Nov 26, 2022  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

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ECE 240 Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process: Integrating Curriculum and Instruction

3 Credits

Theoretical perspectives that have influenced curriculum development in both early childhood and elementary classrooms (Infancy to Grade 4) are examined and compared in this course. These perspectives are, then, used to analyze curricula and to make informed choices when planning instruction, selecting instructional materials, and assessing individual and group progress. This course also introduces and prepares the student to develop the reflective teaching skills that are needed to work with English language learners from Pre-K to Grade 4. To successfully complete this course, students must demonstrate their understanding of learning as a process that integrates all areas of development (emotional, social, language, cognitive, physical, and creative), and utilize a variety of instructional strategies so that all children can become interested and engaged in learning. They must also be able to demonstrate their understanding of how they combine relationships with children and families, develop effective approaches to teaching and learning, and show knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning.

NOTE: All students pursuing Early Elementary (PK–4) and Special Education (PK–8) Certification are required to successfully complete ECE 101, Teaching as a Profession: PK–4, before taking any other required course in the major. Students pursuing Secondary Teacher Certification in either Biology/General Science, English, or Social Studies are required to successfully complete EDU 101, Teaching as a Profession, before taking any other required course in the major. Proof of a current FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Criminal Background Clearance is required and must be submitted to the Dean of Education and Human Service’s office in order to begin any ECE, EDU, or SPEC course. No student may begin these classes without all current clearances.

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