All courses are ON-LINE and are awarded 3 college graduate level credits (unless stated otherwise)
EDPU 577 Observation and Assessment of Young Children
February 24 – April 12 | Registration closes February 17 , 2014
This course will present students with a variety of observation and assessment methods which correspond to areas of development, with a concentration on children ages 3-7. Students will utilize 10 observation tools to assess child learning and development. Students will practice using these tools to develop goals for all children, including children with special needs. Students will also learn how to use observations to connect with families, plan programming, report abuse, incorporate technology and create child portfolios.
Required Text: Nilseon, Barbara. Week by Week: Plans for Documenting Children’s Development. 6th Edition. Belmont California: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2014. Print.
EDPF 566 Science for the Young Child
February 24 – April 5 | Registration closes February 17 , 2014
This course will concentrate on the theories and history of early childhood constructivist science activities. Content will include the creation and completion of hands-on, inquiry based science activities and observation assessment techniques. The approaches reflect the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) early learning standards, the Maine Early Learning Guidelines (MELG) and the National Science Education Standards (NSES) on scientific inquiry.
Required Text: Carol Seefeldt, Alice Galper, Ithel Jones: Active Experiences for Active Children Science 3rd Edition. (2012) ISBN: 13 978-0-13-265955-0
EDPO 503 -Language Development and Early Literacy
January 20 – March 24 | Registration Closes January 13, 2014
All will meet on SKYPE on January 21, then on an as needed basis. This course focuses on children’s language and literacy development from birth to age eight. Students examine theories of language development; explore strategies for engaging children in integrated listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences. This course provides early childhood teachers with a foundation of knowledge they will need to develop classrooms and learning environments.
Required Text: Language Development in Early Childhood, 3rd ed. ISBN: 978-0-13-501969-6 Author: Beverly Otto Publisher: Pearson
EDPU 541 Children’s Literature (ages birth- 8 yo)
February 24 – April 5 | Registration Closes February 17, 2014
During this course students will explore a variety of children’s literature and learn to determine quality and appropriateness of stories. Students will also develop a resource list as well as plan lessons connected to quality literature. Students will share ideas and perspectives with other practicing professionals in order to expand their early childhood knowledge. The school/family connection will be emphasized.
Required Text: Literature for Young Children, 7th edition (2013) Giorgis, Cyndi & Glazer, Joan I.
EDPA 518 Social Studies in the Early Childhood Classroom
Not offered Spring Semester
This course will explore the theories and history behind the early childhood social studies curriculum. Course work will include the study of national standards and state guidelines. Students will use this information to plan and implement developmentally appropriate lessons for young children. The course ncludes on-line discussions of early childhood development and reflections of practice. Students who are not currently teaching in a classroom setting may complete short research assignments as an alternative to implementing the planned lessons.
Required Text: Active Experiences for Active Children-Social Studies Second Edition Carol Seefeldt & Alice Galper Pearson 2006 ISBN # 0-13-170748-5
EDPF 545 Numeracy for the Young Child
January 6 - February 10 / Registration closes January 1, 2014
In this course students will learn theories of early childhood development and their influence on the teaching of math concepts to young children. Students will explore recommendations by the National Association for the Education of Young Children as well as the Maine Early Learning Guideline standards regarding math concepts. Students will learn developmentally appropriate ways to integrate math into the early childhood curriculum. Students will create and practice math games, activities and approaches with students.
Required Text: Mathematics: The Creative Curriculum Approach by Diane Trister Dodge, Juanita V. Copley, Candy Jones and Judith Dighe
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