Bachelors Degree - Early Care and Education

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Spring 2023 Course Information
Diversity in the Lives of Young Children and Families

Course Description
This course is an opportunity for university students to explore cultural diversity in daily life and beliefs in families with young children. The focus is on U.S. families with attention to the multiple cultures from which they come.
Contacts
Instructor

Michelle Mathews
Office: 573-882-3999
MathewsM@missouri.edu

Campus Coordinator

For course access questions, contact the teaching university’s campus coordinator. For enrollment questions, contact your home university campus coordinator.
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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Textbooks

Anti-bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
Derman-Sparks, L., and Edwards, J.O.
Edition: 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1938113574
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Each & every child: Teaching preschool with an equity lens
Friedman, S. & Mwenelupembe, A.
ISBN: 978-1938113611
Publisher: Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children


Course Access

Approximately two weeks before the first day of class at MU, the MU Campus Coordinator will email course access information to students for courses taught by MU. Using the instructions and information in the email, students will be able to activate their Canvas at Mizzou and MU email account. Instructors may restrict course access until the first day of class.

Students needing assistance with setting up their account should contact the MU IT Help Desk at 573-882-5000. If students haven’t received the course access information email, please reach out to the MU Campus Coordinator at mumzongreatplains@umsystem.edu.


Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Molly Roush Student Excellence Award Recipient 2020.pngThe flexibility and affordable tuition rates were what first enticed me to apply to the Great Plains IDEA Community Development program, but finding real solutions to the issues I’m passionate about is what has made this program so rewarding!  In my opinion, the best aspect of this program is the diversity among students and faculty.  My peers, who live all over the country and in various places around the globe, have challenged me to develop a broader and more diverse understanding of ‘community’ and how common problems affect each unique community.  I’m not just learning how to address similar issues in similar locations but am learning to be creative and adapt development methods to create solutions based on each community’s unique culture and needs.

– – Molly Roush, Community Development Student,
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