Interact with children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on children’s capabilities, competencies, and interests. Foster a learning environment that is based on relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection to build a more stimulating and inclusive classroom. The Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) is grounded in the belief that children are active protagonists of their own growth and development process, and learning is a process of individual and group construction. In order to accomplish this, the classroom environment must be organized to provoke and support learning.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
Antioch University New England is proud to offer experienced education professionals the opportunity to obtain an M.Ed. in Foundations with a concentration in the Reggio Emilia Approach. The Reggio Emilia Approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and was founded by Loris Malaguzzi. Many educators (e.g., Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner and Bruner) inspire and inform the Reggio Emilia Approach.
This REA is grounded in several key principles (e.g., Children are active protagonists of their growth and development process; Learning is a process of individual and group construction and the environment is organized to provoke and support learning).
Antioch University provides its students with an experiential approach to learning that emphasizes understanding of both theories and sound educational practice.
Length of Program:
- This 33 -credit program can be completed in 5-7 semesters.
- fully on-line and low residency options available
- 1-2 courses per term
- Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach-A
- Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach-B
- The Learning Environment as the Third Teacher
- Making Learning Visible through Observation and Documentation
- The Atelier and Learning – Arts Integration
- Comparative Approaches to Early Childhood Education
- Philosophy of Education and Change
- The Developing Mind or Childhood and Nature
- Practicum: Equity & Change
- Practicum: Child Study
- Practicum: Curriculum
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the course catalog.
Upon completion of this certificate and depending on state requirements, students can perform work as a:
- PK-3 Teacher
- Director of Reggio Emilia inspired preschool program
Candidates will understand the principles and values of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Candidates will demonstrate the implementation of these values in their own classrooms.
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