Multi-age Groups

Course Number: ECE 177
Transcript Title: Multi-age Groups
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 15, 2019
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Explores the benefits and addresses the challenges of creating quality environments and programming for children of mixed ages. Multi-age early childhood settings can include children from infancy through elementary school age. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the developmental benefits and issues of multi-age groupings.
  2. Evaluate the programmatic benefits and issues of multi-age groups.
  3. Create plans for developing quality programs for multi-age groups, including: planning, maintaining, environments and characteristics.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment may include attendance, participation, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Overview of developmental needs and characteristics from infancy through school age.
  2. Developmental benefits and challenges of mixed age groups.
  3. Programmatic benefits and challenges of mixed age groups.
  4. Addressing challenges and barriers.
  5. Involving families in planning and maintaining mixed age classrooms and environments.
  6. Specific curricular and environmental considerations (regulatory) and characteristics (equipment, materials, and activities) of mixed age programs.