A methods course focusing on effective instructional strategies and curriculum for children birth to age 5. Emphasis is placed on developmentally appropriate practices, philosophical approaches to instruction, curriculum based theories, and history and trends in early education. Students will be able to design developmentally appropriate materials and active learning strategies in the content areas of art, science, mathematics, social studies, music, movement, creative dramatics, woodworking, and cooking. The students will also be able to create appropriate learning environments, effectively manage programs and conduct appropriate assessments. A field experience in an early childhood setting, birth to age 5, is also required. Prerequisite: Major in Elementary Education or Special Education, Education 211, or permission. Offered fall term.