The Early Childhood Education undergraduate major leads to initial licensure as a teacher of early childhood, grades PreK-2. The course of study blends theory and practice and includes four student teaching internships.
Students completing the BA in Early Childhood Education major will qualify for a variety of positions, including working with young children in nursery school, kindergartens, and grades one and two. The program requires 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 the 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 under the auspices of the Department of Public health.Students 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.
Students may pursue optional Education specializations which provide in-depth study in the teaching of a specific subject or population. Specializations are designed to enhance a student’ professional qualifications, but do not lead to additional teacher licenses.
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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