The first of two required courses leading to a middle childhood extension certification. Course topics include the rationale, philosophy, and foundations for middle schools; the culture of middle-level schools; sociocultural influences on middle-level schooling and students; developmental aspects of young adolescents and their needs for personalization and community; restructuring, block scheduling, teaming concepts and instructional delivery through teaming; advisories; gender, diversity and bullying issues; social and emotional learning (SEL) and service learning; parent involvement; and health and safety.
Middle Childhood Extension Course Descriptions
- CT221/SED 221: Middle Childhood Philosophy and Teaching (3 s.h.)
CT 221 / SED 221
- CT 247A: Middle Childhood Curriculum: 5-6 (3 s.h.)
This course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the New York State standards and assessments on the 5-6th grade levels. Course work focuses on a more global approach to academic curricula, the philosophy and practice of interdisciplinary and thematic integrated curriculum and the skills that need to be taught and infused into all subjects taught on these levels within the K-12 scope and sequence to provide continuity and articulation. Instructional strategies and models, teaming of students and faculty, grade-level configurations, and diverse assessments are emphasized.
- CT 248A: Middle Childhood Curriculum: 7-9 (3 s.h.)
This course emphasizes both teaching as a specialist in a subject area and understanding a more global approach to academic curricula. The course includes the structures and curriculum approaches students have already experienced and how to foster a smooth transition for students into a full teaming structure. Course work focuses on the philosophy and practice of interdisciplinary and thematic integrated curriculum and the skills that need to be taught and infused into all subjects taught on these levels within the K-12 scope and sequence to provide continuity and articulation. The interdisciplinary nature of the New York state standards and assessments is stressed.