Originating in Reggio Emilia, Italy, this innovative and collaborative approach to education has become world-renowned and embraced by schools around the globe. Based in a social constructivist philosophy, the Reggio Emilia style of learning includes the pedagogista, a role that supports teachers in their daily work with children, their families and the community.
Our Certificate in Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach will prepare you to become a pedagogista. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the fundamental principles, philosophies and pedagogical practices of the Reggio Emilia approach and practical experience implementing those theories. You will analyze, document, observe and interpret the needs of a child and his or her family. Using this knowledge, you’ll then learn how to help develop specific educational experiences tailored to each child’s situation, new ideas for teachers to explore and reflections educators can use to continue their own development.
Our program consists of two full semesters of university study in Saint Louis, MO, and internship experience in the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center. In addition, we’re proud to collaborate with the Municipal Infant-Toddler and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, the University of Modena at Reggio Emilia and Reggio Children, whose faculty co-teach this program.
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