Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology

Description

Stevenson University offers a bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education: liberal arts and technology (pre K – grade 3). Courses in this program provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful early childhood teachers. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in liberal arts, mathematics and science, technological competency, and a thorough understanding of child development and its impact on educational practices. The curriculum includes an integration of theory, practice and mentoring, and includes field experiences from the second semester in the program. Candidates complete an internship in a Professional Development School that extends for two consecutive semesters. Candidates who successfully complete this program, including achieving passing scores on Core Academic Skills for Educators (or meeting the requirements for the SAT/ACT options) and Praxis II, are eligible for teacher certification in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education. The early childhood program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of discipline content and content-related pedagogy to design and implement effective instruction for all learners.
  2. Use knowledge of diverse students to design instruction and create a culturally responsive, equitable environment to support achievement for all learners.
  3. Design and implement instruction that engages students, encourages student participation, promotes higher-level thinking, and supports instructional outcomes.
  4. Design and implement assessment that monitors student learning, provides purposeful feedback on progress, and furnishes evidence to inform instruction.
  5. Reflect on teaching, collaborate in a professional learning community, seek professional development opportunities, engage in inquiry, persist toward goals, and exhibit integrity and professionalism.

Policies

Candidates must earn a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 to progress to the sophomore year and a 3.00 to remain in the program. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major.

Admission into the School of Education. Candidates in the early childhood education: liberal arts and technology program formally apply for admission into the School of Education at the end of their second year and must successfully complete specific requirements in order to progress in the program. Incoming freshmen who have successfully completed the 90 credit hour certificate or the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program through their local high school must present official documentation from the high school prior to registration. Incoming transfer students or students who are changing their major into Early Childhood, Elementary, or Middle School Education are responsible for informing the Dean of the School of Education that they have completed the program and must also present official documentation from the high school.

Criteria for admission into the School include, but are not limited to the following: 1) achieve passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators or meet the requirements for the SAT/ACT options, 2) earn an overall GPA of 3.00 or above, 3) earn grades of "C" or above in all major courses; and 4) satisfactorily complete all field experiences.

Admission into an Education Internship. Criteria for acceptance into the internship include, but are not limited to, the following: 1) achieve passing scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators or meet the requirements of the SAT/ACT options, 2) attain an overall GPA of 3.00 or above, 3) earn grades of “C“ or better in all major courses, 4) obtain the recommendation of the faculty in the School of Education; and 5) satisfactorily complete all field placements prior to internship. Candidates must also complete a criminal background check. Please see the Unit Assessment Plan: Performance of Candidates on the School of Education website for additional requirements.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in early childhood education: liberal arts and technology. Candidates must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions. 

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

FYS 102First Year Seminar

1 credit

ED 108Learning Experiences for Young Children

3 credits

ED 108FYear 1 Field Placement

0 credits

ED 202FYear 2 Field Placement

0 credits

ED 203F Year 2 Field Placement

0 credits

ED 205Year 2 Seminar

1 credit

ED 230Processes and Acquisition of Reading

3 credits

ED 270Curriculum Principles and Practices

3 credits

ED 271Principles of Assessment

3 credits

ED 272Principles of Special Education

3 credits

ED 302Year Three Seminar I

0 credits

ED 303Year Three Seminar II

1 credit

ED 305FYear 3 Field Placement

0 credits

ED 306F Year 3 Field Placement

0 credits

ED 318Methods of Teaching Mathematics: Early Childhood Education

4 credits

ED 319Methods of Teaching Science: Early Childhood

3 credits

ED 331Instruction of Reading

3 credits

ED 365Materials for Teaching Reading

3 credits

ED 410Assessment for Reading Instruction

3 credits

ED 435Internship Seminar I

1 credit

ED 436Internship Seminar II

3 credits

ED 440Internship I: Early Childhood

4 credits

ED 441Internship II: Early Childhood

12 credits

ENG 282Literary Genres: Youth Literature

3 credits

IS 302Integrating Technology and Digital Learning in the Classroom

3 credits

PHIL 420Philosophy of Education

3 credits

PSY 206Child Development

3 credits

PSY 330Educational Psychology

3 credits

Fine Arts elective

ART 241 Creative Development in Early Childhood Education (recommended)

Social Science elective

GEO elective (recommended)

HIST elective

Any SEE certified HIST course.

MATH electives

Minimum of 12 credits required - MATH 137, MATH 205, and MATH 206 (recommended)

Science electives

Minimum of 12 credits required - BIO 104 (recommended).

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence 2018-19 Early Childhood

Minor in Early Childhood Education: Liberal Arts and Technology

A minor in early childhood education: liberal arts and technology is not available.

Course Descriptions

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