Reggio Emilia Approach (REA)
Antioch University Midwest is proud to offer experienced education professionals the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach. The Reggio Emilia Approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy and was founded by Loris Malaguzzi. Many educators (e.g., Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner and Bruner) inspire and inform the Reggio Emilia Approach.
This teacher certificate program prepares teachers to interact with children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on children’s capabilities, competencies, and interests. The program promotes the development of a learning environment that is based on relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection.
This REA is grounded in several key principles (e.g., children are active protagonists of their growth and development process; Learning is a process of individual and group construction and the environment is organized to provoke and support learning).
The Certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach at Antioch University Midwest is a course-based program aimed at meeting the needs of currently employed teachers interested in integrating Reggio inspired principles in their respective classroom situations and practice.
- 21 Semester Credits
- REA courses can be embedded as a concentration within a Master’s of Education degree or stand alone as a Certificate.
- Hybrid Delivery Model
ECE5710 Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach-A (3 credits)
This is the first of a two part introductory course that focuses on the theories, research and practical application of the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) within the context of early learning and care settings in the U.S. Key concepts discussed include: historical context of the REA, the image of the child, relationships, the role of teacher, parents, and community in the learning environment, reflection on and documentation of learning.
ECE5720 Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach-B (3 credits)
This is the second of a two part introductory course that focuses on the theories, research and practical application of the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) within the context of early learning and care settings in the U.S. Key concepts discussed include: historical context of the REA, the image of the child, relationships, the role of teacher, parents, and community in the learning environment, reflection on and documentation of learning.
ECE6250 The Learning Environment as the Third Teacher (3 credits)
The Learning Environment as the Third Teacher is a fundamental concept of the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA). It is through the use of the learning environment that children are prompted to explore new materials, problem-solve new situations, and maintain a sense of wonder. Students enrolled in this course are exposed to environments that model this capability.
ECE6350 Making Learning Visible through Observation and Documentation (3 credits)
Learning is made visible as teachers observe students at work and then document both the process and product of their learning. The emphasis in this course is documentation of the process of learning. How do children learn? What questions do they ask? And why do they think what they think? Answering these questions and others serve as a vehicle for making young children’s learning visible.
ECE6450 The Atelier and Learning – Arts Integration (3 credits)
The Reggio Emilia Approach is premised on the hundred languages of children. The hundred languages are a metaphor for the extraordinary potentials of children, their knowledge-building and creative processes, and the many ways that children come to know things as well as express what they know. This course explores some of the “languages” most often employed by young children. The course offers students an opportunity to examine verbal and non-verbal “languages” (e.g., art, music, drama, body movement, technology, story telling) that inspire children’s creative expression of their interests.
ECE6550 Comparative Approaches to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
There are several approaches to working with young children that adhere to Constructivist a/or Progressive positions. This course compares and contrasts the Reggio Emilia Approach with Montessori, Waldorf, HighScope and other early childhood programs. The history and philosophy of the approaches are an integral part of this course.
ECE6850 Reggio Emilia Approach Final Project and Residency (3 credits)
The Reggio Emilia Residency and Final Project is a culminating experience for those students completing the M.Ed. with a concentration in the Reggio Emilia Approach (REA). Students spend 5 days at AUM showcasing their final research project. The showcase is in conjunction with a Reggio Conference or local education conference.
- Hold a current teaching license.
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA for bachelor’s degree.
- Have a minimum 3.0 for any graduate-level coursework.
- Submit a current résumé.
- Submit a Letter of Intent.
- Complete an on-campus writing assessment.
- Be interviewed by the Program Chair.