This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and work toward a bachelor's degree in order to teach pre-kindergarten through third grade. Students should familiarize themselves with the program requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer. In order to graduate, students must obtain a grade point average of 2.75 or better and receive a grade of “C” or better in all required courses. They must also obtain Praxis Core individual scores of 156 in reading, 162 in writing and 150 in mathematics. Praxis Core can be waived by earning a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better after all program requirements have been fulfilled or by earning minimum scores in one of the following standardized tests: SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) combined reading and mathematics score of 1,180; ACT (American College Testing) composite score of 24; or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) combined verbal and quantitative score of 297.
Identify and describe the principles of early childhood development and learning, through research, study and observation of children of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and exceptionalities;
Identify a variety of developmentally-appropriate learning strategies and curriculum models that demonstrate different approaches to early childhood pedagogy and accommodate children of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and exceptionalities; and
Create curriculum using a variety of instructional strategies that create meaningful and challenging learning experiences and alternative models and methodologies.