Course Descriptions

TitleEarly Childhood Education

This course is a comparative study of the development of the young child described by Maria Montessori, other educational philosophers at the turn of the century and of the present. It examines the child’s growth in relation to the family and community. Particular emphasis is given to the development of the child from birth to six, following Maria Montessori’s principles of education on cognitive, behavioral, and physical development in relation to the child’s environment; and how these principles compare to other educators. This course offers a review of Montessori’s principles with modern educational thought and practice, as well as new theories and research that support her original work; the study of the different approaches regarding the adult’s role in educating the young child, and the relationship that exists between the adult and child.