This program provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become highly qualified educators at the early childhood education level. The study plan includes a combination of academic and professional coursework with field experience in the classroom that prepares graduates for teaching in the real world.
Understand child development and learning and provide all children with learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging.
Demonstrate an understanding of the value of diverse characteristics of families and communities and create respectful relationships with them in shaping children’s development and learning.
Apply effective assessment strategies and tools in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence children’s development and learning.
Use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
Integrate multiple areas of knowledge in planning, implementing, and evaluating individually, culturally, and developmentally appropriate, meaningful, and inclusive early childhood curriculum.
Use reflection to make decisions and take actions based on professional and ethical standards related to early childhood practice and collaboratively participate in ongoing learning to inform their practice.
Develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions necessary to promote the development and learning of young children across the entire developmental period of early childhood and in the variety of settings that offer early education.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Apply knowledge of child development and learning principles to provide children with healthy, respectful, and challenging learning environments.
Build respectful partnerships with children's families and their communities and communicate with them effectively, both orally and in writing.
Apply effective assessment strategies and tools in partnership with families and other professionals.
Use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches and instructional strategies in partnership with families.
Integrate multiple areas of knowledge in planning, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate and inclusive early childhood curriculum.
Make decisions and take actions based on professional and ethical standards and develop reasoned and creative solutions.
Develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions and maintain responsibility for self-development and life-long learning to promote the development and learning of young children.
Apply a student-centered learning approach, by developing the student as a communicator, a thinker, and a problem solver.
Develop research skills necessary for integrating knowledge and concepts through effectively using information derived from a variety of sources.