Early Childhood Development and Education

Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Bachelor's Degree Program

Education: Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3), B.S.

Early Childhood Development and Education majors take a variety of courses related to young children and their learning, development, and family environment. Students in the Education: Pre-Kindergarten-Primary (Pre-K-3rd) Track are working toward teacher certification in Pre-Kindergarten-Primary (PK-3) with ESOL Endorsement and Reading Endorsement. Students in this track take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to teach in the schools and to demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP). Early and continuous field experiences are provided to enhance the students in this track with an integration of theory and practice in school settings. Throughout the program, students document and reflect upon their accomplishments in a Professional Portfolio, which is continuously reviewed by faculty. This degree culminates in a semester-long internship.

Early Childhood Development, B.S.

Early Childhood Development majors take a variety of courses related to young children and their learning, development, and family environment. Students take a series of core and specialization courses to prepare them to work with children, parents, and families in a variety of settings. Throughout the program, students document and reflect upon their accomplishments in a Professional Portfolio, which is continuously reviewed by faculty. This degree culminates in a semester-long practicum.

Minor

Early Childhood Development and Education, Undergraduate Minor

The Early Childhood Development and Education minor is intended to provide a limited, but substantive experience in the fields of development and early childhood education. The minor is intended for University students enrolled outside the Early Childhood Development and Education major and does not lead to teacher certification or admission to the College of Education and Human Performance. The minor is appropriate for students who are seeking an enhanced understanding of education and development or are considering a career working with young children in the fields of early childhood education, social work, psychology, or health services. This minor will strengthen the marketability of the student’s major program. This minor is available for students in the 2003 catalog year and beyond.