EC 313 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

This course examines language and literacy development in children from birth to five years of age, including the role of English language learners and language development for exceptional learners. This course leads students to examine the purposes and appropriateness of both daily and longer term planning of teacher-facilitated language and literacy experiences for young children. Questions to be addressed include these: What underlying philosophies guide language and literacy curriculum development for young children? How can language and literacy content and curriculum be made developmentally appropriate for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners? Students will study, critique and create short- and long-term plans for incorporating language and literacy in the curriculum utilizing North Dakota's Early Learning Guidelines and the ND Curriculum Content Standards. Although appropriate content for infants and toddlers will be included, the primary focus of this course is preschool and kindergarten curricula and instruction. Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Fall.