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The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program at Paine College prepares teacher candidates to effectively teach at the kindergarten through sixth grade levels. The ECE program provides students with a sound foundation in theory and current research about instruction, the process of learning and student development, while also providing students with opportunities to test those theories in clinical experiences with mentor teachers in local school districts. The program culminates with a clinical internship that allows the student to grow under the tutelage of experienced educators.

The student learning outcomes for the ECE Program are based on the standards developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The ECE program standards are:
  • PROMOTING CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING - Candidates use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • BUILDING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS - Candidates know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities. They use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families, and to involve all families in their children’s development and learning.
  • OBSERVING, DOCUMENTING AND ASSESSING TO SUPPORT YOUNG CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - Candidates know about and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment. They know about and use systematic observations, documentation, and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • TEACHING AND LEARNING - Candidates integrate their understanding of and relationships with children and families; their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  • CONNECTING WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES - Candidates know, understand, and use positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation for their work with young children.
  • USING DEVELOPMENTALLY EFFECTIVE APPROACHES - Candidates know, understand, and use a wide array of effective approaches, strategies, and tools to positively influence children’s development and learning.
  • UNDERSTANDING CONTENT KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY EDUCATION - Candidates understand the importance of each content area in young children’s learning. They know the essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas including academic subjects and can identify resources to deepen their understanding.

Pre-Student Teaching Courses - 67 hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
ART 325 Art for Teachers F + 2
EDU 220 Foundations of Education F 3
EDU 301 Media Technology - 3
EDU 302 ECE Curriculum and Methods F + 3
EDU 312 Children’s Literature F + 3
EDU 315 ECE Mathematics for Teachers F + 3
EDU 336 Science/Social Studies Content - 3
EDU 339 Classroom Management - 3
EDU 345 Developmental Psychology - 3
EDU 455 Exceptional Children - 3
ENG 205 Teaching of Writing - 3
ERD 305 ECE Teaching of Reading F + 3
ERD 320 Reading Diagnosis F + 3
ERD 322 Reading Presc and Recovery I F + 3
ERD 327 Reading Presc and Recovery II F + 3
GEO 231 World Regional Geography - 3
MAT 300 Fundamentals of Mathematics - 3
MAT 314 Problem Solving - 3
MAT 333 Introduction to Geometry - 3
MAT 340 Number Systems - 3
MUS 324 Music for Elementary Teachers F + 2
PED 324 Health/Phy Ed Meth and Mat F + 3

Student Teaching Courses - 15 Hours

Course # Course Title Req. Credits
EDU 489 Assessment Skills in Education - 3
EDU 490 ECE Directed Teaching & Seminar - 12
EDU 490L ECE Directed Teaching Laboratory - 0

F  - indicates Field Experience required
+ - indicates that the student must pass the Sophomore Proficiency Examination in English (SPEE) before taking the course