Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Naropa University - Boulder, CO

  • Bachelor of Arts

The Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree at Naropa University emphasizes personal observation-based child development and diverse learning and teaching styles. Students of the Early Childhood Education program explore contemplative teaching skills and critical pedagogy* drawn from holistic traditions, such as Waldorf, Montessori, the Italian Approach (Reggio Emilia), Krishnamurti, popular education and Shambhala. The Early Childhood Education program at Naropa is steeped in social justice and foundations of peace. Students develop skills utilizing direct observation, hands-on classroom practice, and classroom discussion with master teachers in a variety of contemplative, alternative, and traditional early childhood settings. Naropa works along side both private and public schools and in non-formal educational settings. Students are mentored and coached by faculty in the Early Childhood Education program as well as master teachers in the surrounding community. Naropa has its own lab school nearby campus where can students practice, observe, and teach. Students are engaged in a process of their own personal awakening while they develop classroom-teaching skills; explore mindfulness practices, space awareness, critical pedagogy, and the arts. *A contemplative critical pedagogy assumes a self-reflective process about how we come to think what we think and act the way we act, i.e culture. This type of pedagogy recognizes that political frameworks influence the foundation by which cultural and educational imperatives are formed. Bhutan has developed a Gross National Happiness democratizing political framework.

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