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    Education, Early Childhood PreK-4 

    This certification area is perfect for those looking to teach young children, preparing them for a childhood of learning and play. Graduates with an Early Childhood Pre K-4 certification are ideally prepared to make a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families.

    Students in this certification area will be able to:

    • Appropriately demonstrate knowledge of Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and Academic Standards for Early Childhood though fourth grade 
    • Apply concepts and theories of child development to provide a curriculum that is based on age appropriate understanding 
    • Assess student learning and align instruction to meet the student’s individual and family needs 
    • Establish effective classroom routines and procedures and appropriately establish and maintain rapport with students 
    • Use instructional goals to show a recognizable sequence and clear expectations for students in the Early Childhood classroom 
    • Engage students in learning by implementing appropriate developmental practices based on research and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards and Academic Standards 
    • Acquire knowledge of school and district procedures for growth and professional development 
    • Abide by the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

    Requirements for Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education PreK-4

    All candidates for a B.S. in Early Childhood must meet the following general studies requirements:

    HI 106 & 107 Topics in US History*- 6 credits
    EL 130 Children’s Literature and Media* - 3 credits
    AR 100 Art and Music of Western Culture* - 3 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
    EL 208 Pedagogy of Composition* - 3 credits
    MA 104 Elementary Functions* - 3 credits
    Life Science Biology with lab* - 4 credits
    Earth/Space Science with lab – 4 credit

    Required Studies in Psychology (21 credits)
    PY 115 Educational Psychology* - 3 credits
    PY 201 Applied Statistics and Research - 3 credits
    PY 212 Child Development - 3 credits
    PY 251 Family Systems - 3 credits
    PY 290 Psychology and Education for Exceptional Students - 3 credits
    PY 308 Cognitive Psychology - 3 credits
    PY 381 Educational Testing – 3 credits

    Required Studies in Mathematics
    (3 additional credits than general studies)
    MA 102 Mathematics for Teachers - 3 credits

    Required Studies in Education (51 credits Early Childhood)
    ED 100 Educational Foundations - 3 credits*
    ED 101 or 207 Field Experience -1 credit
    ED 109 Physical and Cultural Geography - 3 credits
    ED 122 Curriculum, Projects, and Play for the Developing Child - 2 credits
    ED 205 Strategies and techniques of Instruction - 2 credits
    ED 206 Field Experience II: Strategies and Techniques of Instruction - 1 credit
    ED 208 Classroom Partnerships and Inclusion - 3 credits
    ED 230 Social Studies for Early and Special Learners - 2 credits
    ED 242 Numerical and Manipulative Math for Early and Special Learners - 2 credits
    ED 244 Science and the Environment for Early and Special Learners - 2 credits
    ED 250 Reading and Writing for Early and Special Learners - 2 credits
    ED 308 Performance and Visual Arts for Early and Special Learners - 2 credits
    ED 317 Program Development for Infants and Toddlers - 3 credits
    ED 318 Field Experience III: Early Childhood Instruction and Theory - 3 credits
    ED 320 Composition and Language Arts for Upper Elementary - 2 credits
    ED 325 Physical Health and Wellness for Early Educators - 3 credits
    ED 330 Early Childhood Leadership and Community Advocacy - 3 credits
    ED 390 Teaching of Nonnative Speaking and Culturally Diverse Students - 3 credits
    ED 400 Field Experience IV: Pre-Student Teaching - 2 credits
    ED 410 Field Experience V: Student Teaching Internship - 9 credits