Child Development  
CD 127 - Adult Supervision and Mentor Practices


This course is designed for the person who supervises student teachers, assistant teachers, parents and/or volunteers in early childhood or school age centers.  It emphasize the role of the mentor who functions to guide the teaching team while simulataneously addressing the needs of children, parents and staff.

This course also satisfies the adult supervision requirement for the Master Teacher Child Development Permit and eligibility to apply for the California Mentor Teacher Program.

Note that is course is alternately offerred in a full semester in-class format and a compressed 8 week online format.  The syllabus, and some assignments, will be adjusted depending on the format.

All of the work in this class is practical application. 

We will:

  • look at the components of the supervisory process
  • learn about the developmental learning stages of adults
  • learn about our own learning and supervisory style
  • identify and analyze skills that reflect positive interpersonal communication between student teachers, children, assistant teachers, parents and other staff.

Required texts:

Caruso and Fawcett, Supervision in Early Childhood Education: A Developmental Perspective, 3rd edition.  ISBN 978-0-8077-4731-5

To view a sample syllabus, click here