of infants and toddlers as well as children with exceptionalities in regards to abuse, neglect and exploitation in a daycare setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Batshaw, M L. Children with disabilities. Current edition. Baltimore, MD. Brooks Publishing Co.
  • Howard, V. F., Williams, B. F, Lepper C. Very young children with special needs: A formative approach for today‚Äôs child. Current edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ. Merrill/Pearson/Prentice Hall.
  • Whitman, B. Y. Accardo, P. J., & Behr, S. K. Dictionary of developmental disabilities terminology. Current edition. Baltimore, MD. Brooks Publishing Co.



  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Education Council approved October 31, 2012.