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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience

Literacy Instruction in Early Childhood Education (ECE338)


Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies. 

Traditional classroom-based offered at Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations. Distance learning and hybrid options available.

August 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Online/distance learning
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Literacy Education (8/23)