And as the child learner develops, the teacher continues to be a big influence in the classroom as a role model and support mechanism.

Early Childhood Education (PK-4) (B.S.Ed.)

Become the teacher your students will never forget. Build a strong foundation of child development through your desire to see children learn and grow, while serving as a valuable resource to their family in forging a path for continued learning success.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.Ed.
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Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
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Teachers play a pivotal role in the life of a developing child through mentoring, advocating and fostering learning. And as the child learner develops, the teacher continues to be a big influence in the classroom as a role model and support mechanism. At Bloomsburg University you start with a strong foundation of knowledge with quality field experiences beginning in your first year, and crucial preparation for the 21st century educational landscape – like minors in Educational Technology, Playwork, and Child Life Specialist.

Our early childhood education program provides an opportunity to 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. 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 PAPA, PECT and any required PRAXIS exams.

Teaching and learning are more than two sides to an equation. There’s a human quotient. Bloomsburg teaches teachers to factor that into every lesson. And it works.

Courses and Curriculum

Effective Summer 2020

As per PRP3604: All students earning a first baccalaureate degree will take at least 30 of their last 45 credits at Bloomsburg University, no more credits are required than the 30 credits. All first baccalaureate students will take at least 50% of credits required for the Major from a PASSHE university. Bloomsburg University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits. Program exceptions to the policy are to be approved by the Office of the Chancellor.

Requirements for Certification in Early Childhood PK-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. 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 PAPA, PECT and any required PRAXIS exams.

Early Childhood Ed (PK-4) – PTE

ELEMED.120 Introduction to Education

ELEMED.121 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

EDFOUND.204 Ed Computing & Tech

EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching

EDFOUND.406 Multicultural Education

PSYCH.211 Early Childhood Development

PSYCH.309 Early childhood Cognitive Development

AUDSLP.432 ELL Comm/Ed Strat or PROFSTUD.494 ESL Strategies/Meth

Special Education (PK-4) – PTE

SPECED.101 Introduction to Exceptional Individuals

SPECED.275 Linking Assessment and Instruction for Individuals w/Disabilities

SPECED.358 Methods of Instruction for Individuals with Disabilities

Additional Coursework

ENGLISH.384 Literature for Children

Free Elective

Early Childhood ED – TE Advanced Sequence

ELEMED.324 Language and Literacy in Diverse #C Settings: Birth –Grade 4

ELEMED.331 Teaching Science and Environmental Education: PK-4

ELEMED.334 Teaching Reading in Early Childhood: Grades 1-4

ELEMED.336 Teaching Social Studies: PK-4

ELEMED.340 Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood: Grades 1-4

ELEMED.343 Assessment in Early Childhood Education or PROFSTUD.301 Teach, Learn & Assess

ELEMED.347 Fine Arts for the Developing Child

ELEMED.338 Diagnostic & Inclusionary Practices in Literacy In ECE Grades PK-4

ELEMED.410 M&M Early Child Ed 1

EDFOUND.427 Class Mgt & Eff Disc

PROFSTUD.498 Student Teacher Seminar

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

PROFSTUD.320 Practicum (Central or Danville)

PROFSTUD.461 Practicum (Bethlehem)

ELEMED.494 Student Teaching (First Assignment)

ELEMED.495 Student Teaching (Second Assignment)

University Requirements – Minimum of 40 GEPs and 120 Credits

Goal 1: Communication (7 pts.) – Disciplines

BIOLOGY.101 Human Biology

EDFOUND.291 Principles of Teaching

ENGLISH.151, 152, 156, 226, 227, 236, 237, 246, 247 or 286

EXERSCI.211 Methods and Material in Elementary Physical Education

Goal 2: Information Literacy (2 pts.) - 1 Discipline

EDFOUND.204 Ed Computing & Tech

Goal 3: Analytical & Quantitative Skills (5 pts.) - 2 Disciplines

MATH.201 Math Concepts I

MATH.202 Math Concepts II

SPECED.275 Linking Assessment/Instruction

Goal 4: Cultures & Diversity (5 pts.) - 2 Disciplines

SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

HISTORY.121 Colonial to 1877 or HISTORY.122 1877 to Present

Goal 5: Natural Sciences (5 pts) - 2 Disciplines

PHYSICS.103 Physical Science

BIOLOGY.100, 101 or 102

Goal 6: Social Sciences (5 pts.) - 2 Disciplines

PSYCH.101 General Psychology

PROFSTUD.414 Home/School/Community Relations

SPECED.275 Linking Assessment and Instruction for Individuals w/Disabilities

Goal 7: Arts & Humanities (5 pts.) - 2 Disciplines

ENGLISH.151, 152, 156, 226, 227, 236, 237, 246, 247 or 286

MUSIC.101, MUSIC, 105, THEATRE.102, or THEATRE.103

Goal 8: Second Language (2 pts.) - 1 Discipline

Any 102 level language *

Goal 9: Healthy Living (2 pts.) - 1 Discipline

Choose one: EXERSCI.114,, 211, 241, 250, 270, DANCE.117, NURSING.100, NURSING.217 or HONORS 217

Or

Take both: EXERSCI.226 and EXERSCI.230

Goal 10: Citizenship (2 pts.) - 1 Discipline

SPECED.101 Introduction to Individuals with Exceptionalities

PROFSTUD.414 Home/School/Community Relations

     * Other information regarding testing requirements

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Licensure and Certification

Bloomsburg University is approved to offer Education programs that lead to certification in Pennsylvania. While we regularly monitor licensure and certification laws in each state, state requirements are subject to change without notice. If you are interested in certification outside of Pennsylvania, we encourage you to contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek guidance and verify requirements before beginning a program and during your program of study. Please visit our state authorization page and www2.ed.gov for more information. If you are planning to teach in New Jersey, please note that you may be required to complete the edTPA, a performance based assessment. It's strongly recommended you contact the school district(s) of interest and the New Jersey Department of Education for more information specific to New Jersey.

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Early childhood elementary education major ready for graduation

I’ve been prepared through observations, practicum experience, and student teaching. I’ve seen many different environments of teaching, all different than the next. All environments have inspired me to become the best educator I can, all thanks to Bloomsburg.

Cassidy Larkin '21
Early Childhood and Special Education
Early childhood elementary education major ready for graduation

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