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TED 8810  STEM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: CURRICULUM AND RESEARCH (3 credits)

This course will explore theoretical and foundational pedagogical strategies in early childhood education used to deliver integrative STEM education in the preK-12 setting. In order to understand the research and practice of STEM disciplines in preK-12, it is necessary to examine the social, cultural, political, and functional aspects that influence them. Candidates will investigate the nature of STEM education, Early Childhood Education (ECE) pedagogy and perspectives of learning, content knowledge and dispositions for educators of STEM topics, and issues of access and equity for STEM education through literature, discussion, and practice. This course includes a community outreach component in which candidates will use qualitative methods to observe class topics in public settings. (Cross-listed with STEM 8810)

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Graduate status