Program Requirements

Hours: 47

The Teaching major with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is offered to the student who holds a bachelor’s degree and is interested in working with young children (grades Prek-5) and with their families and community agencies. The early childhood professional can obtain licensure and/or a master’s degree through the program. Graduates who earn this master’s degree are prepared to teach young children in public or private schools as well as in other settings, such as educational assessment and tutoring clinics, residential facilities, camps, or community agencies.  The program is available in both a full time accelerated format and part time format..

PROFESSIONAL CORE – 9 hours

EDU 500Statistics and Research (3)

EDU 501Educational Psychology (3)

EDU 604Integrative Research Project (3)

CONCENTRATION COURSES — 38 hours

ECE 510Assess/Diag of Young Child (3)

ECE 530Integrating Science and Social Studies through Content Reading (3)

ECE 552Math Curriculum and Methods for Early Childhood (3)

ECE 630Promote Young Child Development (3)

EDU 644Graduate Student Teaching (6)

RDG 515Foundations of Effective Reading Instruction (3)

RDG 530Phonics/Linguistics (3)

RDG 535Assessment and Intervention of Reading (3)

SED 515Human Exceptionalities Across the Lifespan (3)

SED 521Communication Develop & Theories for Environments (3)

SED 631Collaborative Practices in Special Education (3)

Full time Students Only

ECE 642ECE Apprenticeship I (1)

ECE 643ECE Apprenticeship II (1)

Part time Students Only

ECE 533Early Childhood Literacy Practicum (1)

ECE 534Early Childhood Integrating Curriculum Practicum (1)

Program Outcomes

  • Content knowledge - The candidate articulates accurate subject matter and applies that knowledge in planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Learner characteristics - The candidate incorporates knowledge of how students learn and how diverse experiences affect learning when planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  • Instructional strategies - The candidate applies a variety of scientifically-based, data-driven instructional strategies based on learning goals, assesses student's progress toward these goals, and differentiates instruction based on student needs and assessment results.
  • Learning environment - The candidate creates and manages a learning environment that encourages active, engaged learning and respect for others.
  • Professional responsibilities - The candidate engages in reflective practice, promotes collaboration among peers, families and communities,  and takes on opportunities for professional development