EDUC170: Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years
Section: E59     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring 2011 / (15 weeks): Jan 19, 2011 to May 17, 2011
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Mae Sakharov   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8270
Campus Location: Founders 210
Instructor's Website:

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Instructor's Welcome Page

Your instructor's detailed information page (referred to as a "welcome page") is:

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.


Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Upon completion of this course students will have mastered a through exploration of language development in young children from infancy to fourth grade. Planning and presentation of appropriate activities are emphasized in areas of experiencing, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course is primarily for initial and/or permanent certification in Early Childhood Education, but also of value as an elective in a variety of programs.

Bucks County Community College

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Fall 2011

Education 170 Syllabus

Language and Literacy Development

Instructor Contact:

  • Name: Dr. Mae Sakharov, Ed.D
  • Phone / Voicemail (215) 968-8061
  • Preferred email Through Bb Vista
  • Bucks email
  • Department Office - Founders 210 A

Office Hours: Scheduled through BB Vista

  • Course Syllabus: Included
  • Prerequisites/Corequisites: None
  • Required Texts and Supplementary Material: Literacy In The Early Grades, Gail E. Tompkins, Pearson

This is an online requires that students keep up with the chapter readings and answer discussion questions accordingly.

Midterm Grades: A midterm grade of S (Satisfactory) will be recorded if you maintain a C average on the first two quizzes


  • A = 467 - 414
  • B+ = 413 - 374
  • B = 373 - 337
  • C+ = 336 - 305
  • C = 304 - 275
  • D+ = 274 - 248
  • D = 247 - 224
  • F = below 224

Your Final Grade will be based on the number of total points accumulated at semesters end

Withdrawal: If you decide not to complete this course student is responsible for completing the withdrawal form, which is available through the Bucks County Community College Admissions Office. The instructor will not initiate withdrawals.

Disability Accommodations: In compliance with the Bucks County Community College policy and equal access laws, appropriate academic accommodations can be made for students eligible for such support. Students are encouraged to register with the Disability Services Office (215- 968-8463) to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations. Please speak to your instructor about any requests for academic accommodations or other concerns as early in the semester as possible.

Cheating & Plagiarism: I strictly enforce the Colleges cheating and plagiarism policy and will automatically fail any student on any assignment when a student cheats or plagiarizes on tests or papers. I have zero tolerance and will not accept any excuses. Please see me if you do not understand what plagiarism is. Here is the College definition from the catalogues: The expectation at Bucks County Community College is that the principles of truth and honesty will be rigorously followed in all academic endeavors. This assumes that the person who purports to do the work without unauthorized aids will do all work. In addition, when making use of language and some idea not his or her own, whether quoting them directly or paraphrasing them into his or her own words, the student must attribute the source of the material in some standard form, such as naming the source in the text or offering a footnote. (Source: BCCC Catalog, College Policy Regarding Cheating and Plagiarism)

Students Responsibility to Retain Course Materials Students are always responsible for retaining copies of their own work and/or correspondence, including that posted to a web course space. Student access to a Bucks County Community College web course space is available only during the stated semester/session as indicated by the Colleges academic calendar. All web course sites, including content, are routinely removed form the server at the conclusion of each semester/session.