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Early Childhood Education
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Early Childhood Education

In the Department of Curriculum & Teaching

Degree Requirements > MA: initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–8 years)

MA: initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–8 years)

Course requirements for M.A. students seeking initial certification as early childhood teachers (birth–8 years): 

Core Courses

  • C&T 4080               Risk and resilience in early development (2)
  • C&T 4112               Integrated curriculum in early childhood education (6)
  • C&T 4308               Field experiences in early childhood/early childhood special education (2)
  • C&T 4708               Student teaching- infancy and early childhood (two terms) (6)
  • C&T 5118               Infant and toddler development and practice (3)

Methods Courses

  • A&HM 4022           The artistic lives of young children (2)
  • C&T 4131              Language and literacy in the early childhood curriculum (3)
  • C&T 4132              Learning and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom (or equivalent) (3)
  • HBSS 4116            Health education for teachers (1)
  • HUDK 4027           Development of mathematical thinking (3)

Foundation Courses

  • C&T 4001              Differentiating instruction in inclusive classrooms (2)
  • C&T 4114              Multicultural approaches to teaching young children (3)
  • C&T 4119              Issues and interdisciplinary methods for working with parents of young children (3) (or equivalent)
  • Out of Dept.          Elective (2)     OR
  • C&T 4308              In lieu of elective, students can opt to take C&T 4308 - Introduction to diverse Childhood Classrooms (2)

Culminating Project:

Students complete an integrated portfolio over the course of the program reflecting their growth as an early childhood teacher.