Online Early Childhood Education Courses
Although course offerings vary from school to school, students can expect to take courses in the following subjects:
- Philosophy of Education: Before beginning to form their own teaching beliefs and strategies, students need to understand modern theory as it relates to education. This course provides an overview of foundational educational philosophies in western cultures, and the role they play in developing learning strategies in schools and beyond.
- Issues & Trends in Early Childhood Education: This course analyzes current belief patterns and social issues that affect the field of early childhood education. Students in this course will learn about systemic changes to the system, and how to respond to said changes. Students will also examine past educational initiatives and their various success and failures as well as their impact on young children and families.
- Technology Tools: Thanks to various technological advances, teachers now have plenty of new tools to use when educating pupils. This course provides a general overview of computers and other relevant technology, and how teachers can implement them into modern lesson plans.
- Assistive Technology: Similar to the course mentioned above, this online class familiarizes teachers with technology that can help children with physical disabilities or learning disabilities participate in the classroom. New methods of assisting students with special needs are covered alongside traditional approaches.
- Art Methods for Children: An arts method course teaches students how to develop art programs appropriate for children of various ages. The study of child development theories merges with art education techniques to help students develop relevant assessments and curricula.
- Mathematics Instruction: This online course reviews traditional and emerging ways of teaching mathematics to young children. Current resources for math teachers are examined, and the course also allows teachers to hone their own personal philosophy in regards to teaching math.
While students may be able to take online classes on an individual basis, coursework in early childhood education is typically offered through a degree program. Distance learning programs, which may include some on-site requirements, usually lead to a bachelor's or master's degree and are designed for those who already have experience in the field.
The following schools offer degree programs in early childhood education:
|Arizona State University||M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education||Emergent literacy, learning & instruction|
|University of Nebraska||M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction (Early Childhood Education)||Curriculum implementation, web-based educational environments, children's literature|
|University of North Carolina-Greensboro||M.Ed: Birth-Kindergarten Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development||Educational research, early childhood development|
|University of Cincinnati||Early Childhood Education (associate & bachelor's)||Developmental concerns, social emotional development|
|Penn Foster Career School||Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education||Interpersonal communication, infant & toddler care|
Early childhood education courses are commonly available online and can be pursued as part of a graduate or undergraduate degree program. Instruction may focus on methods for teaching specific subjects, such as math or art, education philosophies or technologies useful for working with students with special needs.