This course will focus on the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate curriculum and instructional practices, based on knowledge of development, individual differences and the curricular goals of the programs examined. State and national standards and legal guidelines will be addressed. Theoretical models will provide the background for the integration of learning experiences for children with the full range of abilities and cultural backgrounds. Students will focus on the development of models of instruction that emphasize learning through play, inquiry, cooperation, and creative expression. Modifications required based on children's developmental needs will be considered. Curricular areas to be considered include language and emergent literacy, mathematics, science, health, safety, nutrition, social studies, art, music, drama and movement in programs serving children from birth through age five. Home, school and community relationships will be addressed within the context of appropriate planning. Students will develop plans for appropriate learning environments to support growth in the above areas. Assessment and evaluation related to identifying individual needs and progress, curricular goals and objectives, and program effectiveness will be a focus. Prerequisites: ECE 230 and EPY 245. A 10-hour field experience will be required. Students must obtain fingerprint clearance prior to beginning field experiences.
X'd w/ IEC 231 & ECE 531 Spring Only