Early Childhood Education

The NDMU College of Adult Undergraduate Studies (CAUS) prepares interested students to become certified to teach children in pre-kindergarten through grade three.  NDMU invites students to consider preparing for a career as an early childhood education teacher.  Being a certified early childhood educator allows the professional to teach in a public or private school setting where they work with children who are in pre-kindergarten up to and including grade three.  Teaching at this level requires close attention to the developmental needs of young children and how to appropriately support their learning process.  As with any teaching assignment, the educator must be equipped to effectively plan lessons to engage these young learners in activities stimulating their fine and gross motor skills as well as their kinesthetic, auditory, and visual senses.  Early Childhood Education Program of Study focuses on the academic, social, and cognitive skills that develop in children during their formative years.

Most early childhood educators work throughout the school day in a classroom setting with a single group of students for whom all content areas must be taught, i.e., English language arts, social studies, mathematics, and science instruction.  Regardless of age and grade-level placement, NDMU will prepare all graduates to be highly qualified for any teaching situation by providing multiple opportunities for them to learn and teach in a variety of settings under outstanding mentor teachers.  In fact, NDMU is the only teacher preparation program in Maryland that affords students the opportunity to observe pre-school age children on its main campus in LeClerc Hall in a program called 'A Child's Place', a school for children age 3 through kindergarten.  

 

Courses

EDU-252 Clinical Field Experience: Elementary

Offers a direct instructional field experience in an assigned area elementary public school for three weeks, all day. Includes instruction in school organization, curriculum, characteristics and diverse needs of children, and issues in teaching and learning. Classroom observation and participation seminars. Permission required. (Offered in Winterim. Three-week session, full school days.) [3 credits]

EDU-300 Technology for Instruction & Management

Provides prospective classroom teacher swith opportunities for planning, designing and producing projects that support the instructional needs of students in grades K-12, including best practices for the integration of technology into curriculum with state and national technology standards. Students complete a variety of projects to develop skills in word processing, Web page development, computer presentations and other technolgies. For education majors only. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-303 Elementary School Reading Materials

Assists participants in selecting and evaluating materials for teaching reading and developing related skills that are consistent with the findings of scientifically based reading research. Strengthens understanding of research-supported programs, approaches and methods to address different levels of reading proficiency within the classroom and thereby enable all students (G&T, ELL, Special Needs, etc) to become strategic, fluent and independent readers. Participants will use a variety of texts and other materials to promote independent reading. Participants will be prepared to involve parents and members of the school and community to promote daily reading inside and outside of school. Throughout the course, participants will apply key concepts to various group and individual tasks and projects, including discussions and simulations. NOTE: Students cannot receive credit for both EDU-103 and EDU-303. [3 credits]

EDU-307 Social Studies in the Elementary School

Provides a conceptual and analytical approach to teaching and learning social studies in the elementary school. Emphasis on integration of content and process through use of experimental, activity and inquiry approaches to meet the needs of diverse learners. Includes information related to selecting instructional resources, developing curriculum materials and integrating concepts, skills and values. Requires construction of learning materials and peer teaching. Permission required. [4 credits]

EDU-309 Instruction in Reading

Increases the participant's familiarity with a representative array of research-based instructional techniques and strategies in reading. Participants will learn age-appropriate instructional routines and strategies in the five major components of reading instruction (phonological and phonemic awareness; phonics, spelling and word study; fluency development; vocabulary; and comprehension). Throughout the course candidates will demonstrate their knowledge of the instructional routines and strategies by role-play, live demonstration, critiquing models, using the Common Core Reading Standards and reviewing the research in support of those approaches. [4 credits]

EDU-310 Mathematics in the Elementary School

Integrates mathematical concepts with the methods employed to teach mathematics in the elementary school. Emphasis on National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards and implementation of the Common Core Mathematics standards in instruction. Focus on a hands-on approach using manipulatives. Includes preparation of lesson plans and microteaching experiences. Permission required. [4 credits]

EDU-312 Science in the Elementary School

Integration of basic concepts of physical, life, earth and space sciences. Emphasis on discovery of concepts through demonstrations and investigations. Addresses the three domains of science education: knowledge, skills and attitudes. Attention given to National Standards, the Common Core Science Standards and the use of indicators in planning, instruction and assessing. Includes preparation of a science unit and microteaching experience. Permission required. [4 credits]

EDU-313 Science and Social Studies in the Elementary School

Emphasizes integration of content and process through demonstration, investigative and inquiry approaches. Addresses the three domains of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Attention is given to recent trends, national and state standards, and the use of indicators in planning instruction and assessing. Includes preparation of instructional units and microteaching experience. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-315 Curriculum/Methods and Materials For the Young Child

Presents curriculum, methods and materials for early childhood programs, preschool through primary grades. Family and community involvement strategies. Instruction in planning, implementation and assessment of interdisciplinary activities to stimulate cognitive, linguistic, social and motor development to meet the diverse needs of learners. [3 credits]

EDU-319 Human Development and Learning

Explores selected aspects of human development related to learning and instruction. Major psychological concepts and learning theories will be examined and applied to the context of eduction. Emphasis will be placed on understanding cognitive and affective domains of development as well as behavior management, motivation, individual differences in learning and instructional practices. Includes reflection, classroom activities, educational philosophy and classroom instruction. [ 3 credits ]

EDU-402 American Education in Historical Perspective

Surveys major developments in the history of American education from colonial times to the present. Examines influential persons, ideas and institutions in the context of American society. Education and public policy, legal issues, priorities and innovations in American education reviewed from a critical perspective. [3 credits]

EDU-410 Internship: Teaching in Early Childhood Education

Incorporates full-time observation and supervised student teaching experiences in diverse Baltimore area professional development schools. Permission required. Internship fee required. [2-5 credits] NOTE: Student Teaching Internships may start earlier than the official term start dates. Please refer to the information received at the internship orientation or contact the Education Department.

EDU-411 Internship: Teaching in the Elementary School

Provides full-time observation and supervised internship experiences in diverse Baltimore area professional development schools. Seminars on various topics in education such as analysis of teaching in elementary schools, school and family relationships, and interviewing and employment practices. Permission required. Teaching internship fee required. [5-11 credits] NOTE: Student Teaching Internships may start earlier than the official term start dates. Please refer to the information received at the internship orientation or contact the Education Department.

EDU-460 Assessment of Reading

Provides students with a background in assessment and its relationship to instruction. Students will learn about the variety of assessments available to the classroom teacher in the areas of reading and writing and how to administer, score and interpret the results of these various assessments. Instructional decisions regarding the educational program of the child, and his/her diverse needs will also be examined. [3 credits] NOTE: Please refer to cohort schedule. Additional clas times may meet in previous semester.