Teacher Education: Early Childhood Education (Birth-Gr3) (Bachelor of Science)
The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide students with the perspectives and skills necessary to work with young children from birth through grade three in inclusionary, developmentally appropriate settings. These include the abilities to:
- Facilitate children's development of literacy, quantification, and inquiry skills;
- Offer instruction in an integrated day format;
- Assess educational progress from a portfolio perspective;
- Use educational materials in an open-ended fashion;
- Recognize and respect the diversity of family structures within our society.
The program involves a large field-based component and makes significant use of the UVM Campus Children’s Center and elementary schools as practicum sites. Graduates of the program who successfully complete all requirements are eligible for licensure from the State of Vermont.
The Birth-Gr3 Professional Preparation sequence involves three components. The first is a course in child development and a course in family relations. The child development course introduces students to the concepts that form the practical and theoretical foundation of the program’s educational approach. The family relations course provides students a foundation in family dynamics and parent-child relationships and serves to emphasize the important links between children’s home and school experiences. These two courses are taken prior to formal admission into the Birth-Gr3 program.
The second component is a three-part Professional Practices sequence. This sequence provides students a first exposure to the rationale, practices, and procedures used in the provision of developmentally appropriate educational experiences for young children. The sequence includes opportunities for observation and hands-on work with children, opportunities to assist teachers in the provision of developmentally appropriate educational experiences and to discuss with teachers and other professionals the issues surrounding the provision of developmentally appropriate educational experiences.
The Professional Practices sequence is structured as three course blocks, taken sequentially. The first course block deals with techniques for observing and documenting children’s development; the second deals with developmentally appropriate educational practices for children through age six (preschool/kindergarten); and the third for children between the ages of six and eight years (grades one through three). A significant portion of this Professional Practices sequence takes place in one or more preschools and elementary schools.
The third component is a two-semester Student Teaching sequence across the birth to eight-year age (preschool through grade three) range. This student teaching experience provides the opportunity to develop, implement, and assess (both in a cooperative and an independent fashion) developmentally appropriate educational practices. One experience would be in the Campus Children’s Center and the other would be in a child centered, inclusionary grade K-3 setting.
The course of study consists of 121 credits which are divided into the following categories:
- Major concentration in a Liberal Arts and Sciences Discipline
- General Education Courses
- Professional Preparation Sequence
- Diversity Courses
* The number of electives depends on the degree of course overlap in the general education, major concentration, and diversity requirements. It is possible to have one course fulfill two requirements but the credits only count once.
A possible curriculum in Early Childhood Education:
|EDEC 063 - Child Development||3|
|General Education Courses||9||3|
|EDEC 001 - Intro to Early Education||4|
|HDFS 060 - Family Context of Development||3|
|EDEC 101 - Early Education Internship||3|
|EDEC 102 - Inquiry & Pedagogy in Early Education||3|
|EDEC 103 - Curric Development in Early Education||3|
|General Education Courses||3|
|EDEC 189 - Early Childhood Practices||12|
|Diversity Category Two:
EDSP 005 - Issues Affecting Persons with Disabilities or
ECSP 202 - Intro to EI/ECSE
|General Education Courses||6|
|EDEL 156 - Teaching Math for Meaning||3|
|EDEC 180 - Early Literacy in Young Children||5|
|EDEC 296 - Early Literacy Field Experience||3|
|General Education Course||3|
|EDEC 187 - Field Practicum||15|
* The number of electives depends on the degree of course overlap in the general education, major, and diversity requirements. It is possible to have one course fulfill two requirements but the credits only count once.