(Formerly EDUC& 114) Build a functional understanding of the foundation of child development from conception through early adolescence in all domains of development as seen through various developmental theories. The impact of culture, race, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family status, and exceptionalities on overall development will be examined as well as current research regarding brain development. Methods of observing and documenting developmental growth will be examined. STARS approved.
Examine the principles and theories promoting social competence in young children and creating safe learning environments. Develop skills promoting effective interactions, providing positive individual guidance, and enhancing group experiences. STARS approved.
Integrate the family and community contexts in which a child develops. Explore cultures and demographics of families in society, community resources, strategies for involving families in the education of their child, and tools for effective communication. This class will include students from multiple sections.
An introductory course in understanding educational programs, and state and federal laws regarding the education of children with special needs. An overview of current issues, trends, and resources affecting services and programs for children with special needs. (E)
Introduction to the field of education with an overview of education in America; the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education; current issues and trends in curriculum, instructional strategies, law and ethics; teaching as a profession; and the future of education. Includes classroom observations in public school.
Techniques of teaching (comparable to Vocational Certification Unit #1). Development of performance-based objectives for vocational program units of instruction and lesson plans. Development of techniques of evaluated student progress in consideration of performance-based objectives. Study of ways in which instructional materials may be presented. Individuals are encouraged to develop performance-based units of instruction in a vocational program.
Complete a task analysis of the occupation you are or will be teaching (comparable to Vocational Certification Unit #2). Analysis will form foundation for curriculum development for each occupational program.
Use task analysis to establish curriculum and units of instruction for occupational programs (comparable to Vocational Certification Unit #3). Performance-based objectives will be encouraged.
Insights into child abuse and neglect within a family system. Identify types of abuse and signs and symptoms of victims. Mandated reporting requirements consistent with WAC 180-78-165 for educators, caregivers, and youth workers. STARS approved.
An introduction to the principles of tutoring and mentoring children in language arts and mathematics. Includes communication skills, attitudes, and expectations of the tutor; building relationships with the child/ student; and providing positive behavioral support. Designed for Americorps members, paraeducators, and students interested in working with children.
Credits1 - 3
An introduction to peer-tutoring principles, strategies, and techniques with an emphasis on application to peer tutoring sessions.
By understanding the adult learner and how one learns, the instructor can teach more effectively and can motivate and improve retention rates. In this course, instructor-learners will identify learning principles and adult characteristics, learning styles, demographics and motivation. They will also learn to modify curriculum and instruction based on the needs of the adult learners in their classrooms.
Factors that contribute to challenging behaviors in children. Positive behavior support strategies for children who persist in challenging behavior and do not respond to general child guidance procedures. Effective and individualized interventions for severe challenging behaviors. STARS approved.
Training for advisors. Advisors participate in four in-person sessions and a continual online forum for discussion and activities. Subsequent annual sessions for follow-up and updates will be facilitated by peer mentors and class facilitators.