The Early Childhood Education undergraduate major leads to initial licensure as a teacher of early childhood, grades PreK-2. You will master both theory and practice, and gain invaluable real-world experience through student-teaching internships.
When you complete the BA in Early Childhood Education program, you will be qualified for a variety of teaching positions in day care centers, nursery school, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. At Lesley, we don't just tell you how to be teacher, we let you experience it for yourself. We'll give you the not only the tools and techniques, but also the chance to apply them in real classroom settings.
In this program, you will complete a minimum of 150 hours of practicum work at the preschool/kindergarten level OR a minimum of 200 hours of practicum work in grades 1 or 2 during your junior year. The senior practicum is a semester long experience at the level not chosen for the junior year. In addition, Early Childhood majors who specialize in Early Intervention may apply for certification with advanced standing as Early Intervention Specialists through the Department of Public health.
You will have the opportunity to pursue optional Education specializations which provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. These specializations are designed to enhance your professional qualifications, but they do not lead to additional teacher licenses.
We know you want to be a teacher, and we think that's a commendable pursuit. We also think it's important that you supplement your teaching courses with a second major in a liberal arts field. You're going to be shaping young minds and sharing your knowledge with the next generation. We want you to not only know how to teach, but to know what to teach. You will choose a second major in the liberal arts or sciences as follows: Art History; Biology; Child Studies; Creative Writing; English; Environmental Science; Environmental Studies; Global Studies: Politics, Culture and Society; History; History and Literature; Mathematics; Political Science.
Amanda El-Lakkis, a Double Major in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies, Shares Her Internship Experience at the Lowell Elementary School in Watertown, Massachusetts
This certificate-specific course lays the groundwork for those preparing to teach in preschools, child care centers, kindergartens, and grades 1–2. The focus is on provision of developmentally appropriate experiences in inclusive settings. Included are strategies for observation and assessment as these are related to the planning of integrated curriculum experiences which are relevant to the needs of children and families with diverse backgrounds. Also considered are the role of play in children's learning, various philosophical models that have impacted the field of early childhood education, and a historical perspective on current programs. A one-day a week field experience is an integral part of this course.
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