EDUC170 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC170 Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through five years
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Five hours of field experience.
Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances required.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course examines language and literacy development in children from birth to five years of age, including the role of English language learners and language development for exceptional learners. Students present developmentally appropriate activities in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Five hours field experience.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of and apply research to language and foundational literacy skills and growth, print awareness, language acquisition, and communication skills;
    2. demonstrate a familiarity with culturally sensitive instruction;
    3. analyze the interrelation of listening, speaking, reading, writing , and language arts areas; and
    4. discuss and evaluate the importance of children's literature in developing literacy skills.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. research on literacy development
      1. the relationship between early spoken language and emergent literacy
    2. theories of language development
    3. observation strategies
    4. classrooms for literacy growth
    5. culturally sensitive instruction
    6. the beginnings and development of literacy
      1. setting foundations for literacy
      2. learning about print
      3. understanding printed language
      4. becoming independent readers
      5. phonological awareness
    7. language development of exceptional learners
    8. the language-rich and print-rich environment
    9. children's literature and language and literacy development
      1. literature based instruction
      2. responding to literature
      3. using various types of literature
      4. integrating quality literature into the curriculum
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on participation in classroom discussions, field experience, written exams, assignments, papers, and performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; 7/2010; New Core 8/2015