BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

AECE-102 - Early Years Development I - 3.00 Credits

AECE-102 - Early Years Development I - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
The overall goal of AECE 102 is that students will be introduced to child development, learn popular theories, and explore Aboriginal birthing practices and Aboriginal child-rearing practice to age two. AECE 102 will ensure students are aware of development within a holistic framework.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate - AECE Year 1 Fall Courses
  • Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate - Year 1 Fall
  • Prerequisites : Program admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Class Participation, attendance, discussion - 9%. Chapter Quizzes, after each of the first 7 Chapters, 3 % each - 21%. Mid-Term Exam, written in the first week of October - 20%. Essay/Project, due the first week in November - 20%. Final Exam - 30%. Detailed descriptions of each assignment will be provided, including guidelines and expectations outlined. It is important to follow these expectations carefully and clarify with the instructor should the need arise. Quizzes can be written at only one opportunity, which is at the beginning of each class where one is scheduled. Guiding principles throughout the program are determined by the group and NVIT policy. Consciousness raising, reciprocal learning and co-operation within and Aboriginal context are emphasized within the NVIT AECE certificate program. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the major theories of human development as related to the early years of life;

  • define a general understanding of the scientific methods used in the study of human development;

  • identify details regarding the genetic principles evident in conception, and the consequences of those genetic principals;

  • describe the sequence of human development during pregnancy;

  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the birthing process and the complications that can arise from both pregnancy and birth;

  • describe traditional Aboriginal birthing practices;

  • describe the social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development during the first two years of life;

  • describe the history and importance of Jordan's principle;

  • identify the current state of Aboriginal health in regards to infant mortality, maternal health, life expectancy, birth rates, and infant health issues for the first two years of life;

  • describe traditional Aboriginal child-rearing practice up to the age of three; and,

  • demonstrate an understanding of the issues related to development during the first two years of life.
  • Berk, L. E. (1998). Development Through the Lifespan. Allyn & Bacon, A Viacom Company. Needham Heights, MA.
  • The Four Worlds International Institute for Human and Community Development. et al. (1989). Sacred Tree. Third Edition. Four World Development Project. Lotus Light Publications. Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
  • American Psychological Association. (2001). PUBLICATION MANUAL: of the American Psychological Association. fifth edition. American Psychological Association. Washington, DC.

  • -all 3 texts are also used for AECE 201 - Child Development II.
    - Textbook # 3 is used for all other AECE courses.


    Instructors Handouts:
  • Daily Reaction Sheet (to be photocopied and handed out on a daily basis if feedback is required)

  • Course feedback form
  • 3. NVIT Vision and Mission Statement
  • NVIT Plagiarism Policy
  • AECE – BC Code of Ethics
  • Poem: “Children Learn What They Live”

  • Note: Students are expected to acquire all of the above texts and readings prior to the start of the first class. They should begin to familiarize themselves with the introductory chapters and general content of the texts. Students will be required to do some preliminary readings before the first class. The student may need to keep the texts as resources for other AECE courses.
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    The basic knowledge of Competencies in Early Childhood Education as outlined by the B.C. Ministry of Education and Community Social Service Employers Association serve as the basis for student performance, evaluation, and practice. The competencies refer to expected levels of student performance that demonstrate the ability to meet the needs and promote the growth and development of children, and to effectively organize, evaluate, make decisions utilizing theory within the discipline of Early Childhood Development.

    All NVIT policies are applicable including; attendance, plagiarism, student conduct and grading apply to AECE 101. All assignments must relate to the PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES as noted within the course guide in order to obtain credit. The student is required to demonstrate proficiency in all of the competency areas. Reading the text and articles prior to class will assist in the familiarity of the topic and questions may be formed prior to class for clarification. Please see instructor to assist in learning/teaching techniques that may prove beneficial.

    Education Council approved October 2012.