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Teacher Certification (PreK-3) Option

120 credits

Early Childhood Studies majors who plan to teach in a public school primary grade classroom should select the Teacher Certification PreK-3 Option. In this option, courses focus more specifically on children in the age range from five to eight and on the primary classroom setting. The content and pedagogical knowledge needed to teach in the primary grades is introduced in the early childhood core courses and the general education courses and further developed in the teacher certification option courses. Early Childhood teacher candidates will develop a repertoire of culturally responsive teaching strategies to foster primary grade students’ understanding of reading, writing, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, technology, and the arts. The Teacher Certification PreK-3 Option provides extensive field experiences in area public schools, culminating in a full-time student teaching experience in the final semester. Students benefit from our Professional Development School partnership, which provides rich internship experiences under the mentorship of public school teachers and university faculty.

This teacher education program is certified at both the state and national level by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Graduates who complete this Teacher Certification Option are eligible for Birth-Grade 3 teacher certification in the state of New Hampshire. Because of New Hampshire’s membership in the Interstate Certification Contract, Plymouth graduates are eligible to earn a certificate or license in another Contract state upon application to that state’s department of education. Receiving states may have a difference in elementary grade range and may impose certain special requirements that must be met within a reasonable period of time. For further information, please see the Teacher Education and Clinical Experiences section. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 is required for admission into Teacher Education candidacy; candidates are required to have a 2.70 grade point average to student teach. All full-time or part-time matriculated candidates in this Option are expected to make satisfactory academic progress toward their academic goals.

In order for Early Childhood Studies majors to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as early childhood professionals, students must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. Early Childhood Studies majors should plan for and be able to provide their own transportation by the junior year.


Degree Requirements

Credits

Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
ER 2000 Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession (WRCO) 3
ER 2200 The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education 3
ER 2300 Young Children's Learning and Development in Context 3
ER 2800 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction 6
ER 3200 Assessment in Early Childhood (QRCO) 3
ER 3300 Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education (DICO) (WRCO) 3
ER 3700 Learning and Teaching in the Primary Grades 3
ER 4200 Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Early Childhood (INCO) 3
ER 4250 Inquiry, Integration, and Problem Solving in the Primary Grades (TECO) 4
ER 4290 Primary Grade Practicum 6
ER 4410 K-3 Student Teaching in an Inclusive Classroom 12
ER 4500 K-3 Student Teaching Seminar 3
ERSE 2500 Supporting Young Children with Exceptional Learning Needs 3
ERSE 3500 Special Education in the Primary Grades 3
CD 2540 Integrated Arts 3
MA 2110 Mathematics in Our World I (MATH) 4
MA 3010 Mathematics in Our World II (QRCO) 4
RL 2500 Language and Literacy Development in Young Children 3
RL 3500 Reading, Writing, and Language Arts in the Primary Grades 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 9-7

Acceptance into the Teacher Certification Option requires acceptance into teacher certification candidacy (which includes passing the Praxis I exam). Student Teaching requires a minimum grade of C in ER 4250 and ER 4290 and a minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average.

*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.