Department of Professional Studies in Education
College of Education and Educational Technology
Reviews current research in instructional practices, motivational techniques, and professional issues. May focus on any of these aspects of teaching, learning, or professional practice. May be presented with a kindergarten through grade twelve, elementary, middle school, secondary, or adult orientation. Offered only for continuous professional development and may not be applied toward a graduate degree. Prerequisite: Appropriate teaching certificate or other professional credential or preparation.
Designed to introduce students to issues and strategies affecting the evaluation of the three-to-eight-year-old child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and aesthetic development. Naturalistic observation, rating scales, tests, and portfolio assessment of children’s work will be examined.
Introduces students to the historical and philosophical foundations of the field of early childhood education. Major historical events, social trends, and philosophical perspectives from around the globe that have shaped the education of the very young will be addressed. Students will examine contemporary circumstances in early childhood education in terms of time-honored traditions and important insights from leaders in the profession.
Emphasis on the role of early childhood theory and research on classroom practice. Students will observe, participate, and collect field notes in an early childhood setting. Findings will be synthesized in a written report and presented to the class. Prerequisites: ECED 760, ECED 761, and ECED 764.
Examines the developmental continuity of educational programs for the young child, ages three through eight. Materials, strategies, concepts, and learning experiences that are suited to each child’s developmental level will be selected, planned, applied, and evaluated by students.
Designed to provide early childhood educators with a child advocacy perspective on contemporary social forces, professional issues, and public policy trends affecting young children. Students develop skills in identifying key issues using problem-solving strategies, communicating ideas, and functioning as change agents within educational institutions. Interpersonal skills and collaborative relationships with colleagues, administrators, politicians, parents, and community agencies are emphasized.
Emphasizes the study and evaluation of programs designed for preschool through the primary grades. Students assess early childhood curricula, review relevant research, and use evaluation frameworks to assess program quality. Cross-cultural comparisons of early childhood curricula in the United States and programs from other cultures and nations are studied. Prerequisites: ECED 761, ECED 764, or permission of instructor.
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