College of Education2021-2022

Department of Teaching and Learning

Interdisciplinary Studies - Early Childhood, Bachelor

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Interdisciplinary Studies, Early Childhood Education degree program provides students with a framework for entering an occupation that requires a broad general education, for seeking career advancement or personal intellectual enrichment, or for considering a pre-professional plan. This program’s major requirements include an early childhood specialization, the option of a concentration, minor, or certificate, and interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of communication, language or science, and computer literacy.

This flexible bachelor’s degree offers students the opportunity to design a plan of studies, in consultation with an advisor, to meet individual educational needs, and the purpose of this degree, which does not lead to teacher certification, is to provide a general knowledge of child development, early literacy development, and preschool curriculum and assessment. Students who complete this program will have an early childhood education background that will enrich them both personally and professionally.  This degree does not lead to teacher certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Knowing and understanding young children's characteristics and needs, from birth through age 8.
  • Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning.
  • Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.
  • Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics.
  • Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
  • Involving families and communities in young children's development and learning.
  • Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment - including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.
  • Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
  • Knowing about and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities.

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