Our early childhood PreK-3 licensure provides you with the knowledge and training to pursue a career in early childhood education. The curriculum places a heavy focus on the study of children from birth-to-kindergarten age and pre-kindergarten (pre-k) to third grade. The B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Early Childhood program is a professional preparation program that gives you an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, and creative development of children in addition to the content knowledge and pedagogical skills required of teachers in today's classrooms.
Students planning to seek Early Childhood PreK-3 licensure must complete the Professional Core as outlined by the Department of Education. This comprises a full semester of integrated professional practicum experience and one full semester of student teaching in public school settings. Students who acquire licensure in early childhood will be certified to teach PreK-3 grades.
To make your path to graduation a little easier, a 4-year plan for students planning to pursue a career in PreK-3 Education has been created:
B.S. Major in Interdisciplinary Studies
Concentration: (Early Childhood - PreK-3)
Program Coordinator: Dr. Sharen Cypress
For a complete listing of requirements for graduation, see Academics: Degree/Graduation Requirements.
Listed in the catalog under Academics: Liberal Arts Core
Limit III. A. Behavioral Sciences to SOC241 General Sociology
Limit III. B. BIO: 100, 105, 110, 111, 112, or 211 (must include related lab)
Limit III. C. 1. History to HIS221 American History I or HIS222 American History II
Limit III. C. 2. Critical and Creative Works to Literature (ENG: 215, 225, or 235)
Limit III. C. 3. Humanities Capstone to HUM495 Values in Human Thought and Action
II. Additional Liberal Arts Core Requirements for the Major:
III. Major Professional Core for Elementary Education (PreK-3):
Introduction to Education (W)
Professional Reflective Seminar I
Must be admitted to Teacher Education to take the following:
Literacy II: Literature and Literacy (W)
Technology in the Classroom
Tests and Measurement
Teaching Mathematics: Methods, Strategies, and Techniques
Professional Reflective Seminar II
*These courses must be taken the semester prior to student teaching.
Must be admitted to Student Teaching to take the following:
Student Teaching, PreK-3
Professional Reflection & Planning
IV. Additional Required Courses:
Real Number System
Plus one (1) of the following:
V. Electives (including additional Bible):
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