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Early Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Administered by Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Effective Fall 2009

The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania's instructional and educational specialist programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.

Requirements for Early Childhood Education (N-K-3) develop knowledge of the nature of the child, the nature of the school and center, the learning process, general methods of teaching and methods of teaching particular subjects and to provide student teaching experience. A total of 69 semester hours is taken in required courses. None may be taken on a pass/fail basis. An area of concentration is optional. No free electives are available for this program. In addition to the 120-credit requirement for a Bloomsburg University degree, education majors are subject to background checks and passage of Praxis exams.

General Education Requirements

Among 50-53 credits of general education requirements some courses are specifically required

Nine credits of communication, including ENGLISH.101 and ENGLISH.201

COMMSTUD.103 Public Speaking or COMMSTUD.104 Interpersonal Communication

MATH.201 Theory of Arithmetic

PHYSICS.103 Physical Science or see your adviser

PSYCH.101 General Psychology

PSYCH.211 Child Psychology

SOC.211 Principles of Sociology or ANTHRO.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology

SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

Any other math course

Any biology course

Professional Education Courses

EDFOUND.204 Educational Computing and Technology

EDFOUND.251 Psychological Foundations of Education or PSYCH.251 Psychological Foundations of Education

EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching

EDFOUND.311 Classroom Measurement and Assessment or PROFSTUD.301 Teaching, Learning and Assessment

EDFOUND.393 Social Foundations of Education or EDFOUND.406 Multicultural Education

ELEMED.121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

ELEMED.302 Teaching Science in the Elementary School

ELEMED.304 Environmental Education in the Elementary School

ELEMED.310 Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School

ELEMED.322 Seminar in Learning Experiences with Young Children

ELEMED.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

ELEMED.373 Diagnostic and Inclusionary Practices

ELEMED.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

ELEMED.391 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School

ELEMED.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

ELEMED.410 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education I

ELEMED.420 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education II

Required field experiences

ELEMED.496 Practicum (Bloomsburg, Berwick, Central, Danville, Hazleton and/or Southern)

PROFSTUD.312 Internship (Bloomsburg)

PROFSTUD.320 Practicum (Central or Danville)

PROFSTUD.461 Practicum (Bethlehem or Philadelphia)

Student Teaching

ELEMED.494 Teaching in Education: First Experience

ELEMED.495 Teaching in Education: Second Experience

Suggested Electives

A minimum of one credit is required

Any course in fitness and recreation skills

ART.205 Children's Art

EDFOUND.427 Classroom Management and Effective Discipline

ELEMED.400 Workshop in Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (1-6)

ELEMED.441 Workshop in Elementary Education

ENGLISH.384 Literature for Children

EXERSCI.311 Methods, Materials in Elementary School Physical Education

EXERSCI.320 Health and Safety in the Elementary School

INTSTUDY.100 University Seminar

MUSIC.320 Music in Elementary School

PROFSTUD.312 Internship in Education (1 to 3 semester hours only in this area)

Other requirements

All students are required to complete the following:

FBI Clearance (Renewed yearly)

Criminal Record Check (Act 34, renewed yearly)

Child Abuse Check (Act 151, renewed yearly)

TB Test - results Negative or Statement of Treatment (yearly)

Praxis I - Pre-professional skills test (PPST). All students are required to take the following Praxis Tests. PPSTs must be taken and passed by 48 credits in order to be admitted to teacher education.

Reading (10710) or 5710

Writing (10720) or 5720

Mathematics (10703) or 5730

Praxis II - Subject Assessments. Beginning Fall 2007 the Pennsylvania Praxis II tests must be taken and passed in order successfully complete the certification program.

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (30511)

Early Childhood Education (10020)