Early Childhood Education

A Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education prepares you to teach children from pre-kindergarten through third grade. Teaching skills are refined through in-class modeling and field experiences that help you practice methodology and reflective decision making. Our program not only consists of formal training in education methods, theory and pedagogy, but also assists students in understanding that theory and practical application complement one another. Graduates are considered Highly Qualified (HQ) by the Alabama State Department of Education.

 

A major in Early Childhood Education requires, in addition to the general preparation sequence from liberal arts, 63 hours in teacher education, and nine semester hours in student teaching.

 

You may take two additional courses and receive degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. This combination enables you to be certified to teach age three through grade six.

Admission Requirements
Undergraduate Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education
  • Formal written application; and ALSDE code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)1.
  • fingerprint clearance (this is required in TE 201) from the ABI and FBI through an
    approved Alabama State Department of Education provider ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(i)
  • Focus2 and Strengths Results (contact Mrs. Brenda Davis bdavis@umobile.edu if you need your password to log in or to complete either of these assessments)
  • an impromptu written essay; and (required in TE 305 or TE 306)
  • a completed interview ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(vi);
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in the program, in professional studies,
    and in teaching field; also a minimum overall transcript GPA of2.75 is required (with a grade of”C” or higher in all Professional Studies (TE) Classes AND Teaching Field Classes) Data will be gathered to ensure each accepted cohort of Class B programs meet or exceeds the minimum 3.0 GPA. ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.02(b)J,, 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2.(iv)
  • a passing score in all areas (Math, Reading, and Writing) on the appropriate Praxis I
    CORE Basic Skills Test (required in TE 201) as approved by the state of Alabama. You may register for this test at https://www.ets.org/portal/site/iserpraxis/menuitem.lb7tobe6 788d6 l 8e6c4l265a7beb1509

    • ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2,(ii)
  • Physical Education Majors ONLY -1st Fitness Assessment must be completed before Admission to Teacher Education (Schedule a time with your advisor)
  • For Early Childhood OR Elementary Majors ONLY, a passing score on the PRAXIS (Content) II; [see page with Praxis Test Codes); (Required in TE 305 or before)
  • Proof of experiences in the schools; and ALSDE Code 290-3-3-.04(3)(a)2.(vii)
Professional Studies Courses
COURSE CODE COURSE NAME CREDIT HOURS
TE 201 Foundations of Education 3
TE 301 Human Growth and Development 3
TE 304 Introduction to Exceptional Children and Youth 3
TE 305 Principles and Ethics of Teaching in the Elementary School (TE 201) 3
TE 405 Education and Technology (TE 305) 3
TE 412 Classroom Management (TE 305) 3
TE 421 Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (TE 305) 3
TE 422 Educational Psychology (TE 305) 3
TE 423 Student Teaching and Seminar 9
TE 433 edTPA Professional Development Seminar (Co-req. TE 423) 3
Total: 36
Teaching Field Courses
TE 308 Integrating Arts in ECE & Elem (TE 305) 3
TE 309 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (TE 305) 3
TE 311 Methods of Teaching Language Arts (TE 305) 3
TE 312 Methods of Teaching Mathematics (TE 305) 3
TE 322 The Inclusive Classroom (TE 304, 305) 3
TE 400 Methods of Teaching Science  (TE 305) 3
TE 406 Early Childhood Curriculum (Co-req. TE 410) 3
TE 410 Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education (Co-req. TE 406) 3
TE 411 Methods of Teaching Reading (TE 305) 3
TE 413 Literacy and the Young Child (TE 305) 3
TE 419 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading (TE 305 & 411 or TE 413) 3
KIN 221 School Health 3
Total: 36
Total Major Credit Hours 72
Dual Major in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
Course Code Course Name Credit Hours
TE 308 Creativity Across the Curriculum (TE 305) 3
TE 309 Methods of Teaching Social Studies (TE 305) 3
TE 311 Methods of Teaching Language Arts (TE 305) 3
TE 312 Methods of Teaching Mathematics (TE 305) 3
TE 322 The Inclusive Classroom (TE 304, 305) 3
TE 400 Methods of Teaching Science  (TE 305) 3
TE 406 Early Childhood Curriculum (TE 305) 3
TE 410 Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Education (TE 305) 3
TE 411 Methods of Teaching Reading (TE 305) 3
TE 413 Literacy and the Young Child (TE 305) 3
TE 419 Diagnostic and Corrective Reading (TE 305 & 411 or TE 413) 3
KIN 221 School Health 3
TE Advisor approved elective 3
Total: 39
Total Major Credit Hours 75
Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Carolyn D. Corliss
Dean, Professor of Education and Certification Officer
Dr. Katherine Reeves
Associate Dean, Assistant Professor of Education
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Dr. Ashley Milner
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Cynthia Erickson
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Brenda Chastain
Assistant Professor in Education
Dr. Karen Dennis
Assistant Professor of Education
Mrs. Karon Bishop
Instructor in Education