New Antioch University Certificate Focuses on Student-Centered Training for Teachers
Reggio Emilia Approach Certificate Program Added in Response to Teacher Requests
Antioch University Midwest (AUM) launched a new hybrid course-based program aimed at meeting the needs of its current early childhood education teachers interested in integrating Reggio-inspired principles into their classrooms. The Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) is focused on seeing children as active contributors to their education, rather than the target of instruction. The REA program can be embedded as a concentration within a Master’s of Education degree or stand alone as a professional certificate for licensed teachers.
The first of its kind in Ohio, the Reggio Emilia Approach Certificate Program was added due to educator and AUM student demand, and its popularity among Ohio’s teachers. “Ohio has a strong network of early childhood educators who have been studying the Reggio Approach since the early 1990s and were eager to see courses that focus on the implementation of Reggio-inspired practices in our early childhood classrooms and programs,” said Julie Biddle, Ph.D., Core Faculty and Chair of the Early Childhood Education Program. “These educators were the impetus for creating this new certificate.”
The Reggio Emilia Approach originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy and was founded by educator Loris Malaguzzi. Many educators inspire and inform the ever-evolving teaching style. The REA is grounded in several key principles including the belief that children are active protagonists of their growth and development process; learning is a process of individual and group construction; and the teaching environment is organized to provoke and support learning.
The AUM School of Education’s Early Childhood Program is nationally recognized through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Boasting a 99% licensure pass rate, the accelerated program and cohort model provides students a close network and a true learning community with fellow peers. With the inclusion of this certificate program, they will have the tools they need to develop a learning environment in their classrooms that allows them to interact with the children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on their capabilities, competencies, and interests.