This course provides an introduction to basic science concepts designed to enhance student teachers’ content knowledge of the National Primary School Science Curriculum. Its main aim is to provide teachers with an understanding of the fundamental and unifying science principles in the physical, chemical and life process aspect of science. These concepts will equip them with the necessary tools to take back to the classroom and teach science. The course begins by demonstrating an understanding of the scientific process as a means of facilitating how children learn science. Furthermore, it continues by entering broader aspects of science, such as; the universe and the dynamics of Earth, living organisms, life processes, General chemistry and Energy.
- Teacher: Floridalma Molina Zuniga
This course will focus on the art of persuasive speaking and writing, using pyrogymnasmata as a foundation for the rhetorical style. Students will follow the argumentation process to set up claims that are clearly worded using deductive and inductive reasoning to lay out their argument in concise and concrete linear terms. Throughout the course, students through critical analysis of selected literature will learn and practice in both oral and written forms the rules of clear, effective and influential speech. Students will learn not only the importance of the construction of the written work but the minutiae of delivery through the art of speech.
Fundamentals of Linguistics introduces the study of language. It explores concepts and theories of various areas of linguistics including phonology, orthography, morphology, etymology, syntax, semantics and language acquisition. It examines the spoken and written forms of language varieties in the Belizean and global context.
- Teacher: Santos Tesecum
This course is mandatory for students taking the Associate of Arts Degree in Primary Education and the Certificate in Primary Education programs. The course introduces students to the teaching of language and literacy to children from eight to fourteen years of age. Students acquire knowledge of how young children use the skills and components of language. Students explore and apply teaching strategies that will enable young children to develop these skills and components. Students also encounter strategies for modifying instruction to meet the needs of children from diverse social, cultural, economic and linguistic backgrounds and with varying levels of ability.
- Teacher: Santos Tesecum
Advanced Database Design Lab (CMPS2652L) is an application-oriented course that covers the core principles and techniques required in the design and implementation of database systems. It includes topics as Entity-Relational model, Normalization and Relational model. Students will obtain the experience of working with databases using SQL language.
This course offers a more in-depth study of
language development from infancy to age eight. Topics include: language
development stages, theories of language acquisition, assessment of language
development, English language learners and children with special needs language
development, and developmentally appropriate planning to foster effective
language development. Additionally, it studies how to foster language development
through home and school connections. As a requirement, candidates participate
in a three-hour clinical experience. They conduct a one-hour observation, and
then prepare a lesson plan for two whole-group interactions with children in a
preschool or lower division of a primary school setting.
This course provides an analysis of evidence-based health, safety, and nutritional practices to ensure children's well-being. It includes information on common diseases and health issues; child abuse and neglect; healthy environments; preventing and responding to emergencies; and planning healthy, safe, and nutritional experiences that are appropriate to the age of the child. It
also discusses healthy eating habits, physical activity, and rest as nutritional factors essential for children's development. As a requirement for the course, candidates participate in the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid certification.
This course provides an overview of the importance of assessment for young children. It examines the theory, methods, and practical strategies of observing and documenting youngsters in their environment to determine the effectiveness of planning and instruction in the early childhood curriculum. It reviews data collection using various authentic assessments and assessment methods. Candidates study traditional assessment strategies such as tests and rubrics used in the early primary years. Additionally, they examine methods of evaluating early childhood programs considering the physical and social environments, and the cognitive development of children in their program. As a requirement, candidates observe a class and identify a child. Then, they prepare a detailed lesson plan with developmentally appropriate learning experiences and assessment for a one-on-one interaction with the child in a preschool setting.
This course introduces student teachers to the early childhood curriculum. It focuses on the daycare, preschool, and lower primary school curricula, and emphasizes developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood institutions. The constructivist teaching-learning principles are examined from a holistic perspective; therefore, student teachers gather an understanding of play-based curriculum across the developmental domains and content areas. Planning for appropriate and integrated lessons is an integral part of the course. As a requirement, candidates observe a class and then prepare a detailed lesson plan with developmentally appropriate learning experiences for a whole-group interaction with children in a preschool setting.
The Nature of the Learner focuses on the study of child growth and development. It seeks to introduce student teachers to basic principles of growth and development from early childhood to adolescence. The course also identifies factors that influence growth and development and examines major developmental theories that seek to explain how growth and development occur. As a result, student teachers are more equipped to cater to the needs of all learners in the primary school system.