SC

Early Childhood

B.A., Major in Early Childhood Education

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

The education program requires 33 semester hours of general education courses for teacher certification in addition to major requirements.

Major requirements:

EDUC150 Introduction to Education (Traditional 4-year student) (2 hours)
EDUC215 Foundations of Education (3 hours)
EDUC216 Diversity Field Experience (1 hour)
EDUC218 Child Psychology (3 hours) with grade of “C” or better
EDUC220 Educational Technology (3 hours)
EDUC280 The Other Literacies (3 hours)
EDUC311 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
EDUC322 Educational Psychology (3 hours)*
EDUC323 Introduction to Exceptionalities (3 hours)*
EDUC325 Methods for Teaching Motor Development, Expressive Arts, Social Studies (3 hours)
EDUC329 Children’s and Adolescents’ Literature (2 hours)
EDUC333 Teaching Young Children with Disabilities (4 hours)
EDUC335 Infant Development (3 hours)
EDUC336 Introduction to the Reading Process (3 hours)
EDUC339 Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood (3 hours)
EDUC341 Reading in the Elementary School (3 hours)
EDUC343 Home, School, and Community (3 hours)
EDUC359 Reading Practicum (1 hour)*
EDUC420 Oral Language Development (3 hours)
EDUC425 Administration, Guidance, and Behavior (3 hours)
EDUC429 Assessment in Early Childhood Intervention (3 hours)
EDUC432 Technology in Special Education (3 hours)
EDUC435 Methods of Teaching Math and Science (3 hours)
EDUC436 Early Childhood Methods and Management (3 hours)*
EDUC440 Student Teaching Seminar (1 hour)*
EDUC446 Observation and Supervised Teaching in Early Childhood Programs (12 hours)*
EDUC450 Introduction to Language, Linguistics, and Culture in the Context of Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)
EDUC490 Teaching English as a Second Language and Assessing Language Competency (3 hours)


Cognate requirement:

MATH215 Introduction to Statistics and Probability (3 hours)
PSYC112 General Psychology (4 hours) with grade of “C” or better.

*Taken only after formal admittance to the Teacher Education Program.



Minor in Early Childhood Education

Minor requirements:

EDUC311 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 hours)

An additional 12 hours selected from the following:

EDUC325 Methods of Teaching Motor Development, Expressive Arts and Social Studies (3 hours)
EDUC335 Infant Development (3 hours)
EDUC339 Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood (3 hours)
EDUC343 Home, School, and Community (3 hours)
EDUC420 Oral Language Development (3 hours)



Career Opportunities with a degree in Early Childhood

little buildersThe Early Childhood program of study combines early childhood education and early childhood special education into one license birth through age 8. Early Childhood pre-service teachers have experiences with all ages of children. During the student teaching experience, placement occurs at two grade levels. Southwestern College has an on-campus pre-school which provides observation and innovative teaching practice. Southwestern College also partners with several special education programs in the country such as PALS (Preschool and Language Stimulation), REACH program, and other early child care centers.  Students in the program are also provided opportunities to gain clinical experiences working at other elementary schools in Cowley County. Our program also provides some connection with child care centers, and public schools in China.

A few of the career paths available after graduation are:

  • Licensed Preschool-Kindergarten teacher in public school settings
  • Licensed first grade-third grades teacher in public school settings
  • Licensed special education teachers working with children birth to eight-years old
  • Homecare provider
  • Early interventionist
  • Travel, study and/or work in public schools, orphanages or other child care settings in China with specially chosen mentors
  • Be a global educator for the twenty-first century

 

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