Travel in May 2018 — Experience Italy with Dr. Deborah Stevens and Dr. Kathleen Bradley

ECS 3410 (2 cr):  Methods and Practices for Preschoolers

Future teacher candidates will have an exciting opportunity to learn and study the early childhood philosophies of Montessori and Reggio along with experiencing Italy’s rich culture of Rome and Florence. The course will include lectures, inquiry-based dialogues and discussions about how best to grow and develop the intellectual capacity of preschoolers with play as the foundation for learning using the philosophies of Montessori and Reggio. This course introduces participants to the approaches, practices and instructional philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori by studying the curriculum designs of the infant-toddler centers and schools for preschool children that have astonished the world with the children’s competence. The high quality of the experience provided for children and families illuminates what it is possible for a culture to support and serves as an inspiration to many cultures to re-imagine education for young children in their own language and culture.

Set in the backdrop of Rome and Florence students will immerse themselves in Italy’s culture. Rome, Italy’s capital is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. One of its most iconic sights is the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto.The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.” Class is scheduled on AU’s campus Monday, May 7 to Friday, May 11, 2018. Travel dates to Italy are May 14-21, 2018. Trip costs for this travel course are $3,157, including flight, lodging, transportation, some activities/excursions, etc. This does not include AU tuition. Please contact Dr. Stevens at for additional information and to learn more about what is included in the trip costs.