Angelica Taylor is a second-year doctoral student in the CREATE Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction Program. Angelica taught preschool in community-based programming for five years before receiving her Masters and transitioning to an Assistant Director role. Before attending the University of Illinois. Angelica worked in Early Intervention servicing children with special needs ages birth to three years. She also taught at Illinois State University as an Instructional Professor.
CI 406: Theory Practice in Elementary School Teaching I (CI 406) Course examines teaching in the elementary grades. Students will focus on a number of related topics, including classroom management, instructional design, personal and professional attributes of effective teachers, and multicultural perspectives. Coursework is integrated with field assignments in public elementary schools.
CI 422: Families, Communities, Schools (CI 422) Principles and practices of building partnerships and collaboration among families, community agencies, and schools in a diverse society for early childhood professionals; covers strategies for building understanding, trust, and effective communication with all children and their families including those who have special needs, have cultural and linguistic differences, come from non-traditional family configurations, and who face poverty, health problems, and/or family dysfunction.
CI 443: Mathematics in Early Childhood Education (CI 443) Focuses on the teaching of foundational mathematical concepts in prekindergarten, kindergarten, and the primary grades. Pre-service teachers will learn the value of "mathematizing" the worlds of children and creating authentic experiences through which children learn key mathematics concepts.