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The impact of early learning experiences for children from birth through grade three is far reaching and the need for passionate qualified educators in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education is growing. The Early Childhood undergraduate program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. This degree prepares educators to work in the early childhood field in a variety of roles and a variety of contexts (i.e. classroom teachers in regular and inclusive settings, Center directors, and children’s organizations) and other positions that require certification within the public and private school systems.
The Early Childhood program prepares educators through a program based upon knowledge of what constitutes best practices for teaching young children within inclusive settings and supporting their families. The program addresses the areas of child development, curriculum emergence and development, developmentally appropriate practice, differentiated learning, diversity, advocacy and family partnerships. Students have opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge in a variety of field and community based experiences offered as part of their professional course work from the very first courses. These experiences take place in a variety of community agencies including United Way organizations, St. Louis educational and cultural institutions, studio schools, the University Child Development Center (UCDC), and preschools and elementary schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in “Studio Schools.” These are schools and districts where design happens, using a “differentiated staffing” plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for pre K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact Pre K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.
From your first course, “Effective Career Decision Making for Educators,” where you explore educational opportunities at all levels, to your courses directly connected to real world learning in youth serving agencies and content focused organizations and then throughout your practica as you participate in faculty roles and responsibilities, you will be excellently prepared. As a College of Education teacher candidate, you will have state of the art opportunities to make positive impacts on student learning and growth as you become a community educator for all learners.
B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education courses required by the College of Education and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education..
|First Year Writing|
|ENGL 1100||First-Year Writing||3|
|or HIST 1111||Reacting to the Past|
|MATH 1030||College Algebra||3|
|EDUC 2222||Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning||3|
|or COMM 1040||Introduction to Public Speaking|
|ED TECH 2230||Information Literacy||3|
|American History and Government|
|POL SCI 1100||Introduction to American Politics||3|
|Humanities and Fine Arts|
|ART ED 2179||Visual Art Activities for Elementary School||3|
|MUS ED 2770||An Introduction To Music For The Elementary School Teacher||3|
|Additional Course in Humanities or Fine Arts||3|
|ED PSY 2212||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|GEOG 1001||Introduction To Geography||3|
|or GEOG 1002||World Regions|
|HIST 1001||American Civilization To 1865||3|
|or HIST 1002||American Civilization 1865 To Present|
|Math and Life/Natural Sciences|
|BIOL 1012||General Biology||3|
|GEOL 1001||General Geology||4|
|Additional course in Chemistry OR Physics OR combines Chemistry/Physics||3|
|MATH 1150||Introduction to the Structure Of Mathematical Systems||3|
|MATH 2510||Structure of Mathematical Systems II||3|
|ECON 1052||Microeconomics For The School Curriculum||3|
|ATM SCI 1001||Elementary Meteorology||4|
|or ASTRON 1001||Cosmic Evolution Introductory Astronomy|
|HLTH PE 3432||Teaching Health and Physical Education in the Elementary School||3|
|ENGL 3100||Junior-Level Writing||3|
All students must complete the program requirements as well as the emphasis area courses.
Professional education courses must be completed with a grade point average of 2.5 and no grade lower than a C.
Note: Beginning with those students graduating in May, 2017 and receiving teacher certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.
Students must pass the relevant exit test to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.
|Introduction to Education|
|EDUC 1000||Building Community, Culture, and Learning in Education||1|
|EDUC 1001||Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency||1|
|Level I: Education in Community Contexts|
|TCH ED 2000||Becoming a Professional Educator||1|
|TCH ED 2001||Early Clinical Experience: Schools||1|
|TCH ED 2209||Foundations of Teaching in American Schools||2|
|Level II: Teaching and Learning Across Context and Clinical Experiences|
|ED PSY 3312||Psychology of Learning, Instruction, and Assessment||3|
|ELE ED 3338||Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Assessment and Learning||3|
|SPEC ED 3318||Inclusive Classrooms||3|
|TCH ED 3001||Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners||1|
|TCH ED 3212||Sociolinguistics and Communication in the Classroom||3|
|ECH ED 3302||Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECH ED 3332||Literacy, Learning and Instruction For The Young Child||3|
|ECH ED 3350||Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community||3|
|Level III: Instructional Application in Studio Schools|
|ELE ED 3339||Teaching Elementary Literacy in Inclusive Settings: Literacy Instruction and Learning||4|
|ELE ED 4246||Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings I||3|
|ELE ED 4342||Teaching Elementary Mathematics in Inclusive Settings II||3|
|SPEC ED 4323||Classroom Management and Positive Behavioral Supports in Inclusive Educational Settings||3|
All candidates must enroll in a program that includes levels I, II, and III course work above in the College of Education. In addition, students must complete the following Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education courses:
|ECH ED 3303||Curriculum And Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler||1|
|ECH ED 3304||Curriculum And Practice Laboratory: Preschool||1|
|ECH ED 3313||Curriculum And Practice: Infant/Toddler||2|
|ECH ED 3314||Curriculum And Practice: Preschool Education||2|
|ECH ED 4317||Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECH ED 4348||The Acquisition Of Mathematical and Science Concepts||3|
|SPEC ED 4315||Language and Communication of Children with Special Needs||3|
|ECH ED 4989||Practicum I: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience||3|
|ECH ED 4990||Practicum II: Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience||12|
Total for the B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood: minimum of 132 hours