This course is designed to provide the student with an overview of physical, motor, social, emotional, cognitive and linguistic growth of the very young child — birth to three. Students will become familiar with the foundations and historical impact of serving the very young child in quality programs. It will focus on current pedagogical practices as well as conditions and trends that impact the child’s learning and development. Special emphasis will be placed on culture, family and environments. Students will demonstrate understanding of the Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) by performing an evaluation in an infant/toddler classroom setting.
TEXT: Infants, Toddlers and Caregivers. 9th Edition. Janet Gonzalez-Mena & Diane Widmeyer. 2012
Caregiver’s Companion: Readings and Professional Resources. 9th Edition. Janet Gonzales-Mena & Diane
Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale – 3rd Edition. Thelma Harms, Debby Cryer, & Richard Clifford. 2017
Three credit hour course.
FORMAT: Online course, fall semester only.