Lebanese American University

Continuing Education Program

Preschool Education

This teacher training program is designed to prepare students for employment and career advancement in the field of early childhood education. The aim of the program is to provide students with sufficient knowledge and practical skills to plan and implement developmentally appropriate programs for children from 2 to 6 years of age in various types of childcare settings. Throughout this one-year (three-semester) program, trainees will develop and update their teaching methods and earn a certificate.

Students may register for individual courses or enroll in the full program.

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Curriculum

ECE Courses with Brief Description

 

  1. Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course provides an introduction to the field of Early Childhood Education including history, philosophy, and the application of child development techniques. It addresses early childhood care and development issues that include guiding the physical, cognitive, creative, social, emotional, and moral development of children.

It covers the following key areas of professional knowledge: child growth and development; foundations and goals of the early childhood education program; developmentally appropriate practices and the role of the teacher in early childhood settings, health, nutrition and safety. 

  1. Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education

The emphasis of this course is on the exploration of the role of developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice through the implementation of integrated thematic curriculum in the early childhood years. An important feature of this course is the application of theory to practice. The course is organized into 3 parts. The 1st part, introduces the concepts of developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice, integrated thematic play based curriculum, and the elements to consider when developing the integrated curriculum. The 2nd part of the course concerns the planning and implementation of the integrated curriculum. Part 3, provides the students with information about observation and assessment.

  1. Information Technology Integration in Early Childhood Education I &II

Information Technology Integration in Early Childhood Education provides teachers with ideas and technological tools they can use in classrooms as part of instruction.

Teachers will engage with the design and creation of exciting, intellectually challenging and authentic learning environments in which IT changes not only what students learn but also how they learn, as we move forward in the 21st century. Trainees in this course will examine how IT might be used to both enhance and transform learning.

  1. Field practice I & II

Field practice I will give the students the opportunity to have direct authentic experience in a school setting. This initial experience will allow applying theory into practice. Students will be required to conduct focused observations and analysis of the learning environment, the curriculum, and teaching practices. In addition, they will be required to apply mini lessons in their assigned class. Weekly on- campus meetings will be held to ensure all issues are discussed and guidance is provided.

Field practice II allows the students to elaborate their in-school observations by sharing responsibility in class with the cooperating teacher. They will be required to design units and implement lessons that meet the various needs of children. Weekly on-campus meetings will be held to ensure all issues are discussed and guidance is provided.

  1. Language Development and Literacy in Early Childhood Education

The aim of this course is to provide a framework for understanding the beginnings of language and literacy: how young children come to know and to use spoken and written language in ways that connect them to life around them. It is designed to help teachers build on what children bring to oral language, reading, and writing, and to enhance developmentally appropriate language and literacy activities. It advocates an integrated approach in which young children are actively engaged in meaningful and functional language and literacy events, thereby learning “a language for life”.

  1. Curriculum planning

This course provides an overview of early childhood curriculum development. It includes processes for planning, implementing, and assessing developmentally appropriate environments, materials and experiences in quality early childhood programs.

More specifically, this course emphasizes long range (year, unit), and short range (day, lesson) planning to meet the needs of the developing child. Teaching methods, material selection, and assessment techniques appropriate for use in early childhood programs will be discussed.

  1. Mathematics and Science Teaching in Early Childhood Education

The aim of this course is to provide a framework for understanding the beginnings of mathematics and science experiences: how young children come to develop problem-solving skills and to use it in ways that connect them to life around them. It is designed to help teachers recognize and facilitate inquiry-discovery experiences for young children and to plan and implement developmentally appropriate math and science activities. It advocates an integrated approach in which young children are actively engaged in meaningful and functional events, thereby learning “a skill for life”. Emphasis is on developmentally appropriate instructional strategies linked to ECE content and process standards.

  1. Classroom Management

Classroom management is one of the biggest challenges of the teaching profession. In this course, students will examine positive and effective techniques to manage their classrooms while having hands-on experience pertaining planning learning experiences and centers to meet different needs, flexible grouping and regrouping, classroom routines and schedules as well as behavior management techniques.


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