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Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

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Student receives assistance on an assignment while sitting at her desk Our early childhood education program prepares candidates to meet eligibility requirements for teacher licensure in early childhood education (ages 3-8) in the District of Columbia. Once licensed, candidates also may apply for reciprocity in other jurisdictions.

Students complete field-based experiences during their first and second years and a final semester in a school for a full-time student teaching internship. These student teaching internships are in public, charter and private school systems in the Washington metropolitan area, and placements are made by the university.

Our courses provide a core of knowledge, skills and field-based experiences and include performance assessments designed to demonstrate the teacher’s ability to impact student learning.

Students who are not interested in pursuing licensure as an early childhood teacher can complete a B.A. in Early Childhood Community Education.

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Featured Courses

EDCC 220 Foundations of Education EDCC 330 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth EDTE 421 Emergent Literacy EDTE 430 Theory and Practice of Oral Language and Literacy in Early Learning EDTE 434 Early Learning and Family, Culture, and Community EDTE 436 Theory and Practice of Early Learning in Math & Science

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Career Paths

  • Pre-School Teacher
  • Daycare Teacher
  • Childcare Provider

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The program is state approved and nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.). Course syllabi and classroom activities reflect the standards of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (I.N.T.A.S.C.).

The School of Professional Studies offers the undergraduate degree in early childhood education in partnership with the School of Education.

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