Exploring Courses in Our Early Childhood Education Degree

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Designed to prepare students for a career educating young children, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education can ready you to instruct infants through primary students. This program is offered by the College of Education and provides you with coursework and teaching fundamentals that can put you on a path to become a highly effective teacher. The program’s curriculum is in alignment with national teaching standards and prepares you to pursue your grades K-3 initial licensure. The following are some of the courses you will take while earning an early childhood education degree:

Foundations of Early Childhood

Focusing on the early childhood education field’s fundamental basis, this course looks at current practices, models of teaching, ethics and application in early childhood settings. Also, you explore professional development opportunities and professional preparation requirements for early childhood educators.

Early Literacy Development

This course covers literacy and language development and emphasizes effective instructional strategies. The focus of study in this course includes National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards 1-5.

Child, Family, Community and Culture

In this course, students learn about historical theories, foundations and models of child development for birth to age 5 and age 5 to age 8 populations. Students explore how these areas directly impact multicultural assimilations, diversity and human change.

Student Teaching: Birth to Preschool

This course represents the first of two 8-week sessions in which learners in the program gain teaching experience in the classroom. As a teacher candidate, you will work with a cooperating teacher at an approved school, as well as a student teaching course instructor and university supervisor. As you complete this course, you will perform research and analysis, gain practical classroom experiences and carry out teaching duties.

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