ECAE 7109T Scientific Inquiry in Early Childhood Education
30 hours, 30 hours supervised field experience; 3 credits
Approaches to nurturing curiosity in children, from infancy through the early childhood years. Development of educational environments to promote scientific curiosity and playful exploration in young children, including English language learners and children with special needs. Integration of science in the early childhood curriculum; exploration of natural environments; creative representation of science learning. Family involvement in science education; familiarity with technologies and community resources. Students who possess a New York State Initial Certificate in Early Childhood Education or its equivalent may complete the field experience in their own early childhood classrooms; students who do not possess a New York State Initial Certificate or its equivalent will complete the field experience under the direct supervision of a certified teacher.
Prerequisite: Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T or 7102T.