Early childhood, defined as the period from birth to eight years old, is a time of remarkable growth with brain development at its peak. During this stage, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people that surround them.Emphasizes the importance of becoming a culturally competent educator able to teach to diverse learning styles, culturally and linguistically diverse learners, children with diverse abilities and from vastly different family backgrounds. Students reflect on their personal biases and deepen their understanding of cultural, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, language, and learning differences in order to create inclusive learning environments, build stronger relationships with students and families, and to adapt their teaching practices to meet the needs of each learner. Aspects of diversity are explored including economic/social class, sex, gender identity, race/ethnicity/nationality, religion, ability, body appearance, language, learning style, family composition. Students learn to employ multicultural, developmentally appropriate practices as a means of developing classroom environments that support the concepts of culture, diversity, equity, social justice, and democracy in early childhood settings and in collaboration with families. Explores supporting whole child development in the context of family, community, and culture. The benefits of parent-professional partnership, parent-support services, and family oriented culturally responsive teaching are emphasized. Strategies for supporting families by sharing early childhood development information, understanding families’ cultures and societal influences, connecting families with community resources, and examining current social policies that are impacting in-home and community-based child rearing practices are developed.Examines and explores the art of cultivating the moral, emotional, social, physical, intellectual, creative, aesthetic, and spiritual dimensions of the early learning teacher and developing child. Holistic education nurtures a sense of wonder, curiosity, reverence for life and love of learning through interactive class structures, and contemplative practices to uncover the unique gifts and potential within each individual,Provides students an opportunity to expand and refine skills and knowledge that are important in educating children. Students conduct internships in educational settings where they can observe and interact with children and their families. Capstone Internship is a major culminating experience for the Early Childhood Development program students as a part of graduation requirements. This course offers opportunities for students to apply what has been learned through the previous years of coursework and field experiences. Students are engaged in Community-Based Learning (CBL) by planning, implementing, and reflecting on a developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and responsive, CBL service project for children and their families in their internship setting. Weekly online meetings serve as an open forum for students to self-assess their growth, discuss critical perspectives in their internship, and reflect on their professional development in the field experience.This course is designed for the inclusive classroom teacher, emphasizing models and methods of differentiating curriculum for students with a focus on the talented and gifted, and addressing a variety of exceptionalities including dual exceptionalities, and high/low incidence disabilities recognized by federal law. The educational needs of the inclusive population will be framed within the requirements of Oregon state and federal law. Strategies and techniques of differentiating and individualizing instruction and resource utilization are examined in depth. The topics of community involvement and parent education are included. Emphasizes methods of adapting the regular classroom curriculum to mainstreamed gifted or talented students. For regular or special classroom teachers.Designed to give participants a foundation in the subjects of child abuse and neglect. Includes materials to create an awareness of child abuse and neglect and how to recognize the signs of abuse and neglect in students, as well as ways to respond, including awareness and requirements of the law. Examines society's role in abuse and neglect, the types of abuse and neglect children encounter, preventive measures a teacher can utilize, incidence in diverse populations, the role of the school, mandated reporting, working with parents and social service agencies, and the role of court-appointed special advocate
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