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Early Childhood PreK-4 (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 Certification in Early Childhood PreK-4 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 70 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

Nine credits of communication, including 20.101 Composition I and 20.201 Composition II

25.103 Public Speaking or 25.104 Interpersonal Communication

42.121 U.S. History colonial period through 1877

OR 42.122 U.S. History 1877 to present

45.211 Sociology or 46.200 Anthropology

48.101 General Psychology

53.201 Math Concepts I

53.202 Math Concepts II

54.103 Physical Science or see your adviser

60.406 Multicultural Education

72.415 ELL Basics of Language and Communication, 72.432 Communication/Educational Strategies for ELL Individuals

OR 79.494 ELL Strategies and Methods

Any writing intensive literature course from the approved list

Any geography course

Any biology course

Any quantitative-analytical reasoning course

Any humanities course

Two credits of survival, fitness and recreation skills

Professional Education Courses

48.211 Early Childhood Development

48.309 Early childhood Cognitive Development

60.291 Principles of Teaching

60.414 Home, School and Community Relations

62.120 Introduction to Education

62.121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

62.214 Teaching Reading in Early Childhood: Birth -Kindergarten

62.218 Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood: Birth-Kindergarten

62.324 Language and Literacy in Diverse #C Settings: Birth –Grade 4

62.329 Young Children’s Play as an Educative Process

62.331 Teaching Science and Environmental Education: PK-4

62.334 Teaching Reading in Early Childhood: Grades 1-4

62.336 Teaching Social Studies: PK-4

62.338 Diagnostic & Inclusionary Practices in Literacy In ECE Grades PK-4

62.340 Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood: Grades 1-4

62.347 Fine Arts for the Developing Child

70.101 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals

70.358 Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities


62.343 Assessment in Early Childhood Education

70.275 Linking Assessment and Instruction for Individuals w/Disabilities

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)

Student Teaching

62.494 Student Teaching (First Assignment)

62.495 Student Teaching (Second Assignment)

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 (every two years)

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)

Writing (20720)

Mathematics (10730)

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)

Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (10011)

Early Childhood Education (10020)