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Art and Early Childhood Education

Our youngest learners offer an abundance of energy, curiosity, and little formal artistic training. This enthusiasm and wonder provide opportunities to explore the world of art with inquiry and little inhibition. In this course, participants will better understand the intricate developmental characteristics and needs of the early childhood learner. Explore early childhood philosophical approaches and teaching methods for curriculum design, utilize strategies for a productive and engaging studio space, and embrace the creative expression of preschool through 2nd-grade learners. Learn to balance the productive play and structure needed to grow in early childhood education. Participants will end this course with a variety of curriculum and management plans for direct application to their art room, as well as the confidence to teach and nurture the artmaking and creative thinking skills of their young artists.

See the course syllabus and Graduate Catalog for more details.



Required Materials


Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video input and output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • A Google Drive account (not provided by AOEU)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1197.00
Mon 8 Sun
May 1 Weeks Jun 25
Upcoming Course Run Dates
May 1 Jun 25
Jul 3 Aug 27
AOEU Course Code
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE054

Course Objectives

  • Distinguish stages of child development.
  • Critique art education methods and philosophies in early childhood education.
  • Design instructional strategies that support improved pedagogical practice.
  • Appraise strategies for classroom management, supply management, and behavior management.

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