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Early Childhood Special Education

The need for teachers who have a foundation in early childhood and special education has expanded over the last decade. The Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education / Special Education prepares professionals who value the unique characteristics of children with a range of cognitive, physical, and emotional abilities.

The major targets the creation of individual, age, linguistic, physical, social, and culturally appropriate educational environments that support and nurture positive developmental outcomes. ECE/Special Education certification prepares individuals to teach in a variety of Pre-K to eighth grade settings while learning to work cooperatively with families and other professionals.

Graduates prepared with an ECE/Special Education degree know how to plan and implement instruction and demonstrate effective classroom adaptations. Numerous opportunities to practice skills in authentic settings and, observe in various environments are provided.

Real World Experiences

Classroom experiences give you school-based observation and participation each semester. There’s simply no better preparation for future teachers than real world experience. Observing how students react to different styles of instruction and learning how to adjust in response, will prepare you for a successful career in education.

  • Field experiences begin the first semester
  • Pre-student teaching placements
  • 14 weeks of student teaching last semester

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) Special Education (Pre K-8) B.S. Degree

FIRST SEMESTER

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • College Writing I: Academic Writing
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: U.S. History I or II
  • The First Year Seminar
  • Quantitative: College Algebra or higher
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assess. Prep

SECOND SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Begin Stage 1 Field Experience/Exploration)
  • Speech Communication
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • College Writing II: Writing About Literature
  • Quantitative: College Mathematics or higher
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development I
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment

THIRD SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Begin Stage 2 Field experience/Exploration)
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Arts & Humanities Elective: American Literature I or II
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Child Development II
  • Characteristics & Needs of Exceptional Learners
  • Scientific Literacy Elective
  • Application and interview with Education faculty for acceptance into education program after completion of 48 credits, passes Praxis I, and 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

FOURTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Begin Stage 3 pre-student teaching experience)
  • Curriculum Program Planning (Ages 3-8)
  • Teaching Literacy through Literature
  • Cognition & Learning
  • Early Intervention & Transitions
  • Special Education Processes & Procedures
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • Interview and Acceptance into Education Program.  Required to take EDUC 300 and higher classes. – Bridge Experience

FIFTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Continue Stage 3 Pre-student Teaching Experience) Early Literacy Foundations
  • Developmental Assessment I
  • Integrating the Arts for the Developing Child Electronic Media for Teachers Technology
  • Low Incidence Disabilities: Assess & Instruction
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

SIXTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Continue Stage 3 Pre-student Teaching Experience)
  • Curriculum and Methods: Math
  • Curriculum and Methods: Social Studies
  • Curriculum and Methods: Science
  • Teaching Reading
  • Developmental Assessment II
  • Evidence Based Effective Instruction: ASD
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)
  • PECT  Prep

SEVENTH SEMESTER

  • Observation/Participation (Continue Stage 3 Pre-student Teaching Experience)
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Teaching English Language Learners
  • Seminar: Contemporary Research, Issues & Ethics in Education: Moral Reasoning
  • Classroom Management
  • Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • Family Partnerships, Advocacy, Collaboration and Transitions
  • Learning Disabilities: Identification & Instruction
  • PECT Pre-K-4 and SPEC ED Pre K-8
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

EIGHTH SEMESTER

  • Capstone Experience/ Real World Experience:
  • Student Teaching in Special Education (PreK-8)
  • Student Teaching in Early Childhood PreK-1 or
  • Student Teaching in Early Childhood GR 2-4
  • Graduation Audit
  • Current clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse FBI and Health requirements)

Student teaching will take place in the two grade bands not covered in the Pre-student teaching experience.  One student teaching experience will be under the supervision of college personnel and cooperating teachers who have special education certification.

Updated: October 2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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