ECAE 7652T Teaching Young Children with Special Needs and English Language Learners through the Arts
30 hours lecture, 30 hours laboratory; 3 credits
Development of competencies needed to teach young children with special needs and English language learners with an emphasis on integrating the visual and performing arts; formal and informal assessment, goal setting, and integration of theories of learning, the expressive arts, improvisation and research validated practice into curriculum across a variety of content areas. We will examine philosophies and methods for integrating the storytelling, theater improvisation, puppetry, creative drama and the visual arts within early childhood settings, with emphasis on their use to support children with special needs and English language learners. Field experience in inclusive early childhood settings. Focus on reflective practice and on the development of nurturing and stimulating learning environments inclusive of children with special needs.
Prerequisite: Early Childhood and Art Education 7101T and 7102T or permission of the program head.