An Introduction to Reggio Emilia

8 modules


Course Length
3 hours

Mallory Williams

06 Feb 2019



In this course, participants will be introduced to the history and philosophy of the internationally acclaimed infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Course participants will explore the philosophy of the Reggio Emilia approach and learn about Reggio concepts such as the image of the child, the negotiated curriculum, the environment as the third teacher, the offering of provocations, and the importance of making learning visible.

The core concepts of Reggio-inspired practices will be described and demonstrated through the work of an American early childhood program -- Preschool of the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. Course participants will be invited to imagine and articulate how the philosophy and practices of the Reggio Emilia schools might inspire their own work with young children.


Participants will: 

  1. Describe how the infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy were developed and came to be recognized as an exceptional model for quality early childhood care and education.

  2. Develop an understanding of four of the core concepts of Reggio-inspired practices: the image of the child, the environment as the third teacher, making learning visible, and the hundred languages of children.

  3. Explore how one American preschool applies the Reggio Emilia philosophy to their own unique setting and context.

  4. Be challenged to apply concepts of Reggio-inspired practice to their own experience working with young children.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion

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