Great Basin College

Early Childhood Education

ECE 190 Professionalism in Early Care & Education

3 credit course

 Instructor: Lynette Macfarlan, M.A., Edu.

Webcampus Email

Phone: 753-2239

Spring 2012


No Prerequisites




On-line classes require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.  You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, being organized, completing assignments within the required time-frame and staying on schedule. You are encouraged to contact the Technology-Help desk for assistance when needed at 753-2167 or through e-mail:  The Technology Help Desk is open from 7AM -10 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays.  All GBC sites have lab aides on staff to assist students.  You are encouraged to attend a Webcampus Workshop. Please call the Help Desk to inquire about training dates and times. 





Ren-Etta Sullivan, Debra, (2006).  Learning to Lead, 2nd Edition.  Merrill Education/Redleaf

        Press College Textbook Series. ISBN: 978-1-60554-018-4


Articles: Posted in Learning Modules





This course focuses on professionalism in Early Childhood Education including knowing about and upholding ethical and professional standards related to early childhood practice; involvement in the early childhood field through professional organizations and activities; principles of effective leadership and advocacy for working with young children and their families.





The Great Basin College Book Store is located in the Community Center building adjacent to Café X.  The GBC Book Store number is 753-2270.  Books can be purchased on-line at   





The best means of communication for on-line courses is through Webcampus e-mail. It is essential that all students check their e-mail at least twice a week for updates from the instructor.  If the instructor sends an e-mail to individual students or the class as a whole, a response of acknowledgement is expected. If a problem arises with any aspect of the course, contact the instructor immediately.  If the problem is technical in nature, it is important to contact the instructor and the GBC Help Desk.  Students are encouraged to contact the instructor with ideas of interest, questions or concerns at any time.





            Students must:


·         have and maintain a virus-free computer.


·         have knowledge of Windows and file handling.


·         be able to access the class website through Webcampus.


·         have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.



·         have an alternative solution for back-up if computer dysfunction occurs: GBC Computer Lab, GBC Library, or a friend’s computer.


·         submit all assignments through the appropriate drop-box. Assignments submitted through e-mail will not be accepted.


·         submit all assignments in a timely manner. Due dates will not be changed to accommodate students who are untimely in submitting their assignments.


·         submit all assignments in an attachment.  Assignments that are not submitted in the form of an attachment will not be accepted with the exception of Discussion Board assignments.  Discussion Board assignments may be written in the drop box.


·         submit all assignments in an APA format.  Those assignments that are submitted without the required heading will not be accepted.





Upon completion of this course students will:


  1. research and discuss the importance of self-sufficiency and interdependence in Early Childhood Education.  

#1 Quiz

Reflective Essay/Survival Kit

Culminating Paper

  1. compare and contrast motivational theories through research and personal leadership interactions.


#2 Quiz

Reflective Essay/Reading Assignment

Interview a Leader

Discussion Board


  1. practice effective communication strategies and determine the ways in which verbal and non-verbal communication differ.

# 3 Quiz

Reflective Essay/Interview

Discussion Board

Interview a Leader

4.      explore principles of effective

            leadership and advocacy for

            young children and the early

            childhood profession through

            researching public policy.

# 4 Quiz

Reflective Essay/Research

Discussion Board

Culminating Paper



  1. examine strategies for team

      building with peers, the

      community and families.



# 5 Quiz

Reflective Essay/Research

Discussion Board

Interview  a Leader

Culminating Paper






The learning outcomes will be met through a variety of learning experiences, which include the following:



·         Internet Research  

·         Student Interaction                                                                 

·         Creation & Application   

·         Power Point Presentations

·         Weekly Reading Assignments




·         Chapter Quizzes

·         Reflective Essays

·         Interview Leaders                                                              

·         Internet Research    

·         Discussion Board                                                              

·         Application: Survival Kits





1.   Participation is very important since students will be responsible for reading material, participating in discussions, and reading posted lectures presented by the instructor weekly. This class requires that work be completed each week.  Each student must contact the instructor in advance if he or she will not be participating in the class. These absences will only be approved for an extreme family emergency and/or personal illness.  A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by contacting the instructor and completing a withdrawal form.  If students do not formally withdraw from the class, an “F” will be given at the end of the course.


2.   All required reading assignments should be completed weekly so that students can actively participate in assigned Discussion Board interactions and complete assignments and quizzes with a successful outcome. Procrastination may result in failure!


3.   Assignments must be turned in by specified dates.  Weekly assignments are due on Mondays at 8 A.M. Late assignments will not be accepted and due dates will not be changed. 


4.    Written assignments must:

·        be typed, double-spaced, organized, and neatly formatted.  All assignments must be submitted with an APA heading.

·        be grammatically correct.  Correct spelling, grammar and format are expected.  Remember to use spell check and proof your work before posting assignments. 

·        be submitted as an attachment and posted in the appropriate drop-box.  Assignments will not be accepted if they are posted through e-mail.





This course will officially begin on January 23, 2012.  All assignments are due on Monday at 8:00 A.M. An assignment is due each week throughout the semester.  Reflective Essay questions will be alternated with chapter quizzes every other week. The Reflective Essay Questions will serve as a progressive final. There will be no final at the end of the course. There will a graded Discussion Board assignment in Chapter 2 and Chapter 4. Please read the Introductory Letter which is posted on the Course Content page.  Note: It is important to access all of your lessons through the Learning Modules. The Learning Modules are located on the Home Page of the course. They can also be accessed by clicking on Course Content. When you click on the Learning Module for each week, you will find a sequenced list of required assignments. If you follow this procedure, you will not miss any of your assignments including the chapter quizzes.










Assignments Due:


Purchase Book and examine the On-Line Class.


Please do not attempt to take this class without your text book.


Contact your instructor with specific questions through Webcampus E-mail.


Remember to check your e-mail weekly!


Under no circumstances will I change due dates! Assignments that are submitted late will receive a “0”.

Read Introductory Letter and Syllabus throughly. (Home Page)


Complete Assignment for Week # 1.


Introduction of Self, Week 1

Important: All required papers for this course must be double-spaced and written in an APA or MLA format. Please do not write in the drop box. All assignments, with the exception of Discussion Board responses, must be posted as attachments. If your assignments are not posted as attachments, they will not be accepted. Points may be deducted for grammar and spelling errors. Proof your work before submission. 

Write 2 a page paper introducing yourself to your instructor. Specific instructions are located in the Learning Modules. 

Reflective Essay Question:


Introduction of Self
















Due:  Monday, February 6th by 8:00 am


Introduction to Professionalism

Read Introduction 


Review Power Point


Complete Survey: Are you a Well-Rounded Leader?


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions





Due: February 13th by 8 am



Chapter 1

Read Ch. 1


Review Power Point


Complete Quiz






Due: Monday, February 20th by 8 am



Chapter 1

Review Ch. 1


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, February 27th by 8:00 AM



Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Review Power Point


Complete Quiz


Don’t Forget: 1st

Discussion Board




Discussion Board:  You must respond to a minimum of 3 other students to receive credit


Due: Monday, March 5th by 8:00 AM


Chapter 2

Review Ch. 2


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions



Due: Monday, March 12th by 8:00 AM


Chapter 3

Read Ch. 3


Review Power Point


Complete Quiz


(2 weeks)

Due: Monday, March 26th by 8:00 AM


Chapter 3

Spring Break: March 26 – April 1


No Assignment April 2nd

Review Ch. 3


Read Article: Ten Teamwork Terminators and Some Sure Cures


Read Article: Building a Community Culture Among Teachers


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions





Due: Monday, April 4th by

8 am


Chapter 4

Read Ch. 4


Review Power Point


Don’t Forget: 2nd

Discussion Board



Complete Quiz



Discussion Board:  You must respond to a minimum of 3 other students to receive credit


Due: Monday, April 9th by

8 am


Chapter 4

Review Ch. 4


Read Article: Distributed Leadership


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions


Due: Monday, April 16th by

8 am


Chapter 5

Read Ch. 5


Review Power Point


Complete Quiz



Due: Monday, April 23rd by

8 am


Chapter 5

Review Ch. 5


Read Article: Spreading the Wealth: Leadership at All Levels


Complete Reflective Essay Questions

Reflective Essay Questions:  Refer back to the initial survey you completed in Chapter 2, Are you a well-rounded leader? How have you grown since the beginning of this course?


Due: Monday, April 30th by

8 am

Prepare for Final Paper.

Read Article: Professionalism: The Missing Ingredient for Excellence in the Workplace


Begin writing Culminating Paper: Honoring Professionalism, My Personal Responsibility


See details in Webcampus!

Reflective Essay Questions: Final Submission

(See details in  Webcampus)



Work on Final Essay Questions



Due: Friday, May 7th at 12:00 PM


Course Ends!







Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and the degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.


  • Reflective Essay Questions:  There will be 8 sets of reflective essays questions given during the course of the semester. The Final Essay will include a culminating paper. Details for the final paper will be discussed in Webcampus. The essays will be diverse in nature and will include personal reflections, analysis of chapter information, interviews and small projects activities to include the creation of Survival Kits: Teachers Survival Kit, Team Builders Survival Kit, Wellness Survival Kit, Stress Busters Survival Kit or New Teachers Survival Kit. Details will be discussed in each chapter assignment.

40 points each = 320 points 



  • Discussion Board Assignments:  Students are required to complete two Discussion Board assignments. A set of reflective questions will be posed in the Discussion Board area for Chapters 2 and 4. In order to receive the maximum number of points, students must respond to a minimum of three other students. The instructor tracks the responses and is fully aware of all contact or lack thereof between students within the Discussion Board. The responses must be completed in a neat, concise and understandable format.  All Discussion Board essays must be a minimum of 3 fully developed and thoughtful paragraphs. It is not necessary to submit your response as an attachment. However, each Discussion Board submission must be based on chapter information, additional research and written in an understandable and articulate manner. 40 points each = 80 points



  • Quizzes: There will be a total of 5 quizzes: Matching, True/False and Multiple Choice.  The quizzes will cover chapter information, therefore it is imperative that you read and process the information in your reading assignments.  The quizzes will not be timed. Students can take each chapter quiz up to 2 times to earn a higher score.  Each quiz is worth 20 points per chapter. 20 points each = 100 points



·        Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A positive can-do attitude will have a direct affect on personal growth and academic progress. Discussion Board interaction, timely submission of assignments and responding to your instructor through Webcampus e-mail are imperative for receiving points in this category.  100 points




 Point System


Use this space to keep track of your own progress in the class.  Record the points you receive for each assignment and calculate your letter grade as the semester progresses.  Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, or concerns about the course. 






Your Score

Introduction of Self 

Reflective Essay


40 Points


Introduction to Course

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points


Chapter # 1

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points


Chapter # 2

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points


Chapter # 3

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points


Chapter # 4

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points

Chapter # 5

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points

Final Paper 

Reflective Essay Questions                           

40 Points

2 Discussion Boards @ 40 Points

 80 Points

5 Quizzes @ 20 Points


100 Points


Participation and Positive Attitude                                         



100 Points

600 points







90 - 100 %

540 - 600


80 -  89%

480 - 539


70 -  79%  

420 - 479


60 -  69%

360 - 419


 0 -   59%

  0 - 359

Calculate your letter grade at any time by dividing the total points accumulated by the total points possible to calculate the letter grade

For Example:    480/600  = 80% or an “B”







Policy of Academic Integrity:  GBC subscribes to the traditional policy of academic integrity:  students are expected to be honest.  Students are expected to do their own work.  Students who plagiarize or commit academic dishonesty are violating the standards of academic integrity and are subject to consequences ranging from failing the assignment or course to dismissal from the institution.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s own.  When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.  In academically honest writing or speaking, the students will acknowledge the source whenever…


·        another person’s actual words are quoted.


·        another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student’s own words.


·        facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is common knowledge.





Great Basin College supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students.  Please contact the ADA officer in Elko at 753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.





I, Lynette Macfarlan, promise to expect nothing more of you, the student, than I, the instructor, expect of myself.  Freedom of speech, thought and learning are a responsibility and right of all participants in this class.  Respect and privacy are assumed.  At times the character of this course material may be of a personal nature, please treat your classmates as you wish to be treated.