Teacher Education

Open Textbooks

  • Early Childhood Textbooks (Open Textbook Library)
  • ECE Principles and Practices Prek–4
    “The goal of this OER is to support students who wish to become early childhood educators and increase their knowledge of the theory and practices of the profession.”
  • Elementary Education Textbooks (Open Textbook Library)
  • Foundations of Education
    The book is meant to give a broad overview of topics related to teacher education and can be used in an introductory course meant for future teachers of elementary and adolescent students.
  • Instructional Methods, Strategies and Technologies to Meet the Needs of All Learners
    This book was made for students on a special education teacher certification program track.
  • Introduction to Education: Becoming a Professional
    “This book was written to provide students with an introduction to the field of education.”
  • Kids Read the Best Stuff
    This textbook was designed for an “introductory survey of literature for children from infancy through puberty, with emphasis on the analysis of literary characteristics which determine age-appropriateness. Through the readings of picture books, poetry, folklore, fantasy, realistic fiction, biography, and informational books, students will gain an awareness of the history, genre, and theme in children’s literature. In their reading, students will also develop a familiarity with important authors and illustrators as they confront such issues as racism, sexism, multiculturalism, and censorship.”
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers (University of Hawaiʻi OER)
    “This book will help you to understand elementary mathematics more deeply, gain facility with creating and using mathematical notation, develop a habit of looking for reasons and creating mathematical explanations, and become more comfortable exploring unfamiliar mathematical situations.”
  • Music and the Child
    “This book explores a holistic, artistic, and integrated approach to understanding the developmental connections between music and children.”
  • Parenting and Family Diversity Issues
    “This book has been created for students and all individuals who work with children and families (e.g., educators, parents, caregivers, direct support workers, etc.) in diverse contexts.  It is imperative to understand how and what factors may influence child outcomes across the lifespan. Therefore, key concepts related to parenting, child-rearing, care-giving, and parenting education are outlined in this textbook to provide historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives across vast settings and developmental domains.”
  • Secondary Education Textbooks (Open Textbook Library)
  • Teaching Math for Emergent Bilinguals: Building on Culture, Language, and Identity
    “This book is designed for pre-service/in-service teachers and others who will work or work with K–12 students who have linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, especially students of other languages (English language learners/Emergent bilingual/multilingual). The core concept of this course is helping teachers understand the needs of various Emergent Bilinguals (a.k.a. English language learners (ELLs)/English Learners (ELs), learn to use their language and culture as a resource in mathematics classrooms and implement research-based instructional strategies that are effective to teach mathematics for Emergent Bilinguals.”
  • Teaching with Digital Tools and Apps
    “With the abundance in education technology (edtech) tools and apps currently available, and new ones popping up in app stores daily, how do you find the right ones for your practice? How do you ensure the digital tools and apps that you select for use in your classroom will enrich and extend your teaching, provide an accessible learning experience, and protect students’ privacy? What should you look for when evaluating the user experience of apps and tools?”
  • Trauma Informed Behaviour Support: A Practical Guide to Developing Resilient Learners
    “If we want to impact the world of children who have experienced trauma then we must change not only ourselves and our classroom, but we must change our schools, our organisations, and our systems of care for children. […]  If you stay engaged with this book and with a child who has experienced trauma then you will learn new understandings, new ideas and new ways to reach the mind, the heart and the soul of young people who need our support and our love.”
  • The Whole Child: Development in the Early Years
    “This book was written specifically for the emerging child psychology student or early childhood educator.”

Open Courses and Hubs

  • Early Childhood Education ZTC/OER Collaboration
    Google group for sharing zero-cost materials and OER on early childhood education and childhood development, with conversations about creating new materials.
  • Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings
    “This course is designed to provide early childhood education professionals with the knowledge and skills to assess their own level in terms of the eight core competencies, across the infant-toddler, preschool and out-of-school age range.”
  • Human Development Lifespan
    “Growth and development through the lifespan including physical, social, cognitive and neurological development. This course covers topics in each of these areas and provides an overview on subjects such as day care, education, disabilities, parenting, types of families, gender identity and roles, career decisions, illnesses and treatments, aging, retirement, generativity, and dying.”

Zero-cost Resources

  • Children’s Bookshelves (Project Gutenberg)
  • Edutopia
    “Edutopia is a free source of information, inspiration, and practical strategies for learning and teaching in preK-12 education. We are published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.”
  • Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing (Reading Rockets)
    “Reading 101 is a self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers.”
  • TED videos on child development
  • TED videos on education
    “How do we reinvent education? These TED Talks explore the latest thinking—from teachers, parents, kids—on how to build a better school.”