Certificate in Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach

In Reggio Emilia, Italy the role of pedagogista is to support and collaborate with teachers in their daily work with children, their families and community. The pedagogista does this by working closely with teachers to observe, document, analyze and interpret the rights and needs of each child and family and then use this knowledge to plan and project responsive learning experiences with children.

This certificate is designed to offer an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and pedagogical practices of Reggio Emilia's social constructivist approach to early learning and to enable teachers to learn the role of pedagogista in schools that are inspired by this approach. This program is offered in partnership between Webster University, Reggio Children, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the Municipal Infant-Toddler and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, and the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.

The program consists of two semesters of full time university study and internship experience in St. Louis, MO. Students will take coursework through Webster University in collaboration with the University of Modena at Reggio Emilia and Reggio Children. Students must complete a two-semester internship in the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center in the St. Louis area. University of Modena and Reggio faculty will co-teach this program via online and face-to-face interaction.

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