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College Catalog 2016-2017 
College Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

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Student Learning Outcomes for Early Childhood Education:

Students will be able to:

  • Plan, design, and implement research-based instructional and assessment practices appropriate for children between preschool and fourth grade.

  • Develop and apply instructional methodologies, including the use of technology, appropriate for children between preschool and fourth grade.

  • Critically apply content knowledge and skills to facilitate student learning appropriate for children between 0 and 9 years.

  • Create, organize, and maintain an effective and safe classroom environment conducive to learning and development.

  • Design and implement successful interventions responsive to the needs of learners in pre-kindergarten through grade four.

  • Exhibit the qualities that characterize a professional individual, including professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of a certified teacher.

  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to continued professional development and service.

Candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas: 1) Early Childhood Development, Cognition and Learning, 2) Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-kindergarten through Fourth), 3) Assessment, 4) Family and Community Partnerships, and 5) Professionalism. Content requirements are based on national standards for early childhood education as well as Pennsylvania’s curriculum standards. Candidates will have 190 hours of field experiences prior to beginning student teaching.

PLEASE NOTE: A complete list of the foundational requirements (including a list of approved English Literature courses) can be found in the EDUCATION MANUAL.


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FY___   SO___   JR___   SR___    

Grade C or better in ED 105___    Grade C or better in ED 150___

PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 200-level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 27 credits, >= 2.80___

Submit Digication e-portfolio___                                                 

FORMAL ACCEPTANCE needed for 300-Level ED courses:

Cumulative GPA at 54 credits, >= 3.00___

Passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment___                                                    

Submit Digication e-portfolio___

Two Math: MA___ and MA___

Two English: EN 100 or EN 150 ___  and EN Literature___

Additional Required Courses for Education Certification

Suggested first year coures:

Spring semester:


Students must be scheduled for ED 105  in the fall and ED 151  in the spring, before the end of their first year. Completing both before the sophomore year is critical.

All Education majors must complete two English courses (one writing and one literature) and two Math courses (MA prefix) by the end of their sophomore year.

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