The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed for individuals interested in developing the skills necessary to effectively engage, educate, and empower diverse learners in a variety of urban education settings both in the public and private sectors. Students learn from experienced faculty members who prepare them to be transformative educators of early childhood-aged children. In this program, you will:
- Practice assessing children’s knowledge, planning instruction, and teaching in real classrooms
- Progress from working with individual children to teaching small groups to managing the entire class
- Learn to address issues of equity and other barriers to education in urban communities
- Practice culturally relevant and inclusive teaching
Completion of this program prepares teacher candidates to teach infant/toddler preschool programs and grades K-3 with an emphasis on child development, family-centered practices, English language learners, and special education. Graduates are also prepared to be P/K-3 teachers in inclusive classrooms with diverse learners in urban contexts. A grade of C or higher in each professional education course is required for retention, student teaching, and graduation.
Students progress through the program as members of a learning cohort that remain together for the duration of the two-year professional education portion of the program. In consideration of the full spectrum of early childhood and the professional aspirations of students, there are two options for program completion: Four- Year (Traditional) Pathway and Two-Year Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP).
- With Four- Year (Traditional) Pathway, students typically begin their university coursework at IUPUI, matriculate through the Pre-Block classes, and then apply to the Teacher Education Program. Some Four-Year students may transfer in some courses but complete most of the four-year program at IUPUI. Students should contact an advisor in the School of Education to discuss these options.
- With the Two- Year (TSAP) Pathway, the first two years of university coursework is completed at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University culminating in an Associate of Science in Education. Students then complete their professional education coursework at IUPUI. Students should contact an advisor in the School of Education to discuss these options.
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