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ED 306 Learning Environments for Young Children: 3 semester hours

A review of history, theory, research, policies, organizational practices, and contemporary curriculum models impacting preschool and kindergarten programs; employing developmentally appropriate assessments and early learning standards to plan and implement challenging learning experiences with application to literacy, mathematics, and science for children ages three to six (Iowa Early Learning Standards 8,10, and 11); supporting key cognitive skills and positive approaches to learning that acknowledge individual differences, support competence, and promote school success of young children. Emphasis on evidence-based practice as a foundation for professional decision making and on identified dispositional qualities on effective educator this course must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.00) prior to student teaching. Prerequisites: PS 124, ED 117 required, ED 237 recommended. Cumulative GPA of 2.50.