Professional Educator Diploma in Teaching Early Years Learners

The Professional Educator Diploma in Teaching Early Years Learners  (CELE) assists participants in understanding and fostering the development of early learning skills in young children in various learning environments. Participants acquire knowledge and skills in the area of child development, in relation to early years education, including methods of fostering early learning in different contexts, assessment, active student engagement, integrating technology and reflective practice.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the diploma, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the principles of child  development and learning theories and their importance in teaching and learning
  • Apply a variety of teaching strategies for children and youth in formal and informal learning settings
  • Develop and utilize effective formative and summative assessment methods and tools.
  • Enhance student engagement through applying active learning, providing a healthy learning environment and constructing partnerships with parents, and community partners to deliver high-quality education
  • Utilize and integrate classroom technology in pedagogically productive ways
  • Employ reflective, experiential, and pragmatic pedagogic approaches for diverse learners effectively

Courses

  • This course empowers teachers with essential knowledge about how children develop over the early learners' period (birth through age 12) in the key developmental areas of cognition, language, social-emotional, motor skills, and self-help. Theories of child development relevant to education in the early years are included. Teachers will also gain knowledge regarding the different learning styles and abilities of students.

  • This course supports teachers in attaining a deeper understanding of how early grade students learn and of the pedagogic models and practices specific to their subject area of teaching and learning. Topics include instructional strategies, classroom organizational models, communication skills to enhance active inquiry, collaborative learning, instructional planning, development of reflection skills, problem-solving, and classroom management techniques.

  • This course helps teachers understand the nature of assessment for early learners. Teachers will be able to identify and differentiate between the three types of assessments related to learning. Teachers will explore the role of assessment in the learning process. They will be able to identify, differentiate and use various assessment strategies effectively. Topics will include: selecting and developing assessment methods; administering, scoring, and interpreting assessment results; using descriptive feedback; using assessment results when making decisions about individual students; and recognizing unethical, illegal, and inappropriate assessment methods and uses of assessment information.

  • This course will help teachers explore how a student's engagement affects their active learning. The course will consider classroom-related engagement areas related to cognitive, behavioral, and affective fields. Topics will include areas like engagement, motivating young learners, safe and healthy supporting learning environments, technology and inquiry, creativity and critical thinking, parental and community engagement, parental communication and counseling, global citizenship, and related behaviors and attitudes.

  • This course introduces teachers to innovative techniques for the effective integration of instructional technology in the teaching and learning process to increase student engagement and achievement. The course will enable teachers to use technology as a teaching and learning mean, choose appropriate technological tools based on learner's needs, and design meaningful learning experiences for their students. Topics covered in this course include the role of technology in 21st-century education, student-centered learning, virtual learning environments, online communication and collaboration tools, netiquette, cross-disciplinary integration, open-source education, video technologies, gamification, digital citizenship, and online assessment tools.

  • This practical course will help teachers to become reflective educators and integrate theoretically acquired knowledge into professional practice. The course will enhance the teacher’s ability to utilize reflective, experiential, and pragmatic pedagogic approaches for diverse learners effectively. The course, therefore, aims at upgrading and promoting the facilitation of learning through peer observation, critical friends groups, and cognitive coaching. The 516 course should be the last course of the diploma

Course

Prerequisites

CELE 511: Child Development and Learning Theories

No prerequisite

CELE 512: Teaching Strategies and Classroom Learning for Young Learners

CELE 511 is a prerequisite

CELE 513: Assessment of Young Learners Learning

CELE 511 and CELE 512 are prerequisites

CELE 514: Active Engagement for Learning for Young Learners

CELE 511 and CELE 512 are prerequisites

CELE 515: Technology and Media for Learning of Young Learners

No prerequisite

CELE 516: Teaching Practicum for Differentiation of Classroom Instruction for Young Learners

CELE 511, CELE 512 , CELE 513 and CELE 514 are prerequisites

Notes about courses pairing

  • CELE 511 and CELE 512 can be taken together
  • CELE 511 and CELE 515 can be taken together
  • CELE 512 and CELE 515 can be taken together
  • CELE 515 and CELE 516 can be taken together