Early Childhood Education Major, B.A.

The early childhood education program is designed to prepare and certify teacher candidates to teach young children in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-3. The Phase III teaching internship requires two placements, one in prekindergarten or kindergarten and one in a primary classroom. Beginning in the prerequisite phase, students have the unique opportunity to observe in the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School on campus, which offers preschool for children ages 3-4. The ECE program includes many field experiences and is based conceptually on the InTASC Standards and the National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards as well as on the Maryland State Department's "Redesign of Teacher Education".

The early childhood education major is divided into sequential steps consisting of Prerequisite, Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The departmental unit assessment plan features a checkpoint at each step through which students must pass before advancing to the next phase.

The minimum requirement for a major in early childhood education is the successful completion of Phase II coursework and field experiences. Completion of the certification program is contingent upon completion of Phase III and upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on the Praxis II tests specific to early childhood education and attaining a rating of "Proficient" or higher on the Exit Folio.

Course Requirements for the Program

The ECE certification program requires students to demonstrate multidisciplinary breadth by completing:

  • 9 credits in English
  • 12 credits in science (at least one course in biological science and at least one course in physical science)
  • 12 credits in mathematics (to include MATH 111, MATH 120, MATH 201 or MATH 207; MATH 106; MATH 107; and MATH 112 or PSY 211)
  • 9 credits in social sciences to include U.S. History and Introduction to Psychology

Some Core Curriculum courses may satisfy the requirements for multidisciplinary breadth.

Prerequisite Phase:

The courses in the prerequisite portion of the early childhood education program prepare students for the professional sequences in Phases I, II and III. Along with these prerequisite courses, students must complete field experiences in designated Professional Development Schools (PDSs) and at the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School (OPCDLS). While completing prerequisite courses, students must obtain Maryland’s minimum passing score on Praxis Core or MSDE equivalent.

EDUC 204Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society

3.0

EDUC 223Child Development

3.0

EDUC 224Processes & Acquisition of Reading

3.0

EDUC 236Children & Youth with Exceptionalities

3.0

Phase I:

Entry to Phase I is contingent upon (1) successful completion of prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a "C", (2) successful performance in prerequisite field experiences, including observations in the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, (3) minimum 2.75 G.P.A. overall and in education courses, (4) meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on Praxis Core or MSDE acceptable equivalent (e.g., SAT, ACT), (5) submission of the Phase I application, (6) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (7) being in good campus judicial standing. By the end of Phase I, students may be asked to submit their entry folio for entrance into Phase II.

EDUC 316Reading Instruction

3.0

EDUC 320Science Curriculum,Methods,Materials,and Assessment

3.0

EDUC 323Infants and Toddlers: Foundations and Methods

3.0

EDUC 324Theory & Practice in Early Childhood Education

3.0

EDUC 330Social Studies Curriculum,Methods,Materials, and Assessment

3.0

Phase II:

Entry to Phase II is contingent upon (1) successful completion of Phase I courses with no grade lower than a "C", (2) successful performance in Phase I field experiences, (3) minimum 2.75 G.P.A. overall and in education courses, (4) a score of “Emergent” or higher on the Entry Folio, if required, (5) submission of the Phase II application, (6) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (7) being in good campus judicial standing. Phase II is the initial semester of the yearlong internship. Students participate in full-time course work and field experiences in a designated PDS. Phase II courses are only open to students admitted to the yearlong internship. Phase II courses must be taken concurrently. When Phase II students are not in class, they are interning in a PDS. Upon the completion of Phase II, students are encouraged to take their PRAXIS II tests specific to early childhood education certification.

EDUC 317Materials for Teaching Reading

3.0

EDUC 321Mathematics Curriculum,Methods,Materials,Assessment

3.0

EDUC 340Assessment for Reading Instruction

3.0

EDUC 347Classroom Organization & Management

3.0

EDUC 360Introduction to the Teaching Seminar/Internship

3.0

Phase III:

Entry into Phase III is contingent upon (1) successful completion of Phase II courses with no grade below a "C", (2) successful performance in Phase II internship, (3) minimum 2.75 G.P.A. overall and in education courses, (4) submission of the Phase III application, (5) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (6) being in good campus judicial standing. The student will be engaged in a full-time teaching internship in designated PDSs. Phase III courses are only open to students who have successfully completed Phase II and have been approved to continue in the yearlong internship. Toward the end of Phase III and in partial fulfillment of program requirements, the student submits the Exit Folio, which must meet the overall rating of “Proficient” or higher. Completion of Phase III and the certification program is contingent upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on the Praxis II tests specific to early childhood education certification.

EDUC 459ATeaching Internship in Kindergarten

6.0

EDUC 459BTeaching Internship in Primary Grades

6.0

EDUC 460Professional Development Seminar

3.0