T430 – History of Schooling and Curriculum for Pre-K to Grade 3 Programs

3 Credit Hours

This course explores the historical, political, and legal
foundations of early childhood and early elementary public
education in U.S. schools, including the foundations of
bilingual, English as a Second Language (ESL), and special
education programs. Students study the history of the
main curricular approaches developed over the past 100
years and critically consider their use in early childhood
programs in the U.S. and abroad today. The sociocultural,
pedagogical, linguistic, and political issues underlying the
current curriculum for English-speaking and non-Englishspeaking
children, as well as models for bilingual and ESL
instruction, are closely examined. Throughout the course,
readings and discussions highlight the role of parents as
partners in educating young children.