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Early Learning Minor

This minor provides a focus for students wishing to work with children aged three through eight. Students who receive credit for this minor cannot also receive credit for the early learning specialization with the bachelor of general studies program.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete

PSYC 250 - Introduction to Developmental Psychology (3)

Considers the psychological and physical aspects of human development from conception through middle childhood. Topics include social, emotional, language, cognitive, perceptual and physical development. Prerequisite: PSYC 102.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Hali Kil
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 8:30–10:20 a.m.
B101 TBD

Upper Division Requirements

Students complete both of

EDUC 464 - Early Childhood Education (4)

Current trends, issues and research relating to the education of young children. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or PSYC 250 or corequisite EDUC 403.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Karen Kurytnik
OL02 Victoria Guyevskey
EDUC 466 - Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Instruction (4)

Designed to expand on the theoretical foundations provided in EDUC 464 engaging students in the critical analysis of programming for early learners by surveying a variety of program types and providing both an overview of content areas for further discussion and inquiry specific to curriculum and instruction. Prerequisite: Corequisite: EDUC 464.

and seven units chosen from the following

EDUC 322 - The Social Lives of School Children (3)

An overview of theory, research and practice concerning social emotional development and social interactions and relationships in the school context. Emphasis on the role of peer relationships in development and the role of the school in supporting positive interactions. Prerequisite: EDUC 220 or PSYC 250.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Karen Kurytnik
EDUC 422 - Learning Disabilities (4)

A study of conceptual and historic foundations of learning disabilities and an introduction to the methodologies of diagnosis and of learning disabilities. Prerequisite: PSYC 250 or corequisite of EDUC 315 or 473. Students may be required to successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
OL01 Maureen Hoskyn
EDUC 465 - Children's Literature (4)

Historical, sociological and literary perspectives on literature for children. Prerequisite: 60 units.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Beth Marshall
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Fri, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
EDUC 472 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Language Arts (4)

Focuses on developing knowledge, skills and strategies to create a rich and stimulating language arts program in the elementary classroom. Issues in reading, writing, speaking and listening will be examined through current theory and teaching practice. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Angela Connelly
EDUC 473W - Designs for Learning: Reading (4)

Offers theoretical and practical information about teaching reading in K-12 general education settings. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students with credit for EDUC 473 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

EDUC 475 - Designs for Learning: Elementary Mathematics (4)

Focuses on teaching elementary school mathematics. Students explore mathematical learning, their own mathematical thinking, and curriculum; and plan mathematical instruction within a consistent framework using appropriate instructional materials and methods. Prerequisite: EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403. Students must successfully complete an SFU criminal records check. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Barb Wagner