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Course Descriptions

Psychological Bases of Learning and Guiding Young Children

This course examines the many variables involved in learning and the relationship between learning and development. Contrasts between behaviorist, nativist, and constructivist approaches to development and learning will be examined. The interrelationships between physi­ological, emotional, cognitive, and moral development are explored. An analysis of how Maria Montessori’s theory and practices relate to the views of other developmental theorists will provide insight for a teacher in evaluating various methodologies in the classroom. (Summer)

Sensory Motor Learning

This course examines the relationships among motor, intellectual, psychological, and social development in children ages three to seven. Montessori materials and activities designed for independence and responsibility are presented with opportunities for teachers to structure these activities for their classrooms. An introduction to movement exploration for young chil­dren is part of the course. (Summer)

Perceptual Development

This course explores perceptual development in children three to seven years of age, including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic perception. The Montessori sensorial activities are demonstrated and teachers of preschool, kindergarten, and primary children are shown activities they can use in their classrooms to enhance perceptual development. (Summer)

Language and Reading Development

This course examines the developing abilities of children between the ages of three and seven to use oral and written symbol systems as effective means of communication. The writings of Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky and others are discussed. The interfaces among speaking, reading, and writing are explored. Montessori language materials are demonstrated, as well as activities that can be used in the classroom to enhance and support language and literacy develop­ment. (Summer)

Basic Concepts of Primary Mathematics

This course focuses on ways to enhance the development of math­ematical ideas in young children three through seven years of age. Ways to design “mathematical environments” within a teacher’s class­room are discussed and Montessori materials are examined. (Summer)

Materials, Project, & Observation I

The goals of this course are to enable teachers to observe young chil­dren objectively and to design materials to offer a more individualized approach to learning for Early Childhood teachers. (Fall)

Materials, Project, & Observation II

The goals of this course are to enable teachers to observe young children objectively and to design materials to offer a more individu­alized approach to learning for early childhood teachers. This course focuses specifically on children age three to seven. (Spring)

Montessori Seminar I

Weekend seminar taken with approved Montessori internship only. Permission of the Montessori coordinator is required. (Fall)

Montessori Seminar 2

Weekend seminar taken with approved Montessori Internship only. Permission of the Montessori coordinator is required. (Spring)

Psychology and Evaluation of Young Children

This course provides an understanding of the evaluative process of young children. Various tests and diagnostic instruments are pre­sented that assess the social maturity, developmental levels, and intellectual ability of young children. The student learns to analyze the course is evaluation of the current issues related to the testing of young children. A comprehensive diagnostic and prescriptive case study is developed.