Students who wish to teach those in early childhood will pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Early Childhood Education.
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
The PreK-5th grade licensure program prepares teachers for PreK-5th grade classrooms with an emphasis on content specific to elementary standards and extensive field experiences.
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The content of this course includes examination of the word study approach to literacy instruction and its related stages of spelling. Candidates are introduced to and practice the SIOP model of instruction with English Language Learners (ELL) during a weekly embedded tutoring experience. An emphasis
is placed on letter-sound correspondences segmenting processes, spelling, morphology, and syllabication. Word pronunciation, vocabulary building, and comprehension are highlighted. Effective application of phonetic strategies, understanding diacritical markings, English grammar, structural analysis and context are covered. Candidates are trained to recognize the signs of Dyslexia and explore the numerous strategies for differentiation across grade bands.
This course prepares students who use the knowledge of how children develop from birth through early childhood in planning educational programs. Students learn to devise learning episodes that embrace a variety of learning styles, cultural differences and developmental levels of children. This course examines the role of the family in child development and considers the readiness factors relevant to preschool and kindergarten programs. Current trends and practices such as inclusive and diversity programs in early childhood education are investigated.
The literature-based reading course is designed to present reading instruction in a holistic framework. The pedagogical approach embodies a sociolinguistic as well as psycholinguistic perspective. Strands within the integrated curricula include literature-based reading, the reading/writing connection and thematic learning. Essential skills, strategies, story grammar and story schema are presented within context. Literature is selected from all genres and includes parallel cultures.
This course is designed to help teacher candidates understand the child in the context of family and community. Teacher candidates will become familiar with social and health services available for families in the community. The course will provide opportunities to demonstrate knowledge of basic health, safety and nutritional needs of young children. Students will acquire an understanding of the interrelationships among the child’s exposure to cultures, language and through the function of the home in language development. Students will experience working with interdisciplinary, interagency and intra-agency teams of professionals.