Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten
Bagwell College of Education
Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten program will be prepared to provide instruction to very young children with and without special learning needs. Graduates will also be familiar with global perspectives on early learning and teaching. The program addresses the needs of the whole child based on national and state standards. Teacher candidates in the program will be placed in diverse field settings that will focus on (1) developmentally appropriate best practices, (2) current research on the development of infant, toddler, and young children, (3) families and communities in a global setting, (4) English Language Learners, and (5) children with special learning needs.
The Montessori Concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals to work effectively with infants, toddlers and children from three to five years of age. This program prepares graduates to qualify for the Professional Standards Commission’s (PSC) Birth through Five teaching certificate. This program is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by five national and international professional accrediting organizations. Candidates will understand and learn to implement developmentally appropriate best practices with young children. Candidates will develop sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity and will learn to respond appropriately to the individual needs and differences of all children, including those that experience atypical development. Candidates who complete this program will also be recommended for Montessori certification through the Pan American Montessori Society (PAMS). More information may be located at www.montessori-pams.org.