BEED Early Childhood Educ

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BEED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

 

INTRODUCTION

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Early Childhood Education focuses on comprehensive care and education of children from birth to 8 years and professional interaction with their families. This education forms the academic framework, which guides developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on responding to the developmental and cultural uniqueness of each child as students in the program learn to design, implement, and evaluate curricular activities and learning environments. Each student completes student teaching experience in Pre-primary and primary settings.

This program is designed primarily to prepare students for careers in teaching in public and private schools. It enables them to fulfill teacher certification and other professional requirements in the field of early childhood education. It also provides the opportunity for students to advance on the career lattice of professional early childhood education.

Bachelor's degree programs in early childhood education train students in the pedagogical techniques and broad knowledge used in early childhood education instruction. Graduates of the program are prepared for professional careers in day care centers, elementary schools, recreational centers and national Head Start educational programs.

Bachelor's degree programs in early childhood education prepare students to become professional teachers and mentors to children from birth through third grade. Students receive a broad background in classroom-based theories and principles in general education, as well as child development, child psychology and nutrition. They develop primary knowledge of curriculum development and teaching methodologies.

Prospective teachers learn to identify and instruct students with special needs. They are trained to promote positive relationships with families and students in diverse communities. Undergraduates gain practical experience working with and observing infants, toddlers and preschoolers through on-site labs. The program culminates in a supervised internship and capstone project.

 

EDUCATION PREREQUISITES

Admission prerequisites to an early childhood education bachelor's degree program depend on the applicant's educational background. Freshman applicants must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, as well as submit the required college admission test scores. Prospective teaching students might also be expected to meet the admission requirements of a college or university's teaching education program, in addition to general admission requirements. College students who wish to transfer into an early childhood education program might be required to have a minimum cumulative GPA or meet other admission criteria.

 

PROGRAM COURSEWORK

The curriculum in an early childhood education program covers a broad spectrum of general education courses, including English, math, social studies and humanities. Classes also cover pedagogical theories and techniques, and health and family topics, along with the following:

  • Creative Arts
  • Family and Community Relationship
  • Reading Foundations
  • Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood
  • Health & Fitness of Young Children
  • Geometry for Elementary and Middle School
  • Physical Science for Teachers
  • Language Arts Methods
  • Math and Science Methods

 

POPULAR CAREER OPTIONS

Bachelor's holders have the practical knowledge and skills to work with young children in variety of Head Start programs, day care centers and elementary schools. Typical professional careers for early childhood educators may include:

  • Head Start teacher
  • Pre-School teacher
  • Day care center specialist
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Educational assistant

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION

Certification requirements for pre-kindergarten and Head Start teachers vary across states. Kindergarten and elementary teachers in public schools are required to pass a state certification exam. To be eligible for the exam, teachers must hold a bachelor's degree and have relevant teaching experience. Graduates may also choose to advance their careers through the expertise and practical knowledge found in a master's degree program.