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Students will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of diverse developmental characteristics and abilities to implement best practices in educating young children in various settings, e.g.: child-care, preschool, and primary grades.
- Use pedagogical knowledge of developmentally appropriate content areas to create meaningful learning experiences for each child based on best practices.
- Design lessons and differentiating instructions based on their knowledge of content areas and their knowledge of children’s diverse developmental level, special needs characteristics (e.g.; children with disabilities), and diverse cultural and linguistic characteristics (e.g.; English Learners).
- Structure and manage safe and healthy learning environments, which are culturally and linguistically responsive; facilitate emotional well-being and positive relationships among children and between children and professionals; and facilitate children’s active engagement, academic risk taking, and self-motivation.
- Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curricula, and differentiate /modify instruction according to the child’s developmental and learning characteristics through use of a wide variety of learning materials and technologies.
- Competently address children’s reading, writing, and oral communication needs to facilitate learning in all content areas.
- Implement various forms of assessment (summative and formative) to determine children’s developmental, behavioral, and learning needs; monitor and measure children’s developmental, behavioral and learning progress; and evaluate child outcome.
- Collaborate with families of young children from diverse backgrounds; form and maintaining positive relationships with and among children, and work as team members with other professionals.
- Exhibit professional conduct, including providing leadership, and advocate for children and families.
- Use independent learning skills and strategies to organize, initiate, and document prior, current, and future college-level learning.
- Design learning strategies to attain goals for personal and educational development.
- Reflect on the learning process and methods used in an experiential project.
- Assess the social and personal value of civic engagement for achieving change.
- Learn collaboratively and examine the skills, knowledge, and values that contribute to such learning.
- Pose questions and use methods of formal inquiry to answer questions and solve problems.
- Write to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate experiences and concepts to demonstrate competences.
- Analyze issues and reconcile problems through critical and appreciative thinking.
- Use mathematical symbols, concepts, and methods to describe and solve problems.
- Analyze a problem using two different ethical systems.
- Define and analyze a creative process.
- Analyze power relations among racial, social, cultural, or economic groups in the United States.
- Analyze issues and problems from a global perspective.