The education program provides students with skills to really teach so children will learn; to motivate children intrinsically; to help children develop self-discipline; and to help children be prepared for their future and adult life. Our program incorporates a highly experienced professional staff with a level of academic excellence, all in a Bais Yaakov environment.
Students can combine credits in education and psychology to meet the common prerequisites for post graduate education. Maalot alumni have continued on to graduate studies in education, special education, educational administration and educational leadership.
This course is designed to convey critical knowledge of intervention approaches and techniques for specialized educators. Major topics covered are the types of learning disabilities, behavior disorders, developmental disorders, IEP’s, principalintervention approaches, the techniques associated with these approaches, the intellectual, physical, emotional, and external influences of successful intervention strategies, the factors that foster healthy development within intervention milieus, and the evaluation of selected approaches.
Major topics covered are: the components that make up the social systems of one’s life, the relationship between these various components, the resources needed to assist individuals in special education settings, various intervention approaches in times of crisis.
Major topics covered in the course are: the fundamentals of classroom dynamics; understanding children’s behavior; their emotional and social needs; effective classroom management and home-school communication.
With a theoretical orientation and within a practical setting, this course will focus on the program planning process involved when working with specific groups or individuals with special needs. It will assist the student in organizing the learning environment, developing educational activities and evaluating their effectiveness.
The major topics covered in this course are: the methods and strategies in teaching Jewish Studies Curriculum content areas.
Major topics covered are: the motor, cognitive, social and emotional development of young children, and the use of creative play, cooperative games, sports and recreational activities for pre-school through the elementary years.
To examine child development from birth to 6 years, explore developmental and learning theories, implement curriculum in a classroom, modify techniques for use with special needs children, evaluate children’s progress, maintain communication with families, and implement appropriate behavioral objectives
Major topics covered are: a review of the various types of learning difficulties; the technologies available for the special education population; the computer software available; the application of computer software to specific learning difficulties.
Desirable teacher traits, theories of learning, becoming familiar with relevant aspects of student’s background, knowledge and experiences, Designing a lesson plan, teaching strategies, differentiated learning, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligence, group learning and micro-teaching assessment, evaluation, record keeping and grading.
Study of the role of the Jewish Day School in the North American community in general and the Jewish community in particular. The internal dynamics of Day Schools are examined in relation to the goals of different stakeholders and the issue of balancing participation in American society with the preservation of religious and cultural heritage.
Major topics covered in the course are: the role of play and extra-curricular activities in childhood development; introduction to curriculum design; creating the physical and emotional environment to learn skills in communicating with children.
Major topics to be discussed are: curriculum design and implementation in childhood education; lesson planning, skills in communicating with children; classroom management and collaborating with parents and staff. This course places a major emphasis on the application and implementation of the theories taught through supervised teaching internship.
Major topics covered in the course are: reading development; assessment and remediation; teaching reading in a foreign language versus English.