Spring Early Childhood Courses @ DCTC

CURRENT STUDENTS: We’re offering many early childhood courses this spring that may be of interest to you. Spring semester officially begins on Jan. 10th, but registration is currently open. In others words, if you’re looking to obtain a seat in class, now is the time to register – before classes fill! You can find the entire list of offerings and schedules HERE.

 REQUIRED Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
1100 Intro to Early Childhood Careers
1210 Child Growth & Development
1220 Health, Safety, & Nutrition
1230 Guiding Children’s Behaviors
1240 Learning Environments & Curriculum
1325 Observation and Assessment
1340 Curriculum Planning
1510 Practicum I
2320 Children w/ Differing Abilities
2510 Practicum II
2570 Working w/ Diverse Families & Children
2600 Organizational Leadership
2900 Field Experience

ELECTIVE Early Childhood (ECYD) Courses 
2500 Shadow Study
2580 Creative Development Experiences
*Courses that are in the Required list but are not included in your program as required could also be used as Technical Electives.

NEW STUDENTS: Are you considering our Early Childhood program? Wonderful! You’ll want to begin HERE and also contact an early childhood advisor (see below) for registration guidance and access to your program plan. As a tip for spring semester, begin with any developmental courses you may need (English/Math) depending on your Accuplacer assessment results. Otherwise, take your ENGL requirement and other Gen. Eds. You’ll want to take 1100, 1210, and 1220 in fall semester. Doing it in this sequence will get you on the best track for completion.

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WINNER! Free Book Giveaway


Three winners were selected at random for the FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY.

The lucky WINNERS are Lorinda B., Michelle G., and Amy B.!  CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you to all who entered and to GOFFIN STRATEGY GROUP for the wonderful donations!

Child Life Course @ DCTC Spring 2015

Are you in need of one child life class, taught by a CCLS, that meets the 6 requirements put forth by the CLC? We offer such a class at Dakota County Technical College! I have included the steps for what you will need to do to register for our spring semester online child life course- ECYD 2900 Introduction to the Child Life Profession: History and Practice (3cr). This course meets the 6 required components required by the Child Life Council and is taught by a Certified Child Life Specialist. Read more »

Adventures in Eating Recipe #18 (Apple Waldorf Salad)

Apple Waldorf Salad

Adventures in Eating: Role Modeling

When my daughter was three, she created a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. She was so excited to have me try it. Needless to say, I was not very excited to do so!  My daughter was not very adventurous when it came to trying new foods and I knew this was the perfect teachable moment.  Rather than saying, “No, it looks awful”, I said, “I’ve never tried a lettuce, cheese, and ketchup salad. It’s good to try new foods! Let’s give it a try.”

I had taken this opportunity to role model tasting new foods. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or someone who is around young children, it is important for you to remember children are watching what you eat and how active you are. Here are a few tips on how to be a model healthy food choices and physical activity:

role modelBe a Good Food Role Model – Try new foods yourself. Describe its taste, texture, and smell. Offer one new food at a time. Serve something your child likes along with the new food. Offer new foods at the beginning of a meal when your child is very hungry. Avoid Read more »

Career Crossings: 10/10/14

career crossingThis edition of Career Crossings includes career opportunities from Bright Horizons and Way to Grow. Read more »

Safe Sleep

safe sleepIn my Health, Safety, and Nutrition class, we’re in the safety unit which involves not only indoor and outdoor environments, but also safe sleep environments. Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) is the leading cause of death among infants between 1 month and 1 year of age. Find out what you can do to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Learn more HERE.

GIVEAWAY! Free Book for Early Childhood Professionals

Our October guest speaker is sponsoring this month’s giveaway. She’s donated 3 copies of her book, “READY OR NOT.”
Ready or notAfter more than a century of evolution, early childhood care and education in the United States is in transition. In this frank discussion of the field’s purpose, identity, and responsibility, the authors examine the major issues that must be addressed if children are to be given more and better opportunities. They show how adaptive leadership work can unify the field, create openness to new change strategies, generate a shared vision, and build a viable strategy for its achievement.

Enter below for a chance to win.  Read more »

Guest Speaker: Advancing ECE as a Profession

I’m honored this month to introduce Stacie Goffin as our guest speaker. I had the opportunity to hear Stacie speak this past summer about the future of early childhood at an early childhood event. I was moved by her presentation, book, and the conversations it sparked in the professionals around me. Stacie charged each of us to create an action plan for what we could do personally to get the word out and move the profession forward. I immediately thought of the blog and Stacie graciously agreed to be a guest speaker here for us.

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Mondays with ME: FINDING THE RIGHT “SENSORY DIET” (10/6/14)



sensory diet guest Kate BiedermanWhether we’re kids or grown-ups, we all find unique ways to calm ourselves, rouse ourselves or stay focused on a challenging task, and we use all our senses to do so. Whether we splash cold water on our face, listen to rock or Bach, go for a run, suck a peppermint, gnaw on our pencil (or our shirt, like Erin’s son used to), we are creating a “sensory diet” for ourselves. Read more »