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Early Childhood Education

Student working with young children.In accordance with the New York Teacher Education Standards, the program provides substantive coursework, supervised field experiences and in-depth reflective seminars. Requirements for graduation require that candidates demonstrate mastery of pedagogical knowledge, understandings, and skills appropriate for teaching in early childhood (birth through second grade).

This program offers challenging educational experiences to assure that
you achieve the highest standards of academic excellence. Courses reflect
a strong cognitive developmental perspective and focus on developing teachers
who have an appreciation and respect for the full range of intellectual, social,
emotional, physical, cultural, and spiritual differences among their colleagues
and students. You will learn to view developmental differences and diversity
as opportunities for enhancing the process of teaching and learning. A major
emphasis in this program is nurturing your ability to synthesize children’s
developmental needs, strengths, and interests while constructing effective educational experiences in the early childhood classroom.

The program is committed to preparing you to be confident in using educational technology to help all children learn. Developmentally appropriate practices for the use of technology are integrated into all courses and field experiences. You will learn to construct a media-rich environment for the purpose of instruction and assessment. Course assignments encourage the creative use of technology in order for you to further support children’s enthusiasm for learning.

Faculty serve as role models for candidates who are developing their own professional identities as teachers with professional codes of ethics. Through mentoring, advisement, and instruction, faculty share the dispositions of valuing children, seeking fairness and justice for all students, and creating a learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration and discovery.

Required Courses - 39-42 Credits

  • ECE 511 - Curriculum Development in Early Childhood 3 cr.
  • ECE 512 - Observation and Assessment of Child Behavior and Learning 3 cr.
  • ECE 517 - Family Partnerships in Schools 3
  • ECE 709 - Practicum in Early Childhood Education 3 cr
  • EDU 512 - Foundations of Education 3 cr.
  • EDU 513 - Math, Science, and Technology in the Classroom 3 cr.
  • EDU 515 - Differentiated Instruction in the Learning Environment 3 cr.
  • EDU 550 - Child Development 3 cr.
  • EDU 551 - Cognition and Instruction 3 cr.
  • EDU 750 - Action Research in Schools 3 cr.
  • LIT 501 - Introduction to Literacy Instruction 3 cr.
  • LIT 503 - Using Literature in the Classroom 3 cr.
  • LIT 601 - Early Language and Literacy Instructin 3 cr.
  • SED 519 - Multicultural Creative Arts, Content, and Curriculum for Young Diverse Learners 3 cr.

Student Teaching (if required)

  • ECE 321 - Student Teaching  3  cr.

Teacher Certification Workshop Series - No Credit

The Certification Workshop Series is required for initial certification. No credit is given for this required workshop series. The sessions are divided into the following topics:

  • WCS 983 - Identification & Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect (2 hours)
  • WCS 984 - School Violence Prevention and Intervention (2 hours)
  • WCS 985 - Child Abduction Prevention
  • WCS 986 - Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness
  • WCS 987 - Health and Safety Issues with Fire Safety and Arson Prevention
  • WCS 990 - DASA: Bullying Prevention Training