Summer Year 1 (June through July)
EDU 530: Advanced Pedagogy & Content for Early Childhood Social Studies
Explore theories of social studies pedagogical content knowledge (history, geography, social education, democracy, cultural studies) with the intent of synthesizing personal pedagogical styles with proven constructivist practices. Various PK-5 social studies content themes are examined in this course; special attention is given to the role of the affect in elementary social studies instruction.
EDU 532: Advanced Integration of the Arts in the Early Childhood Classroom
Learn to use various creative expressions to enhance teaching and learning in the other disciplines. Instruction is skills and theory based, and grounded in the Discipline-Based Arts Education model.
EDU 534: Advanced Pedagogy & Content for Early Childhood Mathematics
Study various theories and models of teaching mathematics in the early childhood setting, including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. This course includes the content, concepts, and skills of the early grades mathematic curriculum and the special methods of teaching the material through integrative activities. Materials appropriate to teaching mathematics are explored, including manipulative and teacher-made materials.
PSY 501: Developmental Psychology of the Young Child
Study major theories and research pertaining to the psychological development of the child from birth through childhood, plus the domains of cognitive and social-emotional development. In addition to research in this field, the practical side of understanding and interacting with children will be explored in this course. Central to the course are critical awareness of both the scientific work in this field and the applications of this body of knowledge.
Fall Semester (August through December)
EDU 542: Advanced Pedagogy & Content in Early Childhood Science
Examine developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, instructional materials, instructional technology, and evaluation strategies for teaching early childhood science. This course includes the content, concepts, and skills of the early grades science curriculum and the special methods of teaching the material, plus introduction to the National Science Teachers of America (NSTA) standards and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).
EDU 536: Advanced Teaching of Reading & Writing in the Early Childhood Classroom
Enhance reading and writing content and pedagogical strategies in the early childhood classroom (P-5). Course focus is on the following key elements: Reading Content (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary development, comprehension strategies, and writing in the context of a balanced literacy classroom), Pedagogy (strategies for implementing the reading and writing content), Assessment & Intervention (standardized and classroom-based assessment measures to identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students and intervention strategies based on the assessment results), Research (explore evidence-based literacy programs for struggling and proficient readers), and School Experience (application of literacy strategies in the classroom).
Spring Semester (January through May)
MAT 513: Probability, Statistics, & Data Analysis
Develop and implement a student-centered instructional unit incorporating the basic concepts of probability, statistics, and data collection and analysis. The emphasis of this course is placed on the implications of content, structure, processes, and technology in teaching data collection, probability and statistics, and associated critical thinking skills in the grades K-8 classroom.
EDU 538: Literacy Development through Children's Literature
Examine the many genres of children's literature and their relationship to literacy development in the early childhood classroom. Explore and demonstrate various strategies for incorporating children's literature in your teaching. Learn methods of engaging students in literature by increasing the students' repertoire of response techniques.
Summer Year 2 (June through July)
EDU 540: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Educational Research
Develop an understanding of educational research by exploring qualitative and quantitative designs. Then, demonstrate expertise in reading, analyzing, critiquing, and synthesizing research in each of the two designs. This course requires candidates to write and present a comprehensive research paper incorporating one of the designs studied in class and suitable for a peer-reviewed publication.
EDU 544: Exploring Educational Venues
Travel as a cohort to a site of national significance in P-12 education and participate in various activities at this site. Visit early childhood classrooms to observe and experience various perspectives on education and to give a voice to the theories and research studied in the courses. The culminating assignment will be the submission of a guided reflection project.