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Early Childhood Education Courses Offered

DEC. 19, 2008—Two courses offered by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls for early childhood professionals connect children to nature through active exploration.

Spring classes begin Jan. 26 and include: The two-credit English Language Learner in Early Childhood (Teacher Education 409, section 20 provides participants with strategies for immersing English language learners through nature literature and integrated classroom activities.

The course will prepare teachers by familiarizing them with a range of language teaching practices and principles for promoting oral language, reading and writing development for early elementary English language learners. The instructor is Becky Zhou, a teacher in the Eau Claire School District and who has taught extensively in China.

Participants must have an associate’s degree in early childhood or permission of the instructor. The class runs through May 8 and is offered via interactive television on Wednesdays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, Feb 11, March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22 and May 6. The remainder of the class is taught online.

The two-credit Integrating Alternative Methodologies of Early Childhood Education (Teacher Education 451, section 20) offers the opportunity to explore early childhood education methodologies that have stood the test of time and continue to be supported by current research.

The course focuses on integrating curriculum through Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilio methods, along with BrainGym techniques. The instructor is Cindy Goldade, who is a certified BrainBym instructor and Montessori teacher with extensive experience in adult education. This is a hands-on experiential course.

Prerequisite includes completion of associate’s degree in early childhood education. The online class runs Jan. 26 through April 3, with two on-campus meetings are required: Feb. 14 and March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available online at, or contact program coordinator Linda Onan at 715-425-3562.


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