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What is the P-3 Teacher Certification with Early Childhood Education Major?
Students who graduate from our program are eligible for P-3 (PreK-third grade) teacher licensure in the state of Washington and will have gained the expertise and experience necessary for working with children ages 3 - 8 and their families. Completion of the P-3 program will prepare students to work in Head Start, ECEAP, public and private preschools, kindergarten, and up to third grade in the public school. The P-3 Early Childhood Education Program is designed to enhance the skills and knowledge base of future early childhood educators through an applied, field-based format. Our program foundation is based on principles of developmentally appropriate practice, and universal design for learning. Coursework is aligned with Washington State Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals, the ECE Endorsement Competencies for the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children Standards for Early Childhood Preparation Programs.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
The link between high-quality early childhood education programs and improved outcomes for children has been well established through decades of research, and has been a springboard for putting the early childhood field in the public spotlight. The open positions for P-3 teachers are only increasing. Washington's Early Learning Plan outlines that by 2018-2019, 70% of ECEAP teachers will be required to have a bachelor's or higher degree in the early childhood field. BY 2020-21, this requirement will pertain to 100% of ECEAP teachers. The Department of Early Learning further states that by 2018-2019 there will be 1,112 Lead Teacher positions needing to be filled, for which an ECE BA degree would be required.
Check out the Video Here on Why Early Learning Matters!
Who do I contact for more information?
For more information regarding the P-3 Early Childhood Education Bachelors degree or the Masters of Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Education please contact:
Dr. Allison Wilson
315B Williamson Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
(509) - 359-7021
What Type of Courses Will I Take?
In the first year students are introduced to the foundations of high-quality early childhood education programs and practice. Coursework covers child development, theory, state and national professional standards, early childhood systems, and evidence-based curriculum. Through a series of methods and field-based applications coursework, students then learn how to provide activities and environments to support the unique intellectual, social, and developmental needs of young children in a preschool or kindergarten classroom. Methods and applications coursework focuses on assessment and curriculum methods that are currently being utilized in the Washington ECE employment field. The second year of coursework uses the same delivery format of combined methods and field-based experience, but with a focus on working with students in the public schools up to third grade.
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