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Methods Of Teaching In Early Childhood: Social Studies

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This course provides a foundation in content and methodology for the teaching of social studies in early childhood education (birth through age 8). Developing meaningful curricular content, hands-on learning experiences, integration of early childhood content area standards, and the impact of technology are explored. A foundation in developmentally-effective teaching and assessment of the content area is provided.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Early Childhood Instructional Methods and Strategies

    • Develop differentiated instructional techniques to address exceptional learners in early childhood social studies instruction.
    • Examine global connections and awareness in early childhood education.
    • Analyze effective instructional methods for teaching social studies in early childhood learning environments.
    • Design activities that reflect an understanding of and appreciation for multicultural perspectives in the early childhood learning environment.

    Early Childhood Social Studies Content; Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Social Studies Content

    • Summarize developmentally appropriate Social Studies content within early childhood education.
    • Identify video games and other technology appropriate for the teacher, the young child, and the family in early childhood education.
    • Examine the developmentally appropriate integration of technology for teaching social studies in early childhood.
    • Integrate social studies across the early childhood curriculum.

    Assessment in Early Childhood Education

    • Examine a variety of developmentally-effective formal and informal early childhood assessment strategies.
    • Design developmentally-effective social studies assessment tools.
    • Analyze results of early childhood assessments to plan for individuals, groups, and diverse learners.

    Early Childhood Social Studies Environment; Parent Connections

    • Design early childhood social studies extension activities for the home environment.
    • Examine methods used to create a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging early education social studies learning environment.
    • Identify a developmentally appropriate classroom design to promote social studies.
    • Explore opportunities for family participation in an early education social studies environment.

    Early Childhood Social Studies Standards; Developmental Considerations

    • Examine the expectations of the National Association for the Education of Young Children for early childhood social studies education.
    • Analyze strategies to integrate state and national social studies standards in early childhood curriculum.
    • Examine significant theoretical perspectives in early childhood social studies instruction.
    • Identify developmentally effective practices for teaching social studies concepts today.
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