Basic concepts of child development, similarities and differences among exceptionalities, appropriate instructional practices, and impact of language acquisition on development will be explored in this three-hour class. During a field experience project, teacher candidates will recognize and document at least ten examples of development connecting class discussions with what they see in learning environments. Overarching professional preparation standards explored in this class include: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs (NAEYC); Knowing and understanding similarities and differences among individuals with exceptionalities (CEC-ISCI); Knowing and understanding typical and atypical human growth and development (CEC-ISCI); Knowing and understanding the impact of child’s abilities, needs, and characteristics on development and learning (CEC-ECSE). A fifteen-hour (15) field experience is required for this course.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.