ECH 537 Science in the Early Childhood Years
This course addresses the development of inquiry-based science curriculum in the early childhood setting. Rooted in constructivist approaches, it incorporates topics of scientific literacy, conceptual development, content areas, current research and curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Sources of curriculum in science for young children are explored (e.g., standards content, children’s knowledge and concepts, flora and fauna of the immediate environment, etc.) are explored, teaching/learning strategies examined and scientific outcomes assessed. This course is approved to fulfill the science content area for the Maine state Birth-5 081 teaching certificate.
Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree in early childhood or related field. Enrollment in UMF M.S. Ed. Early Childhood Program or Permission of Instructor.
Format: Blended (combination of face-to-face and distance classes).
Dates/Days/Times: January 22-May 16, 2013. Saturday, February 2 ONLY will meet from 12:30-3:30 PM. Saturdays, March 2 and April 27 will meet from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM and one Synchronized online meeting on Thursday, April 4 from 7-9:00 PM.
Class Number: 11711.