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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Early Childhood Education: Collaborative Team Projects

It is a core belief of the Early Childhood Education program that no one professional possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to adequately serve culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse young children and their families. As a result, it is necessary that ECE teachers and leaders possess the skills and dispositions necessary for effective collaboration. In addition to introducing the theory and practice of interdisciplinary collaboration, in many of the program courses, students are expected to complete collaborative team projects that allow them to practice and refine these skills. For example, in the policy class, students work in groups to identify a current policy issue affecting young children and their families. Together, they research that issue. As a team, they plan and implement an action around that issue. In field experiences, students learn to work collaboratively with school staff representing multiple roles and disciplines.