Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 173

Course Number:
ECE 173
Course Title:
Children and Loss
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Course Description

Divorce and death in families can have a profound effect on young children. Development can be impacted across domains. This course examines the effects of loss on children and common developmental outcomes. Strategies and resources for supporting children and families through difficult periods involving separation or the death of a loved one are explored. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course is a 1-credit elective class. The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 €“ 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students will:
·          Articulate common effects of divorce and death on the development and behavior of young children.
·          Identify resources for children and families during difficult times.
·          Identify strategies for supporting children who are experiencing a loss in their lives.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:
  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

·          When a loss occurs: Roles and responses of children, teachers, parents, families.
·          Summary of normal social/emotional development
·          Stages of grieving.
·          Possible behavior or emotional symptoms arising from stress due to loss or changed family structure/circumstances.
·          Community supports and resources for children and families experiencing a loss or change in family structure.