T460 – Advanced Teaching Methods

3 Credit Hours

This course is designed to help licensed experienced early
childhood teachers further their understanding of subject
area knowledge reflected in the Illinois Learning Standards,
and strengthen their methods of teaching across the curriculum.
Methods of teaching are examined and studied for their
philosophical underpinnings in order to identify principles
that help teachers build consistency and coherence within
a total classroom program given a particular population of
children, their age, cultural and linguistic background, and
family/community goals. Teachers examine current research
and thinking about early literacy and numeracy development
along with research on the role of the arts (visual and
performing) in the intellectual development of young children.
Course participants develop and implement a curriculum
project reflecting ideas relevant to their classroom.