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EDUC 311

Early Childhood Methods I: Infant, toddler, preschool

Course Summary: The EDUC 311 Methods course is the study of developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth to age 5 using NAEYC standards. Emphasis is on curriculum development in all areas of classroom practice, diversity, anti-bias approaches, environmental design, child guidance, observation, assessment, family centered approaches, health, safety, and the development of a professional role in child care settings. Students are part of a teaching team in a classroom for infants, toddlers, and/or preschoolers, and take on responsibility for all aspects of teaching, including: planning and preparation; design of the learning environment; child guidance; interaction with children and support of their learning; collaboration with professional colleagues; communication with families. Note that students are typically juniors and are taking 2 other courses with their methods experience.

Field experience hours: Field experience is in an infant, toddler or preschool classroom at KSC Child Development Center or other approved site. Approximate field time is 200 hours.

Cooperating teachers are expected to communicate regularly with the supervisor and student; attend a formal 3-way conference with the supervisor and student at the beginning, middle and end of the semester; provide guidance and feedback to the student on a regular basis; incorporate student learning experiences into the curriculum; share resources; complete and share mid-semester clinical summative evaluation and dispositions forms; and submit final clinical summative evaluation and dispositions forms on Tk20. Cooperating professionals will be invited to on-campus professional development sessions with other cooperating teachers.