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Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3

Post-Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

I want a planned schedule...

For a full time applicant interested in a pre-determined schedule for program completion, you may want to consider the following start dates.

August 2014 October 2014

I need flexibility...

You may want to choose a program where you can build your own timeline. Students in the Early Childhood Education program are preparing to teach children from birth through third grade. This program requires 47 credits including in-person field experiences in many of the courses, an internship at the preschool level AND a 9-week (45 instructional days) student teaching experience in a K-3 classroom. Students must verify content proficiency through the passage of a state-approved content exam (AEPA/NES).
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Level I credits: 23
Level II credits: 16
Level III: Internship (4.5 weeks full-time or 9 weeks part-time) PLUS
Student Teaching Credits (In-Person full-time nine-week experience)
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Required Credits for Early Childhood Education, Birth-3rd Grade Teaching Certificate 47
LEVEL I: Prerequisites:  Teacher Education Program Admission Application and Certification Admission Plan (CAP) forms and Enrollment at Rio Salado required.
Must pass all EDU coursework with a grade of B or better.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU285AA Education Program Seminar None 1
EDU287AA Master Teacher Seminar I None 1
EDU232* Serving K-12 English Language Learners (ELL) 10 hours VIRTUAL 3
EEP224* Childhood Development: Prenatal to Age Eight** 10 Hours Site-Based 3
EEP240 Early Childhood Foundations** 10 Hours Site-Based 3
EEP242 Early Childhood Guidance and Management** 10 Hours Site-based 3
EEP244 Early Childhood Introduction to the Exceptional Young Child** 10 hours Site-based 3
EEP246 Early Childhood Culture, Community, Family and the Child None 3
EEP250 Early Childhood Language and Literacy Development** 10 hours Site-based 3
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
** Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment
(See syllabus for grade level requirements)
LEVEL II: Prerequisites: Completion of Level I and FORMAL ADMISSION to Level II along with passing AEPA/NES Subject Knowledge exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EDU285AC* Education Perspectives None 1
EDU287AC* Master Teacher Seminar III None 1
EDU251* Methods for Teaching Structured English Immersion (SEI) and English as a Second Language (ESL) 20 hours VIRTUAL 3
EEP260* Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Math – Birth to Age Eight** 10 hours Site-based*** 3
EEP262* Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Science – Birth to Age Eight** 10 hours Site-based*** 2
EEP264* Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods of Social Studies – Birth to Age Eight** 3 hours Site-based*** 1
EEP266* Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods in Language Arts – Birth to Age Eight** 3 hours Site-based*** 1
EEP268* Early Childhood Curriculum and Methods in the Arts – Birth to Age Eight None 1
EEP276* Standard, Observation and Assessment of Typical and Atypical Behaviors Birth to Age Eight** 10 hours Site-based*** 3
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
** Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment
*** Indicates that site-based Field Experience MUST be done at the age identified in course title
LEVEL III: STUDENT TEACHING: Prerequisites –completion of all Level I and Level II coursework with grade of B or better and passage of AEPA Early Childhood Education Content Exam.
Course Course Title Field Experience Credits
EEP289* Internship: Early Childhood, Infant, Toddler, Preschool (4.5 weeks FT or 9 weeks PT)** 4.5 - 9 weeks*** 4
EEP288* Student Teaching Lab - Early Childhood** 9 weeks*** 4
* Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites
** Indicates that IVP fingerprint clearance is required prior to enrollment
*** Indicates that site-based Field Experience MUST be done in the content area and grade level for which student is seeking certification
TOTAL CREDITS 47
PROGRAM COMPLETION AND ISSUANCE OF INSTITUTIONAL RECOMMENDATION
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