Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 (Pre K) through Grade 3


  2. A. Course Title: Curriculum Development and Implementation: Age 3 (Pre K) through Grade 3
    B. Course Number: ED 223C - 10454
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);1:30:00 PM-02:30:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-12:30:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: Office times will vary due to teacher observations conducted off campus.
    If you would like to meet with me but are unable to during my regular office hours (above), I will be happy to schedule an appointment with you.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): ED 212 - Practicum II
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    The curriculum course focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum content in early childhood programs, age 3 through third grade. Development and implementation of curriculum in all content areas, including literacy, numeracy, the arts, health and emotional wellness, science, motor and social skills is emphasized. Information on adapting content areas to meet the needs of children with special needs and the development of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) is included. This is a three credit hour course. Corequisite: ED 212 Curriculum Development and Implementation Practicum: Age 3 (Pre K) through Grade 3


    This course is part of New Mexico Junior College’s education requirements for a certificate in early childhood education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in early childhood education. This course is also a part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Title: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
    Author: Kostelnik, Marjorie J.
    ISBN: 978-0134747675
    Edition: 7th
    Publisher: Pearson

    Supplies for creating activities will be discussed throughout the semester


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Note: The following information may be adjusted, as needed, at the discretion of the instructor.





    Practice Tests

    (12) 10 points ea.


    (5 or more) Assignments = 25 - 100 points ea.

    (8 or more) Discussions = 20 points ea. - Online students

    Attendance/Participation Grade will be recorded for Face-to-face classes


    (6) Tests (2 chapters per test)

    Those with an A average may be exempt from Final Exam

    Lowest grade dropped at end of semester


    1. Grading Schedule: Depending on the amount of detail in a written assignment, students can normally expect to have written assignments graded within one to two weeks. Some assignments will be returned more quickly, especially if the information is needed for a subsequent assignment. Exams are graded upon submission, so students will be able to see their scores and the questions missed immediately.

    2. Course Grades: Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted. The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized. Final Grades can also be seen through the T-Bird Web-Portal on the NMJC webpage.

    3. Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).


    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis.


    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible. I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you. If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first. A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the RegistrarˇÇs Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an F. Please note that it is the studentˇÇs responsibility to do so, not the instructorˇÇs.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico Junior College supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning”. Our goal is to help students become successful teachers or professionals in fields related to working with young children (birth through 8-years-old). The following will be emphasized in this course and throughout the program:
    • Children’s developmental progress toward competence, interdependence, and socialization
    • The nature of the relationship of children and their teacher as an active learning community, connected to the larger community around them
    • The importance of relationships and communication as teachers collaborate with families and children toward academic success
    • Early childhood curriculum which focuses on children as engaged, excited, curious, and intensely involved in learning experiences that are meaningful to them
    • Early childhood environments grounded in reciprocal relationships with caring teachers who provide authentic learning experiences

    New Mexico Junior College's Education Department uses the Core Competencies established by the Higher Education Department in the State of New Mexico. By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

    -Analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    - Express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    - Use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    - Employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    -Integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    -Engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    Upon completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency (included in NM Common Core Competencies for Early Childhood professionals):
    • Use appropriate guidance to support the development of self-regulatory capacities in young children. A.11
    • Demonstrate the integration of knowledge of how young children develop and learn with knowledge of the concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas appropriate for different developmental levels. D.2
    • Demonstrate knowledge of what is important in each content area, why it is of value, and how it links with early and later understandings within and across areas. D.3
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the language, reading and writing components of emergent literacy at each developmental level. D.4
    • Adapt content to meet the needs of each child, including the development of individualized family service plans (IFSP) or individualized education plans (IEP) for children with diverse abilities through the team process with families and other team members. D.6
    • Demonstrate knowledge of varying program models and learning environments that meet the individual needs of all young children, including those with diverse abilities. E.1
    • Create environments that encourage active involvement, initiative, responsibility, and a growing sense of autonomy through the selection and use of materials and equipment that are suitable to individual learning, developmental levels, diverse abilities, and the language and cultures in New Mexico. E.2
    • Create and manage inclusive learning environments that provide individual and cooperative opportunities for children to construct their own knowledge through various strategies that include decision-making, problem solving, and inquiry experiences. E.4
    • Demonstrate understanding that each child’s creative expression is unique and can be encouraged through diverse ways, including creative play. E.5
    • Plan blocks of uninterrupted time for children to persist at self-chosen activities, both indoors and outdoors. E.6
    • Demonstrate understanding of the influence of the physical setting, schedule, routines, and transitions on children and use these experiences to promote children’s development and learning. E.7
    • Demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate uses of technology, including assistive technology. E.12
    • Demonstrate knowledge of assessment techniques, interpretation of assessment information in the application of this data to curriculum development of intervention planning. F.9


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


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