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Trinity focuses on Early Childhood Education

 
 

by guest blogger Associate Dean Lynn Johnson

DO YOU LOVE WORKING WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND WANT TO SEE THEM GET A GREAT START IN THEIR EDUCATION? 

TURN TO TRINITY!

Trinity is rolling out an array of Early Childhood Education degrees, designed to meet various career goals, but all focused on the importance of preschool programs.  Early Childhood Education is typically defined as the period of pre-kindergarten to grade 3.

Beginning in fall 2014, and offered in the historic women’s College of Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education will be offered, during the day.  This program will include a variety of classroom experiences and observations, followed by a 420-hour student teaching requirement.  The program prepares graduates for DC certification in Early Childhood.

At THEARC in Southeast DC, an Associate of Arts degree in General Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education is available to students in the School of Professional Studies.  This co-educational program, offered in the evening and on weekends, provides a first step into the Early Childhood classroom.

Also through the School of Professional Studies, a new Associate degree in Early Childhood Education is now availableThis is also a coeducational program with classes that meet in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the schedules of busy professionals.

The School of Professional Studies is also offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education.  This degree has the same requirements as that offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, but will be offered to a co-educational population in the evening and on  weekends.  The program prepares graduates for DC certification in Early Childhood Education, requires classroom experiences and observations, and culminates in a 420-hour student teaching requirement.

The School of Education continues to offer its Master of Arts in Teaching degree in Early Childhood Education.  This program is co-educational and offered in the evening.  Students in the program hold a bachelor’s degree and complete their requirements for DC certification in Early Childhood.  This program includes 100 hours of classroom observations and experiences, and ends with a 420-hour student teaching requirement.

An additional program in the School of Education will be available to those who are interested in  administration of Early Childhood centers and schools.  The program will be an alternative track within the Master of Science in Administration program, Educational Administration.  This innovative program, new to the DC area, will provide a specific focus for those who want to lead in pre-school and early childhood education centers.  The co-educational program will be offered in an executive format, meeting one weekend per month for 24 months.  A 240-hour internship begins in the first semester of the program and continues through Fall and Spring semesters.

Leadership:  All of these programs will be under the direction of Bweikia Steen, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the School of Education.  Dr. Steen holds a Masters in Elementary Education/Literacy from California State University, Hayward (East Bay) and a Doctor of Education degree in International and Multicultural Education.

ARE YOU ALREADY A TEACHER AND NEED ADDITIONAL CLASSES TO MAINTAIN YOUR CERTIFICATION?

 Trinity’s Office of Continuing Education provides professional development courses needed by teachers in order to maintain their certification.  Courses are conveniently scheduled on weekends during the Fall and Spring semesters and during an intensive week-long schedule during the Summer.

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