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Early Childhood


Pre-K-Grade 4 (Early Childhood)

The Pre-K–4 (Early Childhood) Education Program provides candidates with multiple opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to become effective decision makers in a multicultural society. In a sequential format, early childhood candidates are inducted into the education core, proceed with a series of pre-methods courses, and engage in a sequence of field experiences that begin in the first semester of the program.


General Education
The early childhood major should fulfill the general education requirements of the university.


Professional Competencies
General education courses may be used to meet the following content competencies required for certification in Pennsylvania: literature and language, mathematics, and English.


Professional Education Courses
The following courses are required of all Pre-K–4 (Early Childhood) education majors:

Pre-K–4 ECH Core (18 credits):
ED 121; ECH 231, 235, 236, 245, 260.

Special Education Core (9 credits):
SPED 418, 442, 443.

Pre-K-K Block (18 credits):
Must be taken concurrently. ECH 301, 310, 322, 323, 325, 413.

Grades 1-4 Block (15 credits):
Must be taken concurrently. ECH 414, 415, 416, 418; ED 417.

Student Teaching (12 credits):
ECH 424, 425.