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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Kindergarten Endorsement

Endorsement in Kindergarten requires 15 hours minimum
Credits are semester hours

Kindergarten

North DakotaState Standards 8.8 (Kindergarten Endorsement)

8.8.1 The program requires the study of typical and atypical child development to include the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and aesthetic development of all young children from birth through age eight including characteristics of children as learners and as individuals. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

In ED 335, Early Childhood Education, candidates are introduced to the field of early childhood education by first learning about the sequence of development from birth through age 8. In addition, they examine, compare, and contrast a variety of theories of child development and study the history of early childhood education and its relevance to the field today. Through a day-long shadowing experience in a kindergarten classroom, candidates observe first hand differing learning styles and developmental differences in physical, social, and emotional growth among young children.

In ED 360, Language Acquisition: The Child, candidates study theories about language development as well as pedagogical approaches to literacy development.

In ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities, candidates actually become teachers of Minot State University’s Preschool. They design and teach theme-based lessons to preschoolers ranging in age from 3 to 5.

Performance Assessments:

ED 335:
The Read/Write/Discuss Journal: As candidates read textbook material dealing with various aspects of early childhood development and learning, they choose five topics about which to write. Then they write reflections indicative of the impact the topics have on them as future early childhood educators. The RWD journal guides discussion of various textbook topics.

Thematic Unit: Candidates develop a theme-based unit for kindergarten children in which are developmentally appropriate lessons, activities, and assessments.

Shadowing Experience: In addition, each candidate completes a day-long kindergarten shadowing experience. They write analyses of the experiences based on observations of the setting, the emotional, language, cognitive, and physical development of the children as well as of the organization of the classroom and of the activities in a typical day.

ED 360:
Text Interactions: For each textbook reading assignment candidates answer reflective questions in writing. These study guides act as impetus for class discussion of the reading material. Candidates reflect in writing about various aspects of language development and the effect family and culture has on the way in which children learn to speak.

Analysis of a Child’s Speech: Each candidate chooses a child in the age range of 3 to 5 years. The candidate reads a story to the child on several occasions, and then asks the child to relate the story him/herself. The story retelling is tape-recorded. The candidate then does a full transcription of the story retelling. Using the transcription, the candidate is able to analyze the child’s speech according to speech patterns, use of complete sentences, use of descriptive words, and so on.

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of art, music, physical development, language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

8.8.2 The program requires the study of historical, philosophical, and social foundations and how these foundations influence current thought and practice in early childhood education. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidate’s understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

ED 335, Early Childhood Education, discusses historical, philosophical, and social foundations, as well as current thought in this area.

ED 360. Language Acquisition: The Child, deals with historical perspectives in the area of language acquisition, as well as ideas currently being discussed.

ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities, helps candidates develop lessons based on current research in the area of early childhood.

Performance Assessments:

ED 335:
Early Childhood History Report: Candidates prepare a research report dealing with one of many people who have contributed to current philosophies of early childhood education.

Journal Article Reviews: Candidates seek current research in early childhood and prepare two reports during the semester on the articles in question.

Early Childhood Philosophy Paper: Candidates study various philosophies of education in general and early childhood in particular and prepare a personal philosophy of early childhood education.

Thematic Unit: Candidates develop a theme-based unit for kindergarten children in which are developmentally appropriate lessons, activities, and assessments. ED 430:

Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

Curriculum Plan: Candidates prepare a curriculum plan based on two themes not covered in the teaching of the preschool. For each theme they develop lessons and activities in literacy, art, math, fine and large motor skills, and music.

8.8.3 The program requires study of how to establish and maintain collaborative partnerships with families, communities, and other professionals. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

In all three early childhood courses offered at Minot State University emphasis is placed on working productively with families, communities, and other professionals. Guest speakers from social service agencies and from day care/preschool settings provide valuable information to candidates. As students plan and teach in the MSU preschool, they interact with families at each session and through parent newsletters often created by the candidates themselves.

Performance Assessments:

ED 335:
Shadowing Experience: In addition, each candidate completes a day-long kindergarten shadowing experience. They write analyses of the experiences based on observations of the teacher, the setting, the emotional, language, cognitive, and physical development of the children as well as of the organization of the classroom and of the activities in a typical day.

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates collaboratively prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

8.8.4 The program requires 16 semester hours of study in developmentally appropriate practices, and the development and implementation of curriculum instruction based on knowledge of individual children and the community. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Early childhood courses at Minot State University deal with developmentally appropriate practices through lesson and unit planning and implementation.

ED 335:
Thematic Unit: Candidates develop a theme-based unit for kindergarten children in which are developmentally appropriate lessons, activities, and assessments.
Mini-teaching Projects: Students develop and present two developmentally appropriate mini-lessons to the class during the semester.

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates collaboratively prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

8.8.5 The program requires the study of strategies to encourage positive social interaction among children, to promote positive conflict resolution, and to develop personal self-control, self-motivation, and self-esteem. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Throughout ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities, candidates work directly with young children to encourage self-control. The candidates learn a variety of classroom management techniques and organize activities to reflect the needs of the children. As candidates teach the young children, they engage in an on-going dialogue with each other and with the professor dealing with their ability to apply knowledge concerning classroom motivation, management, and discipline. Discussions in other courses deal with case studies of possible problems that may arise with child abuse of various kinds and the responsibilities a teacher has and actions a teacher must take in dealing with such situations.

Performance Assessments:

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates collaboratively prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

Written Reflection: At the close of the semester in which candidates work with young children, they are asked to write a reflection on their abilities as teachers. They reflect on their positive qualities as well as on areas in which they need to improve.

8.8.6 The program requires the study of formal and informal assessment, the use of assessment information on planning and individualizing curriculum and teaching practices, and on providing feedback to families of all young children. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

As candidates prepare and present lessons in ED 335, Early Childhood Education, and in ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities, they work with appropriate assessment strategies, all of which are aligned to student-centered objectives. In ED 430, candidates are acquainted with a variety of observational techniques and strategies. In ED 360, Language Acquisition: The Child, students assess the language development of a young child.

Performance Assessment:

ED 335:
Thematic Unit: Candidates develop a theme-based unit for kindergarten children in which are developmentally appropriate lessons, activities, and assessments.

Mini-teaching Projects: Students develop and present two developmentally appropriate mini-lessons to the class during the semester.

ED 360:
Analysis of a Child’s Speech: Each candidate chooses a child in the age range of 3 to 5 years. The candidate reads a story to the child on several occasions, then asks the child to relate the story him/herself. The story retelling is tape-recorded. The candidate then does a full transcription of the story retelling. Using the transcription, the candidate is able to analyze the child’s speech according to speech patterns, use of complete sentences, use of descriptive words, and so on.

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates collaboratively prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in preschool under the supervision of the course professor.areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the

Written Reflection: At the close of the semester in which candidates work with young children, they are asked to write a reflection on their abilities as teachers. They reflect on their positive qualities as well as on areas in which they need to improve. Candidates also assess the progress of a number of children who took part in the preschool, based on the candidates’ observations.

8.8.7 The program requires the study of current, appropriate instructional and augmentative technologies for professions, children, and families. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Throughout the three early childhood courses candidates are encouraged to make use of technology to find and create lessons for teaching young children. In addition, in ED 335, Early Childhood Education, candidates analyze two technological resources designed specifically for children to use.

ED 335:
Computer Software Analysis: Candidates examine two early childhood software programs. One of the programs may be found on the Internet, the other must be one a teacher or parent may purchase. Candidates analyze the programs for developmental appropriateness, ease of use (by children), educational worthiness, and appeal. The required information is included in a paper for submission and discussion in class.

8.8.8 The program requires the study of actively modeling professionalism, advocacy, ethical behavior, and commitment to lifelong learning. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

A variety of activities concerning professionalism, ethical behavior, and commitment to life-long learning permeate the early childhood program at Minot State University. In addition to various course requirements, candidates meet with speakers from social services and day care/preschool settings to learn about the administration of early childhood programs and licensing requirements.

Performance Assessments:

ED 335:
Thematic Unit: Candidates develop a theme-based unit for kindergarten children in which are developmentally appropriate lessons, activities, and assessments.

Mini-teaching Projects: Students develop and present two developmentally appropriate mini-lessons to the class during the semester.

Journal Article Reviews: Candidates seek current research in early childhood and prepare two reports during the semester on the articles in question. Candidates demonstrate good writing skills through the writing of Read/Write/Discuss reflections, through the writing of clearly planned lessons, through the writing of two journal article reviews and a history paper, and through the writing of a philosophy of early childhood education.

ED 360:
Analysis of a Child’s Speech: Each candidate chooses a child in the age range of 3 to 5 years. The candidate reads a story to the child on several occasions, then asks the child to relate the story him/herself. The story retelling is tape-recorded. The candidate then does a full transcription of the story retelling. Using the transcription, the candidate is able to analyze the child’s speech according to speech patterns, use of complete sentences, use of descriptive words, and so on.

Jigsaw Paper: Candidates choose a topic related to language acquisition or the development of early literacy. Several candidates may choose the same topic, but each does research and writes his/her paper alone. Once the papers have been written, people with the same topic meet to discuss what they learned. Then they plan a presentation for the class that must include an interactive component.

Storytelling: Each candidate chooses a folk tale appropriate for young children. The candidate learns the story for presentation in class, using a self-created prop to use as the story is told. Note: the stories are told, not read.

ED 430:
Preschool Teaching: The early childhood program at Minot State University holds an on-site preschool as part of ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities. Candidates collaboratively prepare and present developmentally appropriate thematic lessons in areas of play, art, music, physical, social, and language development, mathematics, science, and literacy. The candidates are responsible for organizing and operating the preschool under the supervision of the course professor.

8.8.9 The program requires three supervised field experiences and two student teaching experiences. One student teaching experience must be in an accredited pre-kindergarten or kindergarten setting and the other in grades 1, 2, or 3, and include the opportunity to work with children with special needs. The program uses varied performance assessments of candidates’ understanding and abilities to apply that knowledge.

Candidates seeking the kindergarten endorsement at Minot State University engage in a preschool practicum experience on campus (ED 430, Preschool Curriculum and Activities), an elementary student teaching experience (ED 492), and a kindergarten student teaching experience (ED 491).