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Early Childhood Child Development
 
Course Description
    

Course Overview: Introduction to Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Introduction to Childhood Development course has been specifically designed for early childhood educators working in West Virginia Universal Pre-K classrooms. This includes collaborative classrooms and educators seeking courses to meet the needs for Form 50 – Community Program Authorization. This course will address the following topics:

 

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Development,
  • Physical Development in the Early Childhood Years,
  • Social Emotional Development in the Early Childhood Years,
  • Cognitive Skills in Early Childhood Development,
  • Language Development in the Early Childhood Years, and
  • An Integrated Approach to Child Development

A course project will be developed throughout the course with peer review taking place during each course session.

By the end of this course, participants will
  • develop an understanding and working definition of early child development,
  • investigate how understanding developmentally appropriate practices and the developmental progression of children birth-8 years of age impacts the caring for and teaching of young children,
  • describe how a developmentally appropriate environment will impact your role as an early childhood educator and the experiences of students in your classroom, 
  • understand the influence of the learning environment as it is used to encourage children to move their bodies, explore their surroundings, and develop fine and gross motor skills,
  • analyze the impact of the use of structured movement experiences as they are intentionally facilitated in the classroom environment,
  • relate the importance of the time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity during the daily routine,
  • discover ways of building positive relationships with children,
  • explore environments that support social emotional behavior,
  • understand the importance of promoting positive social emotional teaching practices,
  • understand that cognitive development is influenced by other developmental factors,
  • understand that exploration is the key to learning,
  • understand that cognitive skills develop through processes as assimilation and accommodation,
  • consider the benefits of a positive  classroom environment to promote language development,
  • gain an awareness of how other developmental domains effect language development,
  • identify strategies to promote children’s communication and oral language development,
  • develop an awareness of how utilizing literature can impact children’s vocabulary,
  • utilize the knowledge gained from each domain of child development to describe a comprehensive approach to an early childhood program, and
  • correlate current West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for preschool children to child development domains.
 
Course Syllabus
    

Course Overview: Introduction to Childhood Development

The Early Childhood Introduction to Childhood Development course has been specifically designed for early childhood educators working in West Virginia Universal Pre-K classrooms. This includes collaborative classrooms and educators seeking courses to meet the needs for Form 50 – Community Program Authorization. This course will address the following topics:

 

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Development,
  • Physical Development in the Early Childhood Years,
  • Social Emotional Development in the Early Childhood Years,
  • Cognitive Skills in Early Childhood Development,
  • Language Development in the Early Childhood Years, and
  • An Integrated Approach to Child Development

A course project will be developed throughout the course with peer review taking place during each course session.

By the end of this course, participants will
  • develop an understanding and working definition of early child development,
  • investigate how understanding developmentally appropriate practices and the developmental progression of children birth-8 years of age impacts the caring for and teaching of young children,
  • describe how a developmentally appropriate environment will impact your role as an early childhood educator and the experiences of students in your classroom, 
  • understand the influence of the learning environment as it is used to encourage children to move their bodies, explore their surroundings, and develop fine and gross motor skills,
  • analyze the impact of the use of structured movement experiences as they are intentionally facilitated in the classroom environment,
  • relate the importance of the time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity during the daily routine,
  • discover ways of building positive relationships with children,
  • explore environments that support social emotional behavior,
  • understand the importance of promoting positive social emotional teaching practices,
  • understand that cognitive development is influenced by other developmental factors,
  • understand that exploration is the key to learning,
  • understand that cognitive skills develop through processes as assimilation and accommodation,
  • consider the benefits of a positive  classroom environment to promote language development,
  • gain an awareness of how other developmental domains effect language development,
  • identify strategies to promote children’s communication and oral language development,
  • develop an awareness of how utilizing literature can impact children’s vocabulary,
  • utilize the knowledge gained from each domain of child development to describe a comprehensive approach to an early childhood program, and
  • correlate current West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives for preschool children to child development domains.
Course Organization
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.

Read
When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.

Activities
When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into a course project.

Discuss
When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.
Prerequisites
Early childhood educators working in West Virginia Universal Pre-K classrooms will now have the opportunity to participate in e-Learning courses specifically designed for them.  This includes collaborative classrooms and educators seeking courses to meet the needs for Form 50 – Community Program Authorization.  The Office of Instructional Technology will offer three courses  during the 2012-13 school year, including a course targeting early language and literacy, an introduction to preschool special needs, and an introduction to child development.  The goal is to offer additional courses in 2013-14, which will include family and community engagement, as well as an introduction to early childhood curriculum and assessment.

Course participants must have access to a digital camera as digital phots will be included in the course project template for this course.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be six to seven hours hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One Introduction to Child Development
Session Two Physical Development in the Early Childhood Years
Session Three Social Emotional Development in the Early Childhood Years
Session Four Cognitive Skills in Early Childhood Development
Session Five The Individual Language Development in the Early Childhood Years
Session Six An Integrated Approach to Child Development

Orientation
This orientation session should be completed prior to the start of our course. It includes a participant survey; an introduction to the course website; and the opportunities to update your profile, email your facilitator, and introduce yourself to fellow participants as you experiment with the online discussion board.

Session One: Introduction to Child Development
This session will give a working definition of child development and let educators investigate appropriate practices that impact the caring and teaching of young children.

Session Two: Physical Development in the Early Childhood Years
Physical activity works in coordination with the brain and muscles throughout the body.  Educators will learn the influence of the learning environment and the importance of intentionally planning for physical movement.  This session will focus on the impact of physical activity throughout the day. 

Session Three: Social Emotional Development in the Early Childhood Years
Social and emotional milestones are often more difficult to identify than signs of physical development.  This session will focus on gaining knowledge in teaching practices that support building positive relationships with children and creating environments that support positive social emotional behavior.

Session Four: Cognitive Skills in Early Childhood Development
Cognitive development is the progression of abilities in thinking, reasoning, problem solving, judgment, and symbolic thinking, This session will focus on the importance of a child's exploration as the key to learning and how cognitive development is influenced by other developmental factors.

Session Five: The Individual Language Development in the Early Childhood Years
Language is essential to every aspect of a child’s life. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are elements of language development in children. It is important that children have opportunities for hearing and discriminating the sounds of language, understanding and following directions, answering and asking questions and actively participating in conversations. It is ideal for children also show excitement and enjoyment in reading, understanding print concepts, comprehending and interpreting meaning from books and other texts as well as writing letters and words

Session Six: An Integrated Approach to Child Development
This session serves as a conclusion to the course and provides educators the opportunity to reflect on early childhood development and an integrated approach to learning.
During Session Six the following items will be completed:
1. Session Six Quiz
2. Course Project  (Sessions 1-6)
3. Course Brochure (this may be a brochure, a pamphlet or flyer)

Assessment

Workshop participants will complete an orientation and then six weekly workshop sessions that include readings, activities, and online discussions.  There will be a pre-workshop survey and a post-workshop survey.  Quizzes will be scheduled throughout the course. Participants are expected to score  a minimum of 90% on all quizzes. Participants will complete a course project throughout the duration of the course. The completion of each course session will take be six to seven hours.

Discussion Guidelines:
Participants will be evaluated on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum.  Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session reflecting on the question for that session by Sunday evening.  They are to read all of the original postings made by the other workshop participants and reply thoughtfully to at least two of them per session by Monday evening. Participants’ original postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of workshop concepts, examples cited, and overall quality.  Postings that respond to other participants will be evaluated on relevance, degree to which they extend the discussion, and tone.

Course project information follows: 

Child Development Course Project

Child Development Course Project Rubric

Course participants will contribute to the course project during all course sessions. Participants will upload their course project to the course discussion forum during every course session and recieve PQP feedback from their peers. During Session Six participants will upload their final course project to the course dropbox. The facilitator will assess the project and provide feedback at this time.

All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion.  A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Child Development: Birth to Age Eight, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via the course dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Non-Degree Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord University if they have completed a four-year degree program at a college or university. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

Content and Technology Standards

This workshop, Child Development: Birth to Age Eight, will help participants meet the ISTE Educational Technology Standards and Performance Indicators for All Teachers (http://edtechleaders.org/documents/NETSAdminTeachers.pdf), especially Standards II, III, IV, and V.For more information about Technology Integration visit: http://www.iste.org

In addition, participants will identify specific WV Early Learning Standards (http://wvde.state.wv.us/oel/early-learning-standards-framework.php) as they engage in course content.

About this Course

This workshop was developed for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us).

Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007.  All rights reserved.