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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Genesis University (formerly Association for Hebraic Studies Institute) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Creative Thinking and the Arts (ECE 335)


Distance learning course administered through Genesis University.

Genesis University, Miami, FL; authorized instructional sites, or approved proctor sites.

February 2011 - Present.  

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:  define "creativity" and identify the stages of the creative process; discuss the reasons for the decline in creativity in schools and outline ways that teachers can promote students' creativity; distinguish between the different types of play and explain how play supports children's literary, social, and physical development; discuss autocratic, permissive, and democratic styles of teaching and explain how each of these hinders or enhances creativity; examine the Reggio-early-childhood art curriculum and explain why it is so successful; list the nine key opportunities that teachers should provide to students through art as identified by the National Art Education Association; provide examples of how teachers can use music and dance in their curriculum, paying attention to the various roles a teacher must take on to teach children these disciplines; examine several ways in which dramatic and sociodramatic play helps children grow and develop; describe features required to create classroom environments that nurture creative work; describe classroom environments that hinder children's creativity; examine how children's toys have changed over history; explain three consideration when performing an assessment of a creative product; examine the 12 qualities of genius in children and discuss ways teachers can apply this information to their approach to instruction; and discuss the interrelatedness of creativity and reason.


The goal of this course is for students to understand the vital importance of creative thinking and arts-based learning in early-childhood education. Students learn how to interpret and promote children's creative thought and expression in original ways and discover how the arts help children succeed in all academic areas. The course addresses which classroom supplies inspire true creativity and which should be avoided. The importance of play, music, movement, and dance are addressed for their importance in creative expression. Other topics include: assessing the creative processes and products and methods for incorporating special-needs children into the creative environment. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education (4/11) (9/16 revalidation) (11/22 revalidation).