This course provides a study of the techniques used in art, music, storytelling and dramatic activities with young children, birth through age eight, with emphasis on interdisciplinary learning. Students plan, implement and evaluate experiences that will contribute to the creative, motor, affective, perceptual, cognitive and aesthetic development of the young child.
This course examines child development from conception to age eight by considering the complex interaction between heredity and environmental factors. Children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are discussed as well as the implications for developmentally appropriate practice. It includes the theories of Erikson, Piaget and Vygotsky. Students will be required to observe children in a child care setting for up to 10 hours.
Students will be introduced to the theory of the Montessori method including evolution, relationship to Piaget, Erikson, Kohlberg, Vygotsky and others, Montessori's definition of sensitive periods of development, the role of teacher as directress, the importance of the prepared environment and the process of normalization will be discussed so that the student will gain an appreciation of the Montessori philosophy and method of teaching.
This course will explore administrative issues relating to leadership in early childhood education, including management styles, staff development and supervision, teacher training, staff collegiality, retention and evaluation as well as collaboration with parents and community. This course meets the director credential requirements for the foundational level.
This course provides child guidance and group management techniques to foster the development of self-esteem, self-control and social skills in young children. Positive reinforcement and problem resolution will be emphasized when discussing child play problems.
Upon completion of this course, students will understand how to guide and encourage learning by ensuring that the environment is rich with materials and equipment that invite active exploration. Various curriculum approaches will be reviewed with a concentration in creating lesson plans and activities that are appropriate for children under the age of eight years of age. Students will develop a framework for planning, implementation, organization and evaluation for activities in content areas such as art, math, science, music, language arts and active play. The course will emphasize intentionality in teaching using high-quality, developmentally appropriate practices aligned with state school readiness standards. Up to 10 hours of observation in a group care setting is required.
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the nutrition, health and safety needs of young children. It is designed to give future and current teachers practical and easy-to-understand information that will prepare them to serve diverse young children and their families in the preschool or early elementary school setting.
This course presents developmentally appropriate music and movement experiences for young children. Students will be involved in singing, creating, listening to and learning about making music and encouraging children to move to music. Students will develop an understanding of the importance music plays in the early childhood curriculum and how to incorporate it into the daily routine to accomplish a variety of curriculum goals.