College of Education2021-2022
Department of Teaching and Learning
Early Childhood Education & Early Childhood Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Education
The B.S.Ed. Dual Certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education leads to Arizona teacher dual certification, providing candidates with the necessary foundation to teach young children age’s birth to 8. This nationally recognized program emphasizes sound pedagogical practices while stressing the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary to enter the field of education with confidence. Candidates engage in a purposeful program of study grounded in theory and infused with practical experiences in schools. Candidates complete foundational coursework in mathematics, educational foundations, political science, bilingual and multi-cultural education, educational psychology, special education, and curriculum and instruction. Throughout the program of study, students participate in rich practica experiences and the degree culminates with student teaching in kindergarten through grade three placements.
Throughout the program of study, candidates demonstrate outcomes aligned to standards affiliated with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, and the International Society for Educational Technology (ISTE). Nationally recognized by NAEYC and CEC, the program is designed to: promote child development and learning; build family and community relationships; use a variety of assessment strategies to support young children and families; promote developmentally effective teaching and learning approaches, use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum, and identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.
Candidates who complete this program will be prepared to join the next wave of early childhood educators—people who will dramatically shape and influence the lives of children in educational venues, as well as non-profits, state and national agencies, and other venues.
Student Learning Outcomes
Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) are included.
Grounded in a strong child development knowledge base this degree program enables candidates to use their understanding of young children's characteristics and needs, and multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning. This knowledge prepares the candidates to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
- Graduates of this program will be able to integrate their understanding of developmental processes and individual variance in their instructional practice by:
- Candidates will demonstrate a thorough understanding of patterns and variations in child development of young children birth through age 8.
- Candidates will design healthy, respective, supportive and challenging learning environments for young children based on their knowledge of child development.
- Graduates of this program will be able to effectively engage families and communities in support of children’s growth and development by:
- Candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding how families and communities promote resilience and protective factors that ameliorate risk in young children.
- Candidates will actively engage with families and communities to promote positive child outcomes by demonstrating communication skills that promote reciprocity and respect.
- Graduates of this program will be able to use assessment practices for multiple purposes focused on improving learning outcomes for students by:
- Candidates will demonstrate an understanding of the purpose, uses and processes of assessment in early childhood education.
- Candidates will demonstrate the skills required to conduct a range of assessments including: observation, screening, criterion- and norm-referenced assessments, monitoring child progress, and evaluating intervention strategies and learning environments.
- Candidates will appropriately integrate technology in assessment practices, including basic assistive technology.
- Graduates of this program will be able to select and implement appropriate instructional practices for young children by:
- Candidates will use evidence-based instructional practices that are developmentally appropriate.
- Candidates will create opportunities for young children to develop and sustain relationships with others in their natural environments.
- Candidates will demonstrate the ability to effectively use technology that promotes learning and functioning.
- Candidates will demonstrate the ability to reflect upon their practice and make modifications as appropriate.
- Graduates of this program will be make curricular decisions that are informed by professional and state learning standards and conform to current content knowledge across disciplines by:
- Candidates will demonstrate a thorough content knowledge and resources across the curriculum in language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science, physical activity, physical education, health and safety; and social studies.
- Candidates will be able to develop lessons and units that reflect central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of academic discipline, and are able to integrate these content areas appropriately.
- Candidates will demonstrate knowledge of early learning standards, professional standards and content areas to design, implement and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.
Graduates of this program will be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner that is collaborative and reflective and will pursue excellence in the profession by:
- Candidates will adhere to professional standards set forth by the National Association of Education of Young Children and the Council for Exceptional Children/Division of Early Childhood.
- Candidates will engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice, and integrate technology appropriately.
- Graduates will collaborate with community partners and advocate for young children and their families.
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