In this course, students will study and develop strategies for engaging the young child in the learning process. They will recognize effective strategies for developing positive relationships and for promoting active participation in meaningful, relevant experiences that support concept and content development. They will develop instructional strategies to scaffold learning experiences across content areas and identify ways to create positive and stimulating environments that support the learning process. This course will include 10 hours observation/exploration in an early childhood education setting. Eligibility for enrollment in this course is based upon student acquisition of Pennsylvania criminal and child abuse clearances, a health clearance, and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) check showing eligibility to work with children. Clearances must be less than one year old at the start of the semester when the student is enrolled in this course.