Course Content and Outcome Guide for ECE 193

Course Number:
ECE 193
Course Title:
Advocacy in Early Ed.
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Course Description

Issues in early education and family studies (affordability, funding, quality, compensation, accessibility, and so forth) provoke impassioned responses and a desire to effect change. This course explores the role of advocacy in the field of early education and family studies. In contributing to real-life (self-selected) advocacy efforts students will learn effective advocacy techniques, plan an advocacy project, and review lobbying and legislative processes. 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€¦
1.      Explain the role of advocacy in the field of early education and family studies.
2.      Examine characteristics of a successful advocate.
3.      Examine characteristics of effective advocacy campaigns.
4.      Describe the legislative process at the community, state, and national levels.
5.      Plan, implement and evaluate advocacy efforts based on a self-selected advocacy project.

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)

  1. Issues in early education and family studies provoking advocacy efforts.
  2. Characteristics of a successful advocate.
  3. Characteristics of a successful advocacy campaign.
  4. Advocacy and communication.
  5. The legislative process (local, state, national) and lobbying.
  6. Advocacy opportunities in the Portland vicinity and in the state of Oregon.