Early Childhood Education

Program description

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Early Childhood Education (PreK - Grade 4) degree program prepares students to become highly effective pre-kindergarten through grade 4 teachers for public and private schools. The program offers courses that focus on providing developmentally appropriate teaching practices to future educators. The program courses are evidence-based, and upon completion of the degree, students will be prepared to use their expertise in a variety of sectors, including public and private schools, child development centers, and preschools.

The curriculum is designed to provide a practical hands-on application approach to understanding early childhood education. Students must complete a minimum of 100 credit hours, of which 20 hours are lower division general education courses, and in the upper division, 70 hours of professional core and major concentration educational courses and 16 hours of internship practices.

Students are also required to develop a professional portfolio, and the Capstone of the B.S. program is a student teaching internship. Students are assigned a mentor and are required to complete a full term, full day, full week (M-F) internship at an accredited public or private primary (PreK-grade 4) school.

Program Content

Core Courses

A core course is a course that is to be compulsorily studied by a student as a core requirement to complete the requirement of a program in a said discipline of study. The purpose of fixing core modules is to ensure that all the institutions follow a minimum common curriculum so that each institution/university adheres to a common minimum standard. Also, the course designed for modules under this category aims to cover the basics that a student is expected to imbibe in that particular discipline.

Elective Courses

Generally, a course which can be chosen from a pool of courses and which may be very specific or specialized or advanced or supportive to the discipline/subject of study or which provides an extended scope or which enables exposure to some other discipline/subject/domain or nurtures the candidate’s proficiency/skill is called an Elective Course.

  • General English, Academic English

  • Educational Psychology

  • Child Development: Prenatal to Adolescence

  • Instructional Methodologies: Language Arts, Math, Science, the Creative Arts

  • Child Guidance and Management in Early Childhood Education

  • Assessing, Monitoring, and Reporting Progress of Young Children

  • Public Speaking

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Career perspectives

Program Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a program. Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Articulate a critical understanding of child psychology and development in context.

  • Theorise, plan, develop, enact and assess curriculum appropriate to the Early Years context.

  • Demonstrate understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs and of the interacting influences on children’s development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.

  • Identify and interpret the complex and interrelated factors that influence teaching and learning in different environments and identify factors that influence these relationships.

  • Identify and discuss the key factors related to a child’s physical, social and emotional interactions and well-being in the Early Years.

  • Articulate an understanding of the centrality of artistic exploration in Early Years education and the value of the social, emotional, and aesthetic dimensions in Early Childhood Development.

  • Identify and explain the importance of and the need for high ethical standards in the practice of Early Years education, including the moral responsibilities of the education profession to diminish intolerance, discrimination, and educational disadvantage.

  • Critically analyze and discuss theories of language acquisition and apply them in practical settings to enhance the language development of young children.

  • Undertake a substantial piece of academic research and present findings in written format in an appropriate scholarly manner, to a specialist or non-specialist audience as appropriate.

  • Articulate an in-depth knowledge of an elected field of study.

  • Critically reflect on field placement experiences and use these reflections to inform future practice and identify areas of focus for future professional development.