Course Description

This course focuses on the attributes and pedagogy specific to young children, in addition to theoretical models of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment that optimize teaching and learning in the early childhood setting. Participants examine methods for designing lessons and explore effective teaching strategies to promote learning.

This graduate course is 4 weeks.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Topics and Objectives

Learning Goals, Objectives, and Lesson Planning

  • Differentiate between goals and objectives.
  • Relate Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to writing goals and objectives.
  • Write developmentally appropriate objectives.
  • Explain how a lesson plan objective relates to instruction.
  • Describe the components of a lesson plan.
  • Compare different approaches to lesson planning.
  • Explain the role of standards in planning and instruction.
  • Determine the information needed to make instructional decisions in an early childhood setting.
  • Design a lesson plan.


  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses among assessment types.
  • Create instructionally sound assessments appropriate for young children.
  • Design a rubric to identify criteria for evaluating a learning activity.
  • Describe how assessments and evaluation of children’s learning can be used to guide lesson planning and instruction.

Instructional Strategies

  • Compare the effectiveness of various instructional strategies for young students.
  • Demonstrate how to use various instructional strategies to promote student-centered learning.
  • Integrate graphic organizers and concept mapping to promote lesson planning and instruction.
  • Describe how students’ critical thinking can be promoted through effective objectives, questioning, and activities.
  • Describe methods of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of culturally and academically diverse students.
  • Explain how response to intervention (RTI) supports student learning.

Evaluation, Reflection, and Promoting Student Learning and Development

  • Describe the importance of self-reflection for lesson planning.
  • Describe how assessments and evaluation of student learning can be used in lesson planning.
  • Critique lesson plans.
  • Evaluate your personal disposition toward the teaching profession.
  • Develop classroom management strategies to positively affect lesson delivery and student learning.
  • Explain the effect of school, family, and community relationships on teaching and learning.
  • Describe how addressing student diversity in lesson planning can promote student learning.




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Section Title
Instructor Led
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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jan 14, 2020 to Feb 10, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Fees
Resource Fee $75.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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