Transitional Kindergarten Professional Learning Series - Course 2

This course is an online enrollment option for those completing the Professional Learning Series. Do not enroll in this course unless you can complete all modules in the series by the posted end date. If you are not already working in the modules but are interested, please visit:

This course explores three modules that introduce the integrated nature of language and literacy, the development of a sense of self and ways to support English language development in a TK setting. These modules are part of the California Department of Education professional learning series Transitional Kindergarten Online Learning Modules.

Participants will learn about legislation and policy regarding transitional kindergarten (TK), key resources to support TK implementation, the importance of age and developmentally appropriate practices in TK programs and research implications for TK program planning, instruction and assessment. The importance of the TK learning environment, teacher collaboration and family engagement are emphasized in every module. Strategies for Universal Design for Learning, differentiated instruction and supporting English learners are also highlighted.

As these are online courses for CEUs, attendance will be monitored through the course's activity menu page, which tracks the completion status of each lesson within the course. In order for attendance and participation requirements to be fulfilled, all required lessons must be logged as complete within Moodie.

The Integrated Nature of Language and Literacy

In this module, The Integrated Nature of Language and Literacy, you will:

  • Examine the Language and Literacy domain in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and the Preschool Curriculum Framework
  • Learn the importance of providing integrated language and literacy experiences in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
  • Explore the integrated nature of language and literacy in the Preschool Learning Foundations and connections to the five key themes in the California English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and English Language Development (ELD) Framework for TK and kindergarten
  • Consider implications of integrated language and literacy in the areas of environment, instruction, and assessment. Reflect on support for all children through integrated language and literacy experiences

Social-Emotional Development: Self

In this module, Social-Emotional Development: Self, you will:

  • Examine the importance of social-emotional development
  • Understand the interrelated nature of the three social-emotional development strands, with an emphasis on Self
  • Review the research as it relates to the social-emotional development of transitional kindergarten students
  • Explore effective social-emotional development strategies to enhance the instruction, environment, and assessment practices for all children

Supporting English Language Development

In this module, Supporting English Language Development, you will:

  • Learn about why focusing on English language development in transitional kindergarten, also known as TK, is important for young English learners
  • Examine the English-language development domain in the California Preschool Learning Foundations and Preschool Curriculum Framework as well as other key resources
  • Explore the stages of second-language acquisition and levels of English proficiency
  • Review key interactions and strategies that promote English language development in the TK classroom
  • Learn about requirements and options for assessing English language development in TK
  • Consider how the TK classroom environment supports language development
  • Reflect on support for all children in developing language proficiency in TK
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