2. A. Course Title: Professionalism
    B. Course Number: ED 112 - 10489
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M 7:15:00 PM - 8:15:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 2
    F. Instructor: Marquez, Dianne
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 107A
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2841
    J. Office Hours: By appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): Recommendation: Exempting Compass score –or— completion of/enrollment in Review of English I and/or II
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: MH126

    This course provides a broad-based orientation to the field of early care and education. Early childhood history, philosophy, ethics, and advocacy are introduced. Basic principles of early childhood systems are explored. Multiple perspectives on early care and education are introduced. Professional responsibilities such as cultural responsiveness and reflective practice are examined. This is a two credit hour course.


    This course fulfills New Mexico Junior College’s education requirement for a vocational certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in early childhood education. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Young Children by Feeney, Stephanie(ISBN: 978-0-13-706470-0)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    Assignments - 6 @ 50pts each = 300 points
    Final Exam = 100 points

    Total Points Possible - 400 points possible


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    This course should offer information on how to incorporate professional standards into teaching in the field of early childhood education. Students should learn strategies that improve their ability to work with other teachers, professionals, and families. Students in this course also should understand the legal regulations and issues involved in early childhood education.

    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:

    Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    By the conclusion of the course, the student is expected to have a foundational knowledge and developed abilities in the following areas:

    • Recognize signs of emotional distress, child abuse, and neglect in young children and use procedures appropriate to the situation, such as initiating discussions with families, referring to appropriate professionals, and, in cases of suspected abuse or neglect, reporting to designated authorities. (B.4)

    • Demonstrate ability to communicate to families the program's policies, procedures, and thos procedural safeguards that are mandated by state and federal regulations. (C.11)

    • Use both self and collaborative evaluations as part of ongoing program evaluations (F.12)

    • Demonstrate ability to adhere to early childhood professional codes of ethical conduct and issues of confidentiality. (G.1)

    • Demonstrate awareness of federal, state, and local regulations, and public policies regarding programs and services for children birth through eight years of age. (G.2)

    • Demonstrate understanding of conditions of children, families, and professionals; the historical and current issues and trends; legal issues; and legislation and other public policies affecting children, families, and programs for young children and the early childhood profession. (G.3)

    • Demonstrate critical reflection of one's own professional and educational practices from community, state, national, and global perspectives. (G.4)

    • Demonstrate understanding of the early childhood profession, its multiple historical, philosophical, and social foundations, and how these foundations influence current thought and practice. (G.5)

    • Demonstrate knowledge in technology resources to engage in ongoing professional development. (G.7)


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Week 1
    Syllabus & History of Early Childhood Education

    Week 2
    Behaving Like a Professional & Personal Attributes

    Week 3
    Spring Break

    Week 4
    Ethics & NAEYC Code

    Week 5
    Legislation and Public Policy & Current Issues

    Week 6
    Child Abuse Awareness & Doing Your Best for Children

    Week 7
    Educational Philosophy

    Week 8
    Professional Organizations

    Finals Week - Final Exam

    **Note: The preceding information may be changed at the discretion of the instructor as needed or warranted.**