Early Childhood Education/Child Development Curriculum Alignment Project 24 Semester Unit Foundational Course Pattern

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Patty Dilko
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Whereas, Early Childhood Education/Child Development (ECE/CD) faculty members from community colleges and California State Universities (CSUs) began meeting through the Intersegmental Major Preparation Articulated Curriculum (IMPAC) project from 2003-2006 and identified areas of curricular improvement and intersegmental transfer alignment;

Whereas, Two specific objectives of IMPAC were: the creation of a common understanding of the major preparation including key components of the lower division curriculum; and the establishment of a system of state and regional intersegmental faculty dialogues, by discipline and among related disciplines, to address curriculum issues related to articulation and transfer;

Whereas, Faculty members from 86 community colleges and six CSUs continued to meet and confer through the Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP), developing a faculty initiated project with a steering committee, state agency council, and advisory committee which convened over 300 faculty in statewide meetings and work sessions; and

Whereas, Community college ECE/CD faculty members participating in the CAP Project have reached consensus to recommend a competency-based set of foundational courses equaling 24 semester units; and the recommendations are endorsed by the California Community Colleges Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE) organization;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges acknowledge the intrepid collaboration that the Early Childhood/Child Development faculty members have modeled through this statewide project; and

Resolved, That the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges support the Early Childhood/Child Development Curriculum Alignment Project by endorsing these 24 semester units of coursework as the basis for Early Childhood Education/Child Development certificate and degree programs. MSC Disposition: Early Childhood Educators, Local Senates