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CE Credit Hours: 6.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Many early childhood programs currently serve children who are identified to be at risk for adverse educational outcomes in the short- or the longer-term. The purpose of this continuing education course is to summarize what has been learned from research on early intervention and childhood education and what can be done to enhance the educational and social experiences for all preschool children. The course was developed using information funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES), who strives to further the understanding of early childhood classroom environments and general instructional practices and to suggest avenues for further research to support improvements in these educational settings.
1. Summarize what has been learned about early childhood classrooms as contexts for development and learning.
2. Describe the kinds of instructional practices and curricula that appear to be effective for enhancing preschool children’s educational and social experiences.
3. Discuss approaches for improving teachers’ instruction, while linking instructional quality, instructional effectiveness, and children’s learning.
4. Review research that identifies how professional development may be used to improve instruction in early childhood settings.
5. Identify specific instructional practices to assist children with significant learning needs.
6. Evaluate the effectiveness of assessment tools used to measure children’s learning across various areas of development.
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