Baccalaureate programs in Elementary and Early Childhood Education lead to Class B Certification. Elementary Education majors earn certification at the K-6 level and Early Childhood Education majors earn certification at the P-3 level. Students may earn certification in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education by completing an additional six hours (see advisor).
Students who have been admitted to Teacher Education and have completed all professional studies foundation block coursework may begin the two-semester teaching field block coursework. All methods and materials courses offered during the junior/senior level include a mandatory practicum. Practicums are done on Wednesdays (all day) for the duration of the semester while enrolled in the methods and materials courses.
Teaching field block courses are designed to give students experiences with developing ideas that support and emulate real life experiences of working with and teaching young children. Students expand their understanding of child development theory. Practicums allow students to apply classroom knowledge to real classroom life. Students are required to dress professionally while enrolled in teaching field block courses.
In addition to other requirements: (1) students must take and pass Praxis II Test before completing internship and (2) students must take and pass the Senior Exit Examination and apply for certification as part of the graduation requirements. Students earning dual certification in both Elementary and Early Childhood Education must pass the Senior Exit Examination for both areas.