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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, Inc. | Evaluated Learning Experience

Classroom Management: Curriculum Instruction, Observation, and Assessment (250)

Formerly Classroom Management [250]
Course Category: 

Version 1 and 2: 48 hours (6 weeks) plus additional pre-recorded video content.

Various child care facilities associated with the Caritas Training Center.

Version 1: April 1996 - April 2023. Version 2: May 2023 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: introduce developmentally appropriate activities in an actual classroom setting based on concepts, philosophy and approach presented in the course; observe and record outcomes in child development, and write and implement appropriate lesson plans for each curriculum area; create a healthy, safe, welcoming learning environment for infants, toddlers, or preschoolers; present and adapt materials for individual children with or without disabilities; recognize signs of suspected child abuse and follow correct guidelines for reporting; establish relationships with parents who are supportive of the child in a social learning environment; and complete all required documentation with accuracy. Version 2: Students will be able to: identify characteristics of the classroom based upon respect, observation, and preparation; utilize objective observational techniques and to compare and revise present practices to better meet the needs of the children in their classrooms; define positive discipline, manage a balance of positive guidance and freedom in the classroom, and identify needed interventions; plan and implement a cycle of planning and tracking that supports reflection and feedback;  apply the goals of dialogic reading to support critical thinking skills; identify developmental delays and to create individual approaches to support needed skills; recognize the signs of abuse and neglect and to participate in parental understanding of what NYS identifies as abuse; create nutritional activities that promote better health among children according to federal guidelines; observe and revise indoor and outdoor practices that may be unhealthy or unsafe; identify and support age appropriate understanding of moral development; record learning outcomes in social, emotional, physical and cognitive areas using theories of development found in the ideas of the key educational theorists; and plan changes in the learning environment which best serve developing needs.


Version 1 and 2: This course prepares students to manage the day-to-day requirements of an Early Childhood Head Start or Day Care classroom, including respect, observation, and preparation. Respect for children, for parents, for fellow staff members, and supervisors is a goal that is built into every session. Students are introduced to multiple forms of observation that are the basis for the preparation of the learning and social environment. The areas of preparation cover the environment, discipline/positive guidance, planning and recording, communication, and staff development. Health, safety, nutrition, and working with exceptional needs children are a focus of the course. Components of the course are also geared to providing freedom, structure and order, reality and nature, beauty and atmosphere, leading to the development of a community of children. Topics include: starting the year; arrangement of the classroom; discipline/positive guidance techniques; health and safety procedures; program planning; record keeping; team building; and maintenance of materials. Students make three observational visits to several local Montessori programs and prepare child studies and classroom management reports.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Montessori Education (6/00) (8/06 revalidation) (11/11 revalidation) (11/16 revalidation). Version 2: In the associate/certificate degree category OR in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Education, or Montessori Education (5/23 revalidation).