Early Childhood Education (B-K)
Identify best practices for engaging young children of all abilities in creative, dynamic play that fosters cognitive and language development. Learn to consider families and the environments in which your students live as integral to lesson planning. Gain experience developing an advocacy agenda around young children and their families.
The program of study begins with courses on early childhood development, math and science knowledge of the early childhood educator, and educational research. Teacher candidates are involved in several internship experiences in community and school settings, where they make connections with coursework on assessment and evidence-based practices in early childhood. As the program progresses, candidates gain deep content knowledge in language and literacy development, family-team partnerships, emotional and social development, and early intervention. A full semester is dedicated to student teaching in an early childhood setting.
Graduates of the program will be eligible to receive birth-through-kindergarten licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This license qualifies graduates to teach in preschools, kindergarten classrooms, day care centers, and NC Prekindergarten Program (NCPK) classrooms. The early childhood education program prepares students for employment in Head Start or Early Head Start programs as well as for professions in organizations such as Children’s Developmental Services agencies. Additional professional career paths include child care center director, early childhood special education teacher, educational consultant, lobbyist/advocate for young children, or children’s museum project coordinator.