Constructivism in Early Childhood Specialization

"Participating in the ECE graduate program has been an extraordinary and richly inspiring experience. I have come to understand and truly appreciate the constructivist approach to education, acknowledging that children are constantly learning through active exchanges with their environments. My role as a teacher is not to simply give them information; rather, it is to help inspire them to construct new knowledge for themselves!"

"I started researching a graduate program that truly embraces the constructivist pedagogy. PSU stood out to me initially and it has exceeded all expectations. I find myself continuously reconstructing my knowledge of early childhood in every course."

A specialization in Constructivism in Early Childhood Education is grounded in the works of Piaget and Vygotsky and influenced by the educational ideas and practices from Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe that children are active participants in the construction of knowledge as they engage with the people and world around them.

The courses required for this specialization are listed below.

Specialization in Constructivism in Early Childhood (18 credits)

  • CI 571 Play: Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • CI 573 Assessment and Technology in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • CI 576 Equity and Cultural Diversity in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • CI 577 Learning Designs: Environments in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • CI 578 Constructivist Curriculum: Big Ideas in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • CI 579 Young Child as a Scientist or CI 572 Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)