This course examines the skills and methods used to observe and assess young children in various early childhood environments. An emphasis will be placed on authentic assessment practices, including the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies used to document the development, play, and learning of young children. Ten hours of outside classroom observation is required.
This course prepares students with practical strategies for working in early childhood settings serving children with disabilities, including infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners. An emphasis is placed on relevant curriculum design and instruction that will be used in collaboration with families and other education professionals who teach children with varying capacities and needs in a variety of instructional environments. Meets WV Board of Education requirements for Permanent Authorization as a Pre-K and Kindergarten Teacher Assistant.
Students study theory and research relevant to the cognitive development of children during early childhood. Emphasis is placed on applying theory and research to behavior guidance and curriculum planning.
The physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development of the child from conception to age three will be studied. The course will include developmentally appropriate practices to use when caring for infants and toddlers in a group setting as well as in a private home.
Students will utilize the knowledge and skills from all theory and practicum courses as they participate in an early childhood program. Lesson planning, preparation and presentation will be required as the student gains actual teaching experience.