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ECE 218

A study of infants and toddlers from pre-conception to age three, including physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional growth and development. The course applies theoretical frameworks to interpret behavior and interactions between heredity and environment, emphasizing the role of family and relationships in development. (CSU)
3.0 Units. 3 lecture hrs/wk.
No prerequisite.

My Virtual Child

My Virtual Child

My Virtual Child is an interactive web-based simulation that allows you to raise a child from birth to age 18 and monitor the effects of your parenting decisions over time. Students in ECE 218 will use this program to raise a baby from birth to age three.


College of Marin's Early Childhood Education Program

Early childhood education (ECE) is the study of child development and developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Career paths chosen by students pursuing undergraduate studies in ECE commonly include infant/toddler or preschool teachers and administrators. Careers in the discipline that generally require graduate-level degrees include administrators of government funded programs like Head Start and state preschools. Even students who choose not to major in ECE find that coursework in the field improves their parenting skills.

College of Marin's ECE curriculum includes course offerings that provide a general overview of the discipline, as well as teaching strategies that are developmentally appropriate for young children. Students earning ECE certificates may also choose to continue their study toward an associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in the field. Students earning an associate's degree in ECE may pursue entry-level positions as preschool teachers or may choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor's or graduate degree. COM has transfer agreements with CSUSB, in this discipline/program. However, transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution; students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university. 

Students who want to enroll in ECE classes are urged to see a counselor at College of Marin before enrolling – or at least within the first semester of enrollment.  College of Marin Counselors help students develop an education plan that takes into account individual circumstances and creates an effective and efficient path toward achieving a student’s goals while at College of Marin.

ECE Full-Time Faculty:
Peggy Dodge, or 415-485-7369
Shaquam Edwards, or 415-485-9613


 For a complete list of ECE faculty and staff and more
information about COM's Early Childhood Education program,

Library Guide

With assistance from ECE/ Child Development faculty and community college librarians from around the state, we're creating LibGuides for Early Childhood Education courses taught at College of Marin.These LibGuides provide content and links tailored to meet the needs of the California Community College students taking these courses, and should prove useful to all California Community College ECE students. They may also provide useful information to anyone working with young children.
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