The Role of Play in Early Childhood Education
This online course provides a contemporary, research-based perspective of learning through play in early childhood settings, and how this supports optimal brain development and executive function skills.
What you can learn.
- Create quality learning through guided play experiences
- Know the research on play and brain development
- Learn to articulate the benefits of play-based learning
- Enhance executive function skills and intellectual development in your classroom
About this course:Provides a historical and contemporary perspective of play, hands-on experiences, and thoughtful insight into the dynamics of children's play with attention to Piagetian theory, developmental appropriateness, and multicultural approaches. Observe and explore ways to integrate play throughout the curriculum and review available resources. Students may be required to observe young children. Applies toward Title 22 regulations and Title 5 Child Development Permits; core required course for Basic Core Certificate; letter grade of C or better required for California ECE Permits; transferable for unit credit toward a bachelor's degree at all University of California (UC) campuses; accepted for unit, subject, and grade toward a bachelor's degree at all California State University system (CSU) campuses.
Winter 2020 Schedule
These courses are fully online, and there are no in-person classroom meetings.
Internet access required. Materials required. Please note that while late enrollment into a course is acceptable up to four days after the course start date, it is the responsibility of each student to acquire all required books and course materials by the time they are needed in the course.