Metropolitan State University

PSYC 352T : Early Childhood Programs: Advocacy and Communications

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: PSYC 308 Child Psychology


PSYC 308T Child Psychology Theory Seminar  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
This theory seminar is designed for teachers, administrators and advocates of early childhood programs. Students explore personal, public policy and private-sector advocacy. The structure of the state and federal government and the role and regulatory processes of the legislative branch are reviewed. Students discuss political activities and nonlegislative opportunities for making public policy at the state and local levels including organizing a grassroots network. Students identify organizational resources and explore various means of communication including tips for communicating with legislators and using the media effectively.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/24/2002 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Articulate strategies for effective community relations including marketing, interaction with parents and community and public policy advocacy.
  2. Describe the theory and elements of effective personnel management.
  3. Identify and demonstrate problem solving and conflict resolution techniques.
  4. Review current theories of multi-cultural education and explain and evaluate their own approach.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  2. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  3. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  4. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
G. Special Information