EDUC105: Foundations for Early Learning Pre K - 4
Section: H83     (Hybrid)

About This Course


Semester and YearSpring 2012 / (15 weeks): Jan 18, 2012 to May 15, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Mae Sakharov   Email: Mae.Sakharov@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8060
Campus Location: Founders 210
Instructor's Website: http://www.maesakharov.com

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 6 - 9 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Hybrid:
Classroom and Web-based instruction

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

REQUIRED Campus Meetings

There are MANDATORY campus meetings or tests other than orientation. You should NOT register for this course if you are unavailable to attend these meetings.

This hybrid section meets Occasionally

Number of required on-campus meetings: 6
Dates/Locations of required meetings: January 18 and 25 February 15, March 14, April 11, May 2 from 6:30-9:00pm, Founders 316

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

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Other Information about the Course

Students explore current issues with historical and philosophical background including inclusionary practices, curriculum development, cultural diversity, research, and developmentally appropriate practice in the Pre K-4 setting. The course includes five hours of observation

Required Course Content and Direction:

Learning Goals: Course Students will:

design lessons based on early childhood education foundations, theory, National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC standards, and policy;

explain the uniqueness of the young child and demonstrate how to work with young children in a way that corresponds with the developmental level of that child;

demonstrate knowledge of social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the PreK-4 child; and

demonstrate knowledge of current identification criteria related to diverse learners.

Core (if applicable)

This course is not included in the Core. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

Learning activities, lectures, and class discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • A developmental approach to early childhood education
  • Early childhood professionals: committed to the whole child
  • Foundations and programs
  • Working with diverse families
  • History of early childhood education
  • American influences
  • Interdisciplinary influence
Themes Integrating history with theory Understanding development Cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of the PreK-4 child Using developmental learning theories Understanding and guiding behavior Parents and teachers: partners in education Observation strategies Developmentally appropriate practice Supporting children with guidance Early childhood environments Early childhood teachers: lifelong learners Teaching for tomorrow Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals: Course The assessment of course learning goals will be based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, observation summaries, assignments, papers, and/or performance-based tasks and projects. Prerequisites: Reading Placement Test score Level 3 or READ110 (C or better), or Corequisites: Reading Placement Test score Level 2 and enrollment in a paired section of READ110