EDCI 540 Curriculum and Discovery Environments for Children

This course develops an understanding of the benefits of exploration and discovery in a play-based learning environment. Emphasis is placed on learning environments representing the philosophies of Montessori, Reggio Emilia and others. The importance of the teacher's role in the preparation of the physical space and in facilitating learning and development will be stressed, especially as children transition among multiple learning environments. An overview of ""best practice"" in infant, toddler and early childhood programs will lead students to develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education. This course includes an eight-week pre-school (age 3-5) field experience.

Credits

3

Prerequisite

EDFI 503 (post-baccalaureate) and EDFI 560 or permission of the instructor