early Childhood Education
Prepare to shape future generations and become one of the most important caregivers in the life of a child. Complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. Through this degree, you will be prepared to be licensed to teach children from birth to age 8. Early childhood educators guide children through the beginning of their path to becoming lifelong learners through play, authentic learning experiences, and social encounters with peers and adults alike. If you've always dreamed of working with young children, a degree in Early Childhood Education may be for you!
UW-Parkside offers coursework leading to a license in Early Childhood Education (birth-age 8) through a 2+2 articulation agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System. Future teachers seeking an Early Childhood license must complete an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education at a WTCS school before moving to Parkside to complete the Bachelors degree. An Early Childhood Education license enables future teachers to teach young children from birth through age 8. UW-Parkside students in this program will develop a knowledge base in early childhood methods in literacy, math, science, and social studies, participate in co-teaching clinical placements at various developmental levels, conduct action research, become familiar with a variety of educational technology, and gain firsthand teaching experience in early childhood classrooms. This program maintains separate GPA and admission requirements and requires a background check. This program culminates in a semester-long, full-time, school-based Residency experience.
From your very first clinical experience, you will be part of the co-teaching model. You are paired with a professional teacher from your very first education course through your final experience as a student teacher. Parkside has strong partnerships with area schools who open their doors so that you can experience first-hand what it is like to be a teacher in the real world. There is no other education program in the state with this unique opportunity for learning.
Coursework in this program can lead to a license in Early Childhood Education. Teachers with an early childhood license are qualified to work as classroom teachers for children from birth to age 8. Additional employment opportunities can include day care teacher or director, Head Start teacher, or home-based care provider. Further education at the graduate level can lead to such careers as school principal, counselor, educational specialist, or instructional program coordinator.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do the clinical hours work?
Teacher candidates (you) work alongside a professional educator (a teacher) to support student learning at area schools. Depending upon your major, you will serve clinical hours at different developmental or grade levels. Initial EDU courses for all majors require 20 clinical hours per course, which comes out to about two hours a week that you’ll be spending time in a classroom.
How will I fit clinical hours into my semester schedule?
By learning and utilizing time management skills, you will be able to work these hours into your semester schedule. On average, 20 hours a semester works out to be about two hours per week in the classroom; upper level classes have more required clinical hours, which equates to more hours per week in the classroom. This doesn’t include your travel time to and from your clinical placement. We recommend keeping one or two mornings a week open so you have this time to go to your school placement to help you complete the required clinical hours. The teacher edcuation advisor is available to work with you to learn time management skills.
What if I don’t end up liking teaching?
Don’t worry! Exploring is very important to help you learn what you like or dislike about any degree program. EDU 100 is a good class to introduce you to the teaching profession. If you decide that teaching isn’t for you, you can work with the teacher education advisor to change your major or continue exploring your options.
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