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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 20.101 and 20.201

25.103 Public Speaking or 25.104 Interpersonal Communication

45.211 Principles of Sociology

or 46.200 Principles of Cultural Anthropology

48.101 General Psychology

48.211 Child Psychology

53.201 Theory of Arithmetic

54.103 Physical Science or see your adviser

70.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

Any other math course

Any biology course

Professional Education Courses

60.204 Educational Computing and Technology

60.251 Psychological Foundations of Education or 48.251 Psychological Foundations of Education

60.291 Principles of Teaching

60.311 Classroom Measurement and Assessment or 79.301 Teaching, Learning and Assessment

60.393 Social Foundations of Education or 60.406 Multicultural Education

62.121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

62.302 Teaching Science in the Elementary School

62.304 Environmental Education in the Elementary School

62.310 Teaching Fine Arts in the Elementary School

62.322 Seminar in Learning Experiences with Young Children

62.371 Teaching Reading in the Elementary School

62.373 Diagnostic and Inclusionary Practices

62.390 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School

62.391 Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School

62.398 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School

62.410 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education I

62.420 Methods and Materials in Early Childhood Education II

Required field experiences

62.496 Practicum (Bloomsburg, Berwick, Central, Danville, Hazleton and/or Southern)

79.312 Internship (Bloomsburg)

79.320 Practicum (Central or Danville)

79.461 Practicum (Bethlehem or Philadelphia)

Student Teaching

62.494 Teaching in Education: First Experience

62.495 Teaching in Education: Second Experience

Suggested Electives

A minimum of one credit is required

Any course in fitness and recreation skills

05.311 Methods, Materials in Elementary School Physical Education

05.320 Health and Safety in the Elementary School

09.100 University Seminar

20.384 Literature for Children

30.205 Children's Art

35.320 Music in Elementary School

60.427 Classroom Management and Effective Discipline

62.400 Workshop in Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (1-6)

62.441 Workshop in Elementary Education

79.312 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)