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The Early Childhood Education program provides candidates and graduate students with multiple opportunities to develop professional identities and competencies in the field of early childhood as teachers/professionals (certified to teach in grades P-3, Class B, A, & AA certification levels), teacher educators, as well as researchers. Candidates become grounded in the theory and research in early education and development through course work that yields meaningful strategies for teaching young children and building positive relationships with their families. The importance of creating an equitable and inclusive, respectful, and engaging learning environment is emphasized throughout the program.
What will I learn?
The coursework incorporates field-based experiences and attention to use of technology in teaching young children. This preparation provides a conceptual knowledge basis for both prospective and inservice teachers to make developmentally appropriate decisions regarding early childhood curricula, instructional strategies, and assessment tools and techniques required in today's schools. Special attention is given to diverse learners and contexts so that teachers are prepared to meet the needs of each child. The integration of children’s content learning into in-depth investigations, or project work, and the documentation of and reflection upon their learning is evidence of the program’s participation in the national dialogue about evidence-based excellence in teaching.
How will I use my degree?
The goal of the Early Childhood Education program is to prepare reflective and highly qualified teachers (grades P-3) and professionals in the field of early childhood education (birth – 8 years). Since the field of early childhood education is an evolving discipline and central to the preparation of early childhood professionals, a strong preparation in leadership and advocacy for young children and families in their school and community contexts is required.
How can I learn more?
Please contact the Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator: Angela Love
firstname.lastname@example.org (334) 844-6798
Academic Information: Early Childhood Education
For information on graduate application procedures, please consult the Graduate Programs Application page.
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2013