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EDU/ECE 302 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Learning in Early Childhood Education
September 2016 – Present.
Upon successfully passing of the examination, students will be able to demonstrate proficiency as follows: recognize the great value and importance of the preschool experience; recognize the need for Developmentally Appropriate Practices; address childhood needs holistically; plan whole group activities for preschoolers efficiently; arrange and conduct field trips for preschoolers efficiently; arrange for the arrival of classroom visitors to a preschool; set up self-sustaining centers for youngsters and monitor the children’s involvement; understand how children develop gross and fine motor skills; mediate when children experience social conflicts; and integrate the curriculum via pretend play and construction play.
In order to prepare for this examination, students study the following topics: the implications of effective teaching; analysis and evaluation of developmentally appropriate practices; group time at the various levels of early childhood education; the creation of self-sustaining centers and the steps in mentoring student involvement; all aspects of the physical domain; all aspects of the social domain; the differences between pretend and construction play and the benefits of both; theme teaching in the early childhood classroom; authentic assessment in the early childhood classroom; the composition of present and future early childhood classes.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 6 semester hours in in Early Childhood Education or Education (9/16) (4/21 revalidation).