Course Description

Early Learning Environments, EDS 110R

In this online course, students examine the diverse contexts in which children develop. They will explore theories of child development and how they intersect with traditional learning theories. From these foundational concepts we will explore how to develop lessons and learning activities to support the needs of diverse learners.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC San Diego, EDS

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Unit Credit

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - one course towards Social Science, Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Social Science; Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS, Transfer students may use for UD noncontiguous GE depending on major; ERC 1 upper division course for Americas/Multi Cultural US Regional Specialization.
Major Requirement: Learning Environment Elective for General & Multiple Subject Foundations Education Minor

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Course Creators

Shana Cohen

Dr. Shana Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. Her current work examines Mexican heritage families’ beliefs and experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is particularly interested in how parents’ beliefs about ASD causes, symptoms, and treatments shape parents’ educational decisions, childrearing goals, and parenting practices. The findings from her studies will inform diagnosis and treatment protocols for young Mexican heritage children with autism. In her other work she collaborates with colleagues across disciplines (neuroscience, cognitive science, education reform, and early childhood education) to understand the contexts of learning and development for socioculturally diverse children. She uses a sociocultural theoretical framework to inform her work.  
 
Dr. Shana Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. Her current work examines Mexican heritage families’ beliefs and experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is particularly interested in how parents’ beliefs about ASD causes, symptoms, and treatments shape parents’ educational decisions, childrearing goals, and parenting practices. ...


Dr. Shana Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies at UC San Diego. Her current work examines Mexican heritage families’ beliefs and experiences with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is particularly interested in how parents’ beliefs about ASD causes, symptoms, and treatments shape parents’ educational decisions, childrearing goals, and parenting practices. The findings from her studies will inform diagnosis and treatment protocols for young Mexican heritage children with autism. In her other work she collaborates with colleagues across disciplines (neuroscience, cognitive science, education reform, and early childhood education) to understand the contexts of learning and development for socioculturally diverse children. She uses a sociocultural theoretical framework to inform her work.  
 

Alison Wishard Guerra

Alison Wishard Guerra is an Associate Professor of Education Studies at UCSD. Her expertise is in child development and early education. As a fluent Spanish speaker, her work focuses on the development of young dual language learners within the context of primary relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Her research has focused on understanding heterogeneity within Latino, immigrant and dual language communities to identify patterns of caregiving and early education practices that promote positive outcomes for children and families (Sanders & Wishard Guerra, 2016). She applies her research to reduce disparities in early education associated with diversity in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or home language. A specific focus of her basic research is to understand strengths and protective factors among dual language learners and their families. She investigates the role of early care and education for young children and families an effective lever for social and economic mobility among low-income and immigrant families. She has investigated the role of the social emotional climate of the classroom, the quality of the language environment, the quality of the adult-child relationships, children’s social pretend play, and the role of storytelling in promoting social and cognitive outcomes in young children from diverse backgrounds. This approach acknowledges language and caregiving as cultural practices that significantly impact child outcomes. Her research has largely focused on children from low-income Mexican Heritage families, investigating within group variations related to immigration and acculturation experiences and their associations to children's developmental outcomes.


Dr. Wishard Guerra was a member of the National Early Head Start Research Consortium where she investigated longitudinal social and cognitive developmental outcomes among low-income families. Dr. Wishard Guerra was also member of the expanded research consortia that developed the California Preschool Learning Foundations on English-Language Development, and served as an expert reviewer of English Language Development and Cultural Diversity in the development of Volumes 2 (Physical Development, Health, and Visual and Performing Arts) and 3 (Science, and History/Social Sciences) of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, published by the California Department of Education. 



Alison Wishard Guerra is an Associate Professor of Education Studies at UCSD. Her expertise is in child development and early education. As a fluent Spanish speaker, her work focuses on the development of young dual language learners within the context of primary relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Her research has focused on understanding heterogeneity within Latino, ...

Alison Wishard Guerra is an Associate Professor of Education Studies at UCSD. Her expertise is in child development and early education. As a fluent Spanish speaker, her work focuses on the development of young dual language learners within the context of primary relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Her research has focused on understanding heterogeneity within Latino, immigrant and dual language communities to identify patterns of caregiving and early education practices that promote positive outcomes for children and families (Sanders & Wishard Guerra, 2016). She applies her research to reduce disparities in early education associated with diversity in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or home language. A specific focus of her basic research is to understand strengths and protective factors among dual language learners and their families. She investigates the role of early care and education for young children and families an effective lever for social and economic mobility among low-income and immigrant families. She has investigated the role of the social emotional climate of the classroom, the quality of the language environment, the quality of the adult-child relationships, children’s social pretend play, and the role of storytelling in promoting social and cognitive outcomes in young children from diverse backgrounds. This approach acknowledges language and caregiving as cultural practices that significantly impact child outcomes. Her research has largely focused on children from low-income Mexican Heritage families, investigating within group variations related to immigration and acculturation experiences and their associations to children's developmental outcomes.


Dr. Wishard Guerra was a member of the National Early Head Start Research Consortium where she investigated longitudinal social and cognitive developmental outcomes among low-income families. Dr. Wishard Guerra was also member of the expanded research consortia that developed the California Preschool Learning Foundations on English-Language Development, and served as an expert reviewer of English Language Development and Cultural Diversity in the development of Volumes 2 (Physical Development, Health, and Visual and Performing Arts) and 3 (Science, and History/Social Sciences) of the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the California Preschool Curriculum Framework, published by the California Department of Education. 




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