Educational alternatives

Course Code: MET2104 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2024-2025
Domain: Education Sciences - Masters • Field of study: Psycho-pedagogy of Early Education and Small Schooling
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Letiția Muntean - Trif
Seminar tutor: Letiția Muntean - Trif
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class / Seminary
Number of teaching hours per semester: 42
Number of teaching hours per week: 3
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 5

Course aims:

to use correctly and in various contexts the specific terminology in the psycho-pedagogy of early education and small schooling, from the perspective of educational alternatives;
to identify specific teaching methodologies for the educational alternatives used in Romania and in the European countries;
to propose new opportunities for addressing educational alternatives in the teaching process, in general, and in early education and in small schooling, in particular;
to select and apply the methods of teaching strategies specific to each educational alternative for early education and small schooling;
to build educational projects, based on coherent didactic strategies, which stimulate the integral development of children's personality;

Course Entry Requirements:

• Basic knowledge in the field of didactics of preschool education and of the small schooling acquired during the degree studies, through professional experience and / or in non-formal or informal learning contexts.

Course contents:

1. Educational alternatives: premises, evolutions and theoretical arguments 2. The educational alternative Step by step - theoretical and applicative perspectives 3. Montessori educational alternative - theoretical and applicative perspectives 4. Educational alternative Curative pedagogy and Waldorf - theoretical and applied perspectives 5. Educational alternative Jena Plan - theoretical and applied perspectives 6. The theme of institutional evaluation of educational alternatives

Teaching methods:

Lecture,Conversation,Video media

Learning outcomes:


Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Volume and accuracy of knowledgeThe scientific rigor of languageContent organization

Recommended reading:

Janet, Gonzalez-Mena, Child, Family, and Community: Family-Centered Early Care and Education (6th Edition), Publisher Merrill,, -, 2012,
Petrash, J., Understanding Waldorf Education: teaching from the inside out., Floris Books, Edinburgh, 2008,
Brewer. J. A, Introduction to early childhood education,, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 2001,