B.A. Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education is a specifically designed program of study that meets educational requirements for South Carolina licensure in grades PreK-3. Students pursuing this program of study become involved in a broad range of learning experiences. Study in the core areas of English, math, science and social studies, as well as art, music and physical education, prepares students for what they will be expected to teach in the public schools. These studies, along with instruction in child growth and development, teaching methodology, curriculum and relevant off-campus clinical experiences, offer students a program rich in opportunities and professional growth.
Admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education
All students enter the program as pre-majors. Candidates may complete a formal application for admission to the professional program in teacher education (PPTE) when they have completed at least 60 hours of college level coursework and have met the following requirements:
- Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA;
- Earn a "C" or better in ENGL 101, ENGL 102 or 211, EDUC 111, EDUC 276, ENGL 205, 287 or 288, MATH 201 & 202, HIST 201 or POLI 201, HIST 202, GEOG 121, 8 hours of sciences;
- Pass all three areas of Praxis I or meet the exemption policy;
- Successfully clear a criminal background composite disciplinary action disclosure statement;
- Complete a Professional Behavior and Dispositions Self-Evaluation (submitted in LiveText).
(Candidates are reviewed for acceptance into the Professional Program in Teacher Education by the Portal I Faculty Committee.)
Beyond the Classroom
Early Childhood Education majors take courses like: Child Development: The Young Child, Integrated Math/Science/Social Studies I, Early Childhood Programs & Curriculum, Strategies for Teaching & Learning with Literature, and Guiding Young Children's Behavior & Classroom Management. (See the College of Education Website for a complete list of required courses.)
Nancy Ratcliff, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Literacy Education
Prince Building 119N
Administrative Specialist - Foundations, Curriculum & Instruction
Prince Building 111