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Curriculum in Early Childhood Education: Developing Learning Environments and Experiences for Children of Diverse Backgrounds and Abilities

This course assists students in setting a framework for developing curriculum in early childhood settings that will encompass multiple learning situations and broad variations in students' needs. The curricular framework emerges from principles of child development, with a focus on cultural and linguistic diversity, content area knowledge, and awareness of one's own values. Using social studies as the core of an integrated curriculum, students will explore the opportunities offered by curricular areas and materials, and will examine the questions and issues that arise in creating social and learning environments. Students use the curricular framework to make decisions as they plan, evaluate, reflect on, and adapt curriculum experiences, combining approaches from special education and early childhood education to build successful learning environments for all children.