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Instructional Strategies for Early Childhood Education




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the theoretical models that underlie teaching and learning in the early childhood setting, birth through age 8 or through Grade 3. Students examine appropriate methods for teaching all young children, explore lesson plan designs, analyze the most effective, research-based teaching strategies to promote student learning, and develop a lesson plan. This course is not available for students residing Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming  and individuals who live outside the United States are not eligible to enroll in this course.



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Week 1

  • Describe the components of a lesson plan for young children birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.
  • Compare and contrast different approaches to lesson planning.
  • Explain the role of NAEYC and CCSS Standards in planning and instruction for young children.
  • Determine the information needed to make instructional decisions.

Week 2

  • Differentiate between goals and objectives for the early childhood setting.
  • Create goals and objectives that integrate Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.
  • Write developmentally appropriate objectives aligned to the Common Core State Standards and NAEYC Standards.
  • Explain how a lesson plan objective relates to instruction in birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.

Week 3

  • Identify assessment types appropriate for early childhood including their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Create instructionally sound and developmentally appropriate assessments for birth through age 8 or through Grade 3.

Week 4

  • Compare and contrast the effectiveness of various instructional strategies, including strategies for using technology in the early childhood setting.
  • Demonstrate how to use various instructional strategies to promote student-centered learning.
  • Describe how students’ critical thinking can be promoted through effective questioning.
  • Design a lesson plan for the early childhood setting.

Week 5

  • Compare and contrast early childhood program models.
  • Identify the types of play models relevant to child development.
  • Analyze the importance of play during the different developmental stages to promote student learning and development.
  • Evaluate your personal disposition toward the teaching profession.


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