Explores the principles, methods and materials for teaching young children ages birth-8 years, language and literacy through a play-based, integrated curriculum. A variety of instructional methods are used including, lecture, classroom discussion, videos, small group work, hands on experiences, and individual and group projects. Emphasis is also placed on the influence of a child's cultural/social background and experiences on emergent literacy and development. The NAEYC (student learning outcomes) and MDE Quality Standards are addressed in this course.
Note: This course may be used for CDA renewal or to help fulfill your 120 clock hours of in class instruction.
Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolios must focus on early literacy experiences for children birth-8 years. Portfolios must show the connection between language /communication development and other developmental areas (Social-Emotional, Physical, Intellectual, Cognitive). The portfolio must include the following for children birth-8 years: a list of developmentally appropriate books; literacy activities; researched articles on literacy and diverse families; and resource information for parents to enhance their children's literacy experiences. The portfolio must be well organized. The Children and Families program director will evaluate submitted portfolios based on the evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in the Department Office.