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 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. 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. Each course in the program is tied to either fieldwork or student teaching, generating rich and authentic reflections upon theory and practice.


  • Honors Societies: Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Lambda Theta
  • Departmental Honors:  Senior Honors Seminar for students with at least a 3.5 GPA, cumulative and major, culminating in an honors thesis based on faculty-supervised independent research

See departmental honors for additional honors information.


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