Early Childhood Education

Pre-school to 3rd Grade

Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

The Early Childhood Education Program prepares candidates for teaching in Pre-school to 3rd grade settings. There are two pathways to initial teacher certification in this program.

  1. The Bachelor of Science degree is for undergraduate students who are seeking a bachelor’s degree along with a Louisiana teaching certificate.
  2. The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree is an option for those students who have already received a bachelor’s degree (or other advanced degree) and wish to pursue a teaching certification. These degree candidates receive a Master’s degree and a teaching certificate at the same time.

Student Learning Outcomes
B.S. in Early Childhood Education

  1. Content knowledge by passing Praxis 0020 and 0014 prior to completion of student teaching.
  2. Appropriate dispositions for teaching by scoring at "satisfactory" or above on the dispositions rubric
  3. Appropriate instructional performance (ability to design, implement and evaluate effective curriculum and instruction) by scoring "acceptable" or better on the Teacher Work Sample.

Degree Requirements

In the bachelor’s program, candidates are required to take 120 hours, including content courses in English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and the Arts as well as the focus on courses in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education.

Degree Requirements

Field Experience

The early childhood education program represents a performance-based model of personnel preparation, which includes a number of field experiences associated with the attendant coursework. These experiences culminate in the clinical experience, which occurs during the last semester of the program. Information on the field experience requirements of each course may be found in each course's syllabus.

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Candidate Assessment Information

The program in Early Childhood Education program includes both unit-wide assessments and unique assessments aligned with program standards and created specifically for the program.

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