Early Childhood Pre-K – Third Grade Post Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Overview

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Pre-K-Third Grade prepares professionals who already have baccalaureate degrees to work with young children from birth through eight years in preschool and primary school settings. Successful completion of program requirements leads to an institutional recommendation (IR) for initial teacher certification with an endorsement in Pre-K-Third Grade. Courses at the 400-level and above applied to the certificate may also be applied to M.Ed. programs with advisor approval.

Students who complete the post-baccalaureate certificate will demonstrate advanced integrated knowledge and skills in preparation for careers in teaching primary grades (K-3) as well as in preschool educational programs.

Concentrations

There are two concentrations within the program:

Certification Route I: This concentration is for applicants who have any baccalaureate degree and are seeking their initial teacher certificate. The certificate requires foundations coursework, early childhood major coursework, methodology coursework, and internship.

Certification Route II: This concentration is for applicants who have a baccalaureate degree plus an Associate Degree in Early Childhood or a Baccalaureate in Early Childhood.

Certification Route I (36 credits)

(for applicants with any baccalaureate degree)

Complete the following foundation area course work (6 credits):
Field experience in early childhood programs may be required as part of the courses.

Early Childhood Post Bacc Information Packet

                                                                                                               

EDFN A300

Philosophical and Social Context of American Education  OR

3

EDFN A304

Comparative Education

3

EDFN A212

Human Development and Learning  OR

3

EDFN A600

Contemporary Issues and Approaches in Early Childhood

3

EDFN A242

 Family and Community Partnerships

3

EDFN A407

Observation and Documentation in Early Childhood OR

4

EDFN A607

 Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action

4

 


  Choose two courses (total 6 credits)    


                                                               

EDEC A206

Integrated Curriculum for Young Children

3

EDEC A210

Guiding Young Children

3

EDEC A303

Young Children in Inclusive Settings

3

EDEC A408

Children’s Literature: Early Childhood Years

3

 

    
OR

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

EDEC A608

Analysis of Children’s Literature: Early Childhood Year

(3)

EDEC A604

Responsive Practices in Early Childhood

(3)

EDEC A650

Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood

(3) 6

EDEC A403

Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood

(3)

EDEC A404

Literacy for Young Children

(3)

EDEC A492

Early Childhood Seminar

(1+1)                2

EDEC A495

Early Childhood Internship

(3+6)                9*

 

*Special note: Completion of 9 credits required for degree and certification.

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling 36 credits, must be demonstrated through coursework completed either before or after the award of the student’s first baccalaureate degree. However a minimum of 24 approved credits, including EDEC A495, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.


Certification Route II (24-27 credits): 

(for applicants with any baccalaureate degree plus an Associate Degree in Early Childhood or a Baccalaureate in Early Childhood)

**Internship credits will vary depending on past teaching experience.

Satisfaction of all major requirements, totaling 24-27 credits, must be demonstrated through coursework completed either before or after the award of the student’s first baccalaureate degree. However a minimum of 16 approved credits, including EDEC A495, must be completed after the award of the baccalaureate degree.

 

                                                                                                                                                               

EDEC A407 

Observation and Documentation in Early Childhood -OR

 

EDEC A607

Observation and Documentation: Inquiry in Action  

4

EDEC A408

Children’s Literature: Early Childhood Year- OR

 

EDEC A608

Analysis of Children’s Literature: Early Childhood Year- OR

 

EDEC A604

Responsive Practices in Early Childhood

3

EDEC A650

Leadership and Advocacy in Early Childhood

3

EDEC A403

Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood

3

EDEC A404

Literacy for Young Children

3

EDEC A492

Early Childhood Seminar 

2

EDEC A495

Early Childhood Internship 

9-12**

*Information based on the 2011-2012 catalog, please refer to the current catalog for complete information. 

Admitted students: Course requirements are based upon the catalog in effect at the time of admission and may differ from this list.

Advising

Contact the College of Education Student Services at 907-786-4401

Go to Degree Works to view degree progress 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Early Childhood Internship Handbook
 

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