The Early Childhood Education Program provides teacher candidates with multiple opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become effective decision makers in a multicultural society. In a sequential format, early childhood teacher candidates are inducted into the early childhood education core with an introduction to the foundations of education along with an introduction to human development and learning.
This knowledge is next supported by study and experiences in multicultural education and microcomputer technology. Subsequently, teacher candidates proceed with a series of pre-methods courses, emphasizing art, music, physical education, reading, mathematics, litearature, and instructional strategies and management.
Additionally, a sequence of field experiences is initiated in the first semester of the early childhood program with the requirements that teacher candidates observe young children and early education program firsthand.