Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education (ECE338)
Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
August 2023 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify the components of an effective classroom for literacy development in early childhood; describe theories of child development and how they relate to literacy; identify the approaches to literacy instruction; explain the role of literacy assessment in the early childhood classroom; define literacy standards and discuss the tools used to measure them; describe ways of teaching children with diverse needs; demonstrate an understanding of how language develops; identify and apply appropriate strategies for enhancing language development in infants and toddlers; describe strategies that promote conversational growth; explain the importance of learning the alphabet and describe methods and strategies for teaching it and for deciphering new words; define phonological awareness and develop activities that promote and assess it; differentiate between types of texts and describe strategies for developing comprehension in each; describe strategies for developing, improving and assessing fluency and comprehension; explain the importance of using different types of literature and develop activities that enhance literature appreciation among young learners; describe strategies for increasing motivation; describe how technology can be integrated into the literacy curriculum; and explain how dramatic play enhances literacy development in young children.
Major topics include the exemplary literacy classroom in early childhood; foundations of literacy; assessing children's literacy and literacy readiness; teaching students with diverse needs; language development in infancy and toddlerhood; language development in young children; emergent literacy; phonological awareness and phonics instruction; developing comprehension and fluency; choosing and using appropriate children's literature in the classroom; creating a conducive learning environment for literacy development. Prerequisite: Child Development or Foundations of Education (CDS210); Methodology or education course.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Literacy Education (8/23).