Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education (BS)

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Program Description

This dual-certification BS program in Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education is designed to prepare teachers in both early childhood (birth through 2nd grade) and early childhood special education settings. The pedagogical core introduces students to an integrated curriculum and emphasizes the theories of teaching and learning, educational formation, and linguistic and developmental diversity in early childhood. The curriculum helps prospective teachers develop as decision-makers and reflective practitioners who are committed to working in urban schools and to using the city as a core resource for their learning. Prospective teachers are immersed in thoughtful discussions and interactions around the critical contemporary issues in education, especially those of developmental, linguistic, cultural, and racial diversity and educational equity. Each course in the program is tied to either fieldwork or student teaching, generating rich and authentic reflections upon theory and practice.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may teach children in early childhood schools and settings; teach or direct after-school or non-profit educational spaces; educate teachers and conduct research in schools and universities; and direct curriculum development and educational programs in schools, colleges, and universities. In non-school settings, graduates write, edit, and publish educational materials for children and work in children’s television and media, work with educational non-profit organizations, policy groups or centers, and governmental organizations focused on children and families.


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