Building on major theories and themes from human development and educational psychology, study the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical development of the individual child in early childhood from three to eight years of age. Learn to value and nurture each child while using research-based best practices to create an inclusive preschool climate that respects and celebrates diversity and fosters equity for all children including those with limited language proficiency and those identified as having special needs. Contemporary research on multiple intelligences, learning styles, brain function and development, appropriate models of classroom management, and the role of discovery and play in early learning is studied for implications for curriculum and instructional practices in inclusive settings. Three credits, one 7.5 week
semester.

This course introduces candidates to curriculum and assessment in early childhood education. The course focuses on the importance of developmentally appropriate practices in curriculum and assessment for P-3 students and introduces constructivist, interdisciplinary, and universal design approaches for developing curricula based on the NJ Preschool Early Learning Standards and the NJ Core Content Curriculum. Issues related to the use of play and discovery, classroom design, guiding individual and group behavior, creating safe and
supportive classroom environments, sources for curriculum resources, the use of structures and scheduling, planning appropriate multidimensional formative and summative assessments, engaging parent/caregiver support for curriculum goals, and the use of technology are addressed. Principles of culturally responsive teaching are reviewed and practiced. Additionally, students will consider teachers’ roles and ethical practice standards and learn to articulate personal views from the vantage of an early childhood educator.

By inquiring into the effects of human social organization and relationship with the natural environment on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, this course will contextualize individual health issues and seek healing responses to imbalances in social, environmental, and personal health. 3 credits

Explores the philosophical, historical, and cultural aspects of traditional healing methods. Examines the basic principles and the ancient art of diagnosis, which were developed in countries such as Japan, China, and India. Evaluates basic techniques used in the complementary medical arena. Students will be required to complete a field experience in a health care setting. 3 credits.