Teacher Education / Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) B.S.Ed.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education (EDEC) program provides students with a supportive yet rigorous environment, in which they develop the perspectives, knowledge, and skills, necessary to work effectively with families, co-professionals, and children from birth to grade 3, in a variety of classroom and community based settings.
The program involves substantial field-based experiences and makes significant use of the UVM Campus Children's School and diverse community-based practicum sites. Graduates of the program, who successfully complete all requirements, are eligible for initial teacher licensure and an endorsement to work with children Birth - Grade 3. Coursework is designed to promote students' abilities to:
- Promote children’s learning and development within natural environments and/or inclusive settings;
- Recognize and respect the diversity of family structures, preferences, and participation levels;
- Offer instructional practices that are guided by and sensitive to the family and child, supported by meaningful assessment information, and linked to developmentally and/or individually appropriate curricula;
- Foster collaborative relationships with family members, peers of the same discipline, and individuals across disciplines.
EDEC students complete both a sequence of professional courses related to early childhood as well as a content concentration focusing on the disciplines of English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.
The EDEC Professional Preparation sequence begins with a series of course work that build the foundation and skills for any educator working with young children and/or their families. EDEC 001 provides an introduction to the field of inclusive early childhood education as well as considerable opportunity to practice techniques for observing young children’s development. Observational skills are an essential component of the EDEC program since an awareness of children’s interests and unique styles of learning form the basis for the development and provision of meaningful educational experiences for young children. HDFS 060 examines the context of development and in so doing establishes the foundation for recognizing that development is an interdependent and intertwined process. ECSP 105 explores individualized practices for diverse learners in inclusive early childhood settings. During EDEC 122, students explore multiple models of early education, cultural/linguistic diversity, and family-centered practices. EDEC 063 serves to introduce students to the basic principles and research findings in the discipline of child development and how this knowledge can form the basis for educational practice.
Next students fulfill their first practicum. EDEC 101and EDEC 103 focus on content and methods in working with infants and toddlers from a social-constructivist perspective. EDEC 103 provides students with a practicum experience at the Campus Children's School and/or other diverse community based settings with infants and toddlers. EDEC 139 and EDEC 140 focus on content and methods in working with pre-school aged children from a social-constructivist perspective. EDEC 139 provides students with a practicum experience at the Campus Children's School and/or other diverse community based settings with preschool-aged children. Over the course of these practica, students, under the supervision and mentorship of classroom teachers, gradually assume more responsibility for all aspects of the curriculum and environment, as well as contact with families. The "K - 3 block" consists of EDEC 156, EDEC 181, EDEC 182, and EDEC 179. Through this integrated, hands-on learning experience, students pursue coursework in kingergarten - grade 3 content and methods and complete an interdisciplinary practicum in a K-3 classroom in a community public school context.
The EDEC Professional Preparation sequence is completed with EDEC 187, a full-time student teaching experience working with children Birth - Grade 3, based upon student career goals. EDEC 188 is a seminar that accompanies and provides students further support as they complete their student teaching experience and portfolio.
The course of study consists of a minimum of 120 credits.
|University General Education Requirements|
D1 - Race and Racism in the U.S. (EDTE 056)
D2 - The Diversity of Human Experience (EDSP 005)
|Writing and Information Literacy||3|
Any course with "SU" designation
Any course with "QR" designation
|CESS General Education Requirements|
|Arts and Letters||3|
A course beginning with the subject prefix: ARTH, ARTS, ASL 001, CLAS, FOREIGN LANG., HST, Literature, MU, PHIL, REL, or THE
|QR: Elementary School Math|
|QR:Fund Cncpts Elm School Math|
Any math above MATH 015, or STAT
|Physical and Biological Sciences - a course beginning with a subject prefix:||3|
|HST 011||US History to 1865||3|
|or HST 012||US History since 1865|
|POLS 021||American Political System||3|
|EDEC 001||Intro Early Care & Education||4|
|EDSP 005||D2:Iss Aff Persons W/Disabil||3|
|HDFS 060||Family Context of Development||3|
|EDTE 056||D1:Lang Policy Issues,Race&Sch||3|
|ECSP 105||Individlzd Prac for Inclusion||3|
|EDEC 122||Culturally Responsive Educatn||3|
|EDEC 063||Child Development||3|
|Praxis Core Requirement 1|
|EDEC 101||Inclusive Pedagogy in ECE||3|
|EDEC 103||Early Childhood Practicum||4|
|EDEC 139||Collaborative Internship, ECE||4|
|EDEC 140||Curriculum Development in ECE||3|
|EDEC 156||K-3 STEM: Math for Meaning||3|
|EDEC 181||K-3 Inquiry||3|
|EDEC 182||K-3 Literacy||3|
|EDEC 179||K-3 Interdisciplinry Practicum||6|
|EDEC 187||Early Childhood Studnt Teachng||12|
|EDEC 188||Student Teaching Seminar||3|
|Students must complete 9 credits in each of the following requirements: 2|
|English Language Arts - courses beginning with the subject prefixes:||9|
ASL, CSD, ENGS, LING, or WLIT
|Social Studies - courses beginning with the subject prefixes:||9|
ANTH, EC, GEOG, HST, POLS, or SOC
|Science - courses beginning with the subject prefixes:||9|
|Students must complete 3 credits of Teaching for Diversity coursework||3|
The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators exam (or equivalent) must be completed for a student to progress into the courses below.
These courses often double-dip with general education requirements