- Course Number:
- ECE 193
- Course Title:
- Advocacy in Early Ed.
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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
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
- Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
- Complete written observations and assignments
- Complete a reflective journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Issues in early education and family studies provoking advocacy efforts.
- Characteristics of a successful advocate.
- Characteristics of a successful advocacy campaign.
- Advocacy and communication.
- The legislative process (local, state, national) and lobbying.
- Advocacy opportunities in the Portland vicinity and in the state of Oregon.