ech527 | Graduate

Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: The Arts

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This course focuses on understanding and using developmentally effective practices to teach and to integrate music, creative movement, dance, drama, and art in early childhood education.  Curricular content, modifications, development of hands-on learning experiences, and integration of content area standards are explored.  A foundation in effective teaching and assessment methodologies in the early childhood setting is provided.

This graduate-level course is 4 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 2
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4 weeks

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    The Arts in Early Childhood Growth and Development

    • Analyze effects of the arts on the social/emotional, mental, and physical growth of the young child (birth through age eight).
    • Identify the three developmental levels of art.

    Learning Styles and Strategies in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Examine the connection between early childhood arts education and learning styles (auditory, visual, kinesthetic, tactile).
    • Illustrate the use of multiple intelligences in early childhood arts education.

    Accommodations and Modifications in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Identify types of diverse learners in the early childhood setting.
    • Develop strategies to address the needs of diverse learners in early childhood arts education.

    Assessment in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Compare and contrast early childhood assessment tools in arts education.
    • Develop an assessment tool to evaluate a specific early childhood art experience.

    Creativity in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Define creativity in the context of early childhood arts education.
    • List the characteristics of creativity in the context of early childhood arts education.
    • Assess how your personal creativity style can affect your approach to teaching the arts in the early childhood environment.

    Classroom and Materials Management in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Evaluate the impact of effective classroom and materials management in early childhood arts education.
    • Identify safety and health concerns in early childhood arts education.

    Technology in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Discuss the use of technology in early childhood arts education.

    Overview of the Arts in Early Childhood Education

    • Discuss the significance of arts education in early childhood.
    • Define the four components of the arts: production, history, aesthetics, and criticism.
    • Define the elements of art in terms of the early childhood learner.
    • Define the principles of design in terms of the early childhood learner.
    • Apply the elements of art and principles of design in the analysis of a piece of visual art.

    Standards in Early Childhood Arts Education

    • Review the national standards for early childhood arts education (NAEYC, NAEA).
    • Examine state standards for early childhood arts education.
    • Illustrate relationships between the national and state standards for early childhood arts education.

    Art Integration in Early Childhood Education

    • Discuss the importance of integrating the arts across the early childhood curriculum.
    • Design an early childhood integrated art lesson.
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