Standard 7: Sample Syllabi

This sample syllabus provides ideas for resources, activities, readings, and assignments, aligned with the Initial Practice-based Professional Preparation Standards for Early Interventionists/Early Childhood Special Educators (2020) and DEC Recommended Practices (2014). Consider state and university policies and add them as appropriate. This is a sample only and is not a complete syllabus; nor is it intended to suggest that the standard would be addressed in only one course in the curriculum.

Sample Syllabus Standard 7 Professionalism and Ethical Practice

Standard 7: Learning Activities

The projects or assignments require learners to apply the practices/skills related to Standard 7: Professional and Ethical Practice. Since these are application activities, they most align with the evidence-based practices for adult learners of authentic learning, reflection, guidance, performance feedback, and follow-up activities.  The sample learning activities are organized by the four components for Standard 7.

Component 7.1

Issues in the EI/ECSE Profession:  Select one issue or trend in the EI/ECSE profession. Search the recommended peer-reviewed journals and locate three research-based articles and two practitioner-based articles that discuss the selected issue/trend. Create an annotated bibliography for each selected source. Each annotation should include the main points of the source and a reflection on how the source fits with your thoughts about the selected issue/trend. Use APA formatting for your references.

EI/ECSE Professional Association/Technical Assistance Websites:  Visit the websites below for professional organizations and technical assistance centers specific to EI/ECSE.  Each is included in the list of websites in the syllabus.  Review each website and the links that are relevant to you as a current or future professional in EI/ECSE.

Respond to the following:

  • Identify two of the websites that seem to be most relevant to you currently.
  • Identify 2-3 links from each website that would be most helpful to you now.
  • For each of the two websites, provide a brief paragraph explaining how you would use the information from the website and the selected links now.

 

Component 7.1

Self-Reflection and Professional Growth Plan: Plan a small group activity in which you will use naturalistic and systematic instructional practices. Record yourself implementing the activity. Watch the video and complete both the Naturalistic Instructional Practices Checklist and the Systematic Instructional Practices Checklist.

Review the results and identify one practice from each checklist that you want to improve. Develop a Professional Growth Plan (PGP) using the two practices you identified. Include the following in your PGP:

  • One goal and one objective per practice
  • An activity or activities in which you will engage to improve each practice
  • The person(s) responsible (i.e., you and anyone else that you may ask to assist in some way such as an observer)
  • Resources needed (e.g., video vignettes demonstrating the practice)
  • One or two outcome/s per practice (e.g., what will happen because of improved practice)

Component 7.3

Advocacy Journal: Create an advocacy journal and document your advocacy journey during the course. Seek out experiences that expand on course topics, support the use of evidence-based and recommended practices, and involve advocating for improved outcomes for young children, families, and the EI/ECSE profession.

Component 7.4

Legislation and the Impact on Children and Families: Describe legislation that impacts young children and their families. Choose three different pieces of federal legislation.  For each, include the title, a brief description, required services, and the impact on young children and their families. In addition, think about what you need to know and be able to do as an EI/ECSE professional to implement services described within the laws/legislation you choose for the assignment.

The websites below provide information for two federal laws.

  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website brings together IDEA information and resources. Parent rights are described in IDEA also. https://sites.ed.gov/idea/
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination based on disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations (Title III), commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. Title III regulations impact childcare and preschool programs. Learn more at the ADA website: https://www.ada.gov/index.html

EI/ECSE Ethical Dilemmas:  You will be assigned two vignettes from Focus on Ethics, a NAEYC resource that reflects the best thinking anchored by the question “What should an ethical early childhood educator do?”

Read the two vignettes. For each ethical dilemma, respond in writing to the following:

  • Describe the ethical dilemma for each vignette.
  • Identify theDEC Code of Ethics position statement/s that you might use in addressing each ethical dilemma.
  • From the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment, identify the ideal and principle that you might use in addressing this ethical dilemma.
  • Write a two to three (2-3) paragraph rationale for each ethical dilemma as to why you chose the DEC Code of Ethics statement and the NAEYC ideal and principle.

EI/ECSE Ethical Dilemmas: Assignment description: You will be assigned two vignettes from Focus on Ethics, a NAEYC resource that reflects the best thinking anchored by the question “What should an ethical early childhood educator do?”

Read the two vignettes. For each ethical dilemma, respond in writing to the following:

  • Describe the ethical dilemma for each vignette.
  • Identify the DEC Code of Ethics position statement/s that you might use in addressing each ethical dilemma.
  • From the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment, identify the ideal and principle that you might use in addressing this ethical dilemma.
  • Write a two to three (2-3) paragraph rationale for each ethical dilemma as to why you chose the DEC Code of Ethics’ statement/s and the NAEYC ideal and principle.

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Activity Bank

*New* Tip sheet: Enhancing Family-Provider Partnerships During COVID-19  Enhancing Family-Provider Partnerships
Tips for Providers: Providing & Coordinating EI Remotely Tips for Providers: What to say to Families
Tips for Providers: Providing & Coordinating EI Remotely (What will it look like?) Tips for Providers: What will a Remote Visit Look Like?
Tips for Families: Receiving Remote EI Services Tips for Families Flyer .pdf What is Remote EI

Consejos para Familias .pdf What is Remote EI? (Spanish)

Tips for Families: How to prepare for a Remote EI Visit Tips for Families: .pdf Preparing for the Visit

TConsejos para Familias: .pdf Preparing for the Visit (Spanish)

ECPC Course Enhancement Modules E-Learning Lessons, Practice Guides & Resources 
CONNECT Modules CONNECT Modules and Courses
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center Framework for reflective questioning / The Coaching Quick Reference Guide - .pdf
Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center Tools of Trade
OCALI (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities) (note: you must login but it is free) Suite of Resources for Early Childhood Professionals
Public Consulting Group Use of telehealth in early intervention (IDEA Part C)
Protecting Student Privacy

U.S. Department of Education

Student Privacy 101

FERPA and the Coronavirus Disease 2019

FERPA and Virtual Learning

Edelman, L. (2020). Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic Planning for the Use of Video Conferencing for Early Intervention Home Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic
CEC Hosted Webinar with Resources Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19
National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management Utah State University Welcome to the Tele-Intervention Learning Courses
Lisa Dieker & Rebecca Hines UCF - Podcasts for Part B/619 Coordinators Series of Podcasts: teaching online, inclusion, etc.
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations - May Newsletter Pyramid in the Time of COVID-19