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Early Childhood Education

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Typical Preschool Option Student

  • Career Goal- Wants to work as a teacher or lead teacher in an Early Education Program, Family Child Care Program or Head Start.
  • Student gets 300 hours of work with children here on Campus
  • ( ECE 253 and ECE 254) to meet DEEC requirements
  • Students who are currently working in the field with preschool aged children may be eligible to do some of their student teaching at their worksite

Typical Early Childhood Education Pre-K to Grade 2 Option  Student

  • Career Goal- to teach in the Public School System grades Preschool – 2
  • Students get 150 hours of work with children and ARE NOT lead teacher certified
  • Students do their preschool student teaching with us and will do student teaching in either Kindergarten, First or second grade at the 4 year school
  • Students would enroll in the Department of Education Teacher Licensor program at the 4 year school get a BA in  Liberal Arts and a minor in Education
  • Students must pass the Communication and Literacy portions of the MTEL test before they are admitted into the ECE program at a four year school

Typical Elementary Education Student

  • Career Goal- to teach in the Public School System grades 1-6
  • Students would enroll in the Department of Education Teacher Licensor program at the 4 year school get a BA in  Liberal Arts and a minor in Education
  • Students must pass the Communication and Literacy portions of the MTEL test before they are admitted into the Elementary Education program at a four year school

Certificate Students-  Assistant Teacher, Infant and Toddler, Leadership in Early Education and Care, and School Age

  • Career Goal- to teach in an early education setting as an assistant teacher, infant and toddler teacher or school age provider or an Early Education and Care Director I or II
  • Each certificate is designed to meet current Department of Early Education and Care qualifications