Infancy Through Early Childhood Education Specialization

Education (BS)

Specialization Infancy through Early Childhood Education Specialization This specialization certifies you to teach infants through children in the third grade.

What Will I Learn? 

You will:

  • be grounded in a child-development knowledge base
  • explore the needs of young children in order to develop unique learning environments
  • learn to use a wide variety of instructional strategies that connect with children and their families in order to positively influence development and learning
  • understand the importance of developing partnerships with families and communities in order to support children as they develop and learn
  • observe children and engage in forms of assessment that are central to the practice of all early childhood professionals
  • learn to use developmentally-appropriate approaches to meet the needs of young children

Using content-area knowledge, you will graduate knowing how to design, implement, and evaluate curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child. Our graduates are prepared to enter the field of Early Childhood Education as professionals who are knowledgeable, reflective, and informed advocates for young children

Where can I teach?

There are many opportunities available for professionals with a background in early childhood education. You may consider becoming a:

  • classroom teacher (Grades K – 3)
  • preschool teacher (Infancy – Prekindergarten)
  • advocate for an early childhood readiness coalition
  • museum educator with an art, science or children's museum

Did you know...

With one additional year, you are able to complete your Bachelor of Science in Education with Master of Science? This will build on your undergraduate coursework.

Infancy through Early Childhood Education Curriculum

Courses Descriptions

  • Philosophical and Sociological Foundations of Early Childhood Education is designed for the pre-service teacher beginning curriculum development to examine developmental milestones in relationship to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth and development of young children. While observing play-based theory in practice in a variety of early childhood settings, students will interview experienced teachers, discuss the importance of integrated learning experiences and design a developmentally appropriate learning environment. Community resources will be identified and assessment in relation to the development of the whole child will be explored. Field experience required. Pre or corequisites: EDU 160 and EDU 221. Fall course only.
  • This course focuses on the importance of integrated, developmentally appropriate literacy-based creative arts and social science experiences in the preparation of curriculum for the early childhood period of development. Emphasis is placed on interpreting data collected from a variety of assessment instruments to design an interdisciplinary curriculum from the perspective of constructivist theory. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ECE 201. Spring course only.
  • This course has a focus on the standards, principles, and practices to consider when teaching mathematics, science and nutrition to young children ages birth to grade 3. An emphasis will be placed on developing an integrated developmentally appropriate literacy-based math and science curriculum that includes appropriate content, processes, environment and materials, and child-centered choices. Emphasis is placed on interpreting data collected from a variety of assessment instruments in order to plan, revise and adapt instruction appropriately. Policies and current issues related to child safety, health and nutrition will be examined in the context of an integrated early childhood setting. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ECE 202. Spring course only.
  • This course builds upon knowledge of historical and social foundations in early childhood education to develop an awareness of values issues, ethical and legal issues, and the importance of being an advocate for children and families. It is designed to increase students’ awareness of the roots of the profession and understand the importance of professionalism. Students will reflect upon current trends in early childhood education, best practices, and their role in advocacy and public policy. Field experience required. Prerequisite: ECE 302. Spring course only.

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