Early Childhood Education Programs Birth-Grade 2
Dori Phalen, Program Director
Harvey Hall, Room 232
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The Early Childhood Education Program is committed to the growth and well-being of children from birth to eight years of age. The program is also dedicated to the professional education and personal development of early childhood education professionals who will use their moral purpose and vision to advocate for children. In guiding young children’s learning and development, early childhood education professionals must sensitively interact with a diversity of populations: the young child, parents, guardians, paraprofessionals, community organizations, and others whose actions affect children. Moreover, they must meet the needs and demands of diverse communities and cultivate intellectually vital, socially just, and aesthetically rich individuals.
The Early Childhood Education Program envisions the teacher as a professional educator who understands the vulnerability of the early years and realizes the impact of these early experiences on later development and learning. The Early Childhood Education Program offers a course of study designed to engage education professionals in collaborative work that is interdisciplinary, and inquiry-based. In-class didactic experiences and activities, field-work placements and student teaching are all planned to increase candidate awareness and sensitivity to the development of children and to provide insight into the physical, social, emotional, cultural, intellectual and creative life of a child. In addition, differences of culture, language, ethnic background, gender and ability among children permeate every aspect of the curriculum. Candidates will cultivate their own practice by engaging in action research and reflective experiences, culminating with the articulation of a personal vision and readiness to become contributors to the advancement of the field.
Candidates enrolled in the Early Childhood Program will compile a portfolio, which will be focused on discovery, insight, understanding, and application of major issues related to the field of early childhood. The portfolio will be developed on an on-going basis, starting the semester of enrollment and finishing at the end of the program.
Early Childhood Education programs are also offered as dual certification programs with Special Education. The plans of study are listed under Early Childhood Special Education Programs:
Requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Early Childhood Education: Pre-Certification
NY State Program Code: 27800
HEGIS Code: 0823.00
CIP State: 13.1210
This track requires a minimum of 35 credits and a maximum of 41 credits. Six credits may be transferred without substitution based on prior coursework (undergraduate or graduate).