This course examines approaches to teaching and learning within higher education context. It will allow participants to deepen their understanding of models that relate teaching to student learning so that they become more aware of participants' approaches to their own learning and the influences of the learning environment on student’s approaches to learning. Participants will also consider their personal philosophies of teaching and learning, as well as what it means to be an educator in the postmodern era.
This course is designed to examine the guiding theories (theoretical, philosophical and social) perspective of early childhood education. Topics include: You and Early Childhood Education: Becoming a Professional, Early Childhood Education Today: Understanding and Responding to Current Issues, History and Theories: Foundations for Teaching and Learning, Implementing Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice, Teaching Standards and You: Supporting Children’s Learning, Observing and Assessing Young Children: Guiding, Teaching and Learning. This course places emphasis on the foundation and theories to teach, understand, support and guide early childhood education. It teaches instructors through visual layouts and audio to enhance skills accompanied by learning guides to help guide instructors as they progress through each skill. Upon completion of this course participants will be able conduct research on issue affecting the early childhood education program in Belize, conduct classroom observation and write their philosophy of Early Childhood Education.
The course examines factors that influence social and emotional development and explains how these interrelate with other aspects of growth and development (i.e. physical, moral, and cognitive development.) This course also focuses on Play as a context for social development and learning while utilizing play-based skills and activities. The course places emphasis on age appropriate behavior expectations in young children and examines developmentally appropriate behavior guidance.
Course provides information related to the study of young children with disabilities or who are at risk for disability in terms of their personal, family, and educational needs. Field experience required.
This course examines the pedagogy and conceptual understanding of Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education (ECE) while focusing on developmentally appropriate practices. Student-teachers will develop knowledge of the best teaching and learning practices in Mathematics and Science in the early childhood classroom and will emphasize on the constructivist approach to learning and the process of scientific inquiry, respectively. This course also aims to provide student-teachers with the skills to effectively plan, implement and assess math and science learning experiences at their class level. Mathematics in ECE includes five content strands (number and operations, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, patterns and relationships, and data analysis and probability) and five processes (problem-solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations). Science in ECE includes three content strands (Living things, healthy environments and the human body) and the process of scientific inquiry. Lastly, student–teachers will explore the principles and methods for creating a child-centered environment and materials, that stimulate mathematical and scientific skills and attitudes through discovery and play.
This course is designed to examine the basic elements of literacy development at the pre-primary and lower primary levels and will study how young children develop language abilities and acquire oral language skills. A study of language acquisition theories and the nature and development of reading and writing processes and competencies in the early years will be done.
This course entails a 20- hour guided observation and participation in a lower primary classroom over a 12 week period. Student teachers study how children's learning experiences can be influenced by social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.