Courses Catalogue

Clinical Experiences And Seminars In Early Childhood Education

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Early Childhood, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Course Description

This course focuses on clinical experiences, helps students engage in early field experiences with a focus on connecting theory to practice, understanding the professional responsibilities of teachers, and developing strategies that positively impact the learning of a diverse population of students. Students will observe and participate in a wide range of in-classroom teaching experiences in order to develop the skills and confidence necessary to be an effective teacher. Also, the courses exposes teachers to basic principles of curriculum construction and development, curriculum implementation, dynamics and strategies of curriculum change, theories of curriculum design and curriculum evaluation. It includes the administration and supervision of early childhood education.

Assessment in early childhood education helps prepare future and current teachers to measure or evaluate children in early childhood, to become fully informed about the range of assessment possibilities available, and to learn how those techniques and instruments can be most beneficial to the children in their classrooms. Included, in this course, is information about standardized tests and other types of assessment, such as screening tools, observations, checklists, and rating scales.


Course Aims

Through expertise and practical knowledge, students should be able to identify and describe the key concepts associated with interviewing, listening and questioning skills of early childhood pupils, appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children’s success, recording strategies, rating systems, portfolios, and multiple assessment tools are explored.  Finally, students synthesize their learning by developing to examining the basic principles of curriculum construction, implementation, change, design, and evaluation.


Course learning outcomes

By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:

• Explain the importance of an effective interview with early childhood pupils.

• Identify and demonstrate main types of interviews that are employed with early childhood pupils.

·   Explain curriculum and its design, patterns, implementation and development.

·         Explain the basic concepts in child assessment.

·         Explain the quality assessments and types

·         Gain skills in practice and knowledge of the testing context.

·         Review, select and administer assessments appropriate for children.