Early Childhood Education PK-3 Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

Do you want to teach young children?

Teachers have a tremendous impact on the lives of their students. A challenging but rewarding career choice, Urbana University provides the ideal environment for you to thrive in your pursuit to become a teacher. At Urbana, you will learn by example from faculty who are, first and foremost, dedicated to student success. By majoring in Early Childhood (PK-3) at Urbana, you will become a teacher who challenges, encourages and inspires.

Here’s what you’ll LEARN:

As an Early Childhood major, you’ll complete your degree requirements as a series four “gateways.” In addition to a liberal arts core for education majors, the gateways contain coursework requirements and assessment criteria specific to the teaching area of specialization. Teacher candidates must successfully complete all courses, benchmark assessments and meet the requirements assigned to a gateway in order to progress to the next gateway. You’ll review the gateway requirements periodically with your advisor at each advising session.

You’ll learn through field experiences – as early as sophomore year – as well as a 16-week student teaching capstone during your senior year.

Throughout the program, you’ll be evaluated by credentialed faculty and teachers in the field to ensure you have the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will enable you to welcome all learners, expect high outcomes and inspire self-confidence and drive in all of your students.

As an Urbana University student, you’ll also benefit from public school partnerships in and around Urbana, which often result in job placements for graduates.

Early Childhood Gateway 1 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Introduction to Education
  • Education in a Diverse Society                   
  • Ohio History                                                      
  • Math for Teachers II      
  • Child Development                                        
  • Intro to Students-Mild/Moderate Needs
  • Early Childhood Gateway 1 (Major Area Courses Only)

Early Childhood Gateway 2 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Play & Movement          
  • Teaching Phonics
  • ECE Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
  • Emergent Reading & Writing      
  • Children’s Literature
  • Cognition, Learning & Intelligence

Early Childhood Gateway 3 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Technology in Education
  • Principles of Reading
  • Research, Data, & Measurement
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Group & Family Guidance
  • Diagnostic Reading & Remediation          
  • ECE Language Arts Methods
  • ECE Science Methods    
  • ECE Social Studies Methods
  • ECE Mathematics Methods

Early Childhood Gateway 4 (Major Area Courses Only)

  • Technology in Education
  • Principles of Reading                     
  • Research, Data, & Measurement
  • Differentiating Instruction                          
  • Group & Family Guidance
  • Diagnostic Reading & Remediation
  • ECE Language Arts Methods      
  • ECE Science Methods    
  • ECE Social Studies Methods                        
  • ECE Mathematics Methods

Program Outcomes

  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.
  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between  assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt  effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.
  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe and inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with exceptionalities.
  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of oral language development, factors (including cultural and community) that affect the development of reading and writing skills, and the foundations of literacy development in children from birth to age 8.
  6. Applies knowledge of approaches for integrating literacy with all other areas of the curriculum and with music, movement, technology, and visual arts activities.

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