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Bachelor of Science - Early Childhood and Special Education

The Early Childhood/Special Education Program is organized to provide prospective teachers with essential competencies needed to effectively meet the intellectual, emotional, and social needs of young children. The goal of the program is to prepare prospective teachers with the methodology, knowledge, and diagnostic skills imperative to meeting the diverse needs of typical and atypical primary aged students. The Early Childhood/Special Education Program views learning from a cognitive behavioral developmental perspective and universal design theory. Particular emphasis is placed on determining what the child already knows, while acknowledging the fact that many children will not have had experiences commensurate with their peers. The program prepares prospective teachers to build on the child's strengths, background knowledge, and experiences. From this perspective, the child is conceptualized as an active learner who functions within a broader ecological context that includes the family, the community, and a culturally and linguistically pluralistic society. Upon graduation, early childhood/special education majors qualify for dual certification by the State of Maryland. Students pursuing a degree in Early Childhood/Special Education must complete 126 semester hours of course work.

CORE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (65 semester hours)

  • EDUC 101 Introduction to Education 3
  • EDUC 201 Human Growth and Development 3
  • EDUC 242 Literature for Children 3
  • EDUC 320 Instructional Technology for the Classroom 1
  • EDUC 314 Assessment for Reading Instruction 3
  • EDUC 315 Processes and Reading Acquisition 3
  • EDUC 316 Foundations of Education 3

EARLY CHILDHOOD/SPECIAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM AND METHODS COURSES

  • ECED 301 Theory and Practices in Early Childhood 3
  • ECED 303 Methods of Teaching Language Arts EC/SPED 3
  • ECED 305 Methods of Teaching Reading and the Other Language Arts in EC/SPED 3
  • ECED 306 Methods of Teaching Science/ EC/SPED 2
  • ECED 310 Methods of Teaching Social Studies EC/SPED 2
  • ECED 314 Methods of Teaching Mathematics/ EC/SPED 3
  • ECED 316 Year Long Internship Phase I: Practicum III 1
  • ECED 320 Creative Learning Experiences 3
  • ECED 327 Parent, Family, and Community Involvement 3
  • ECED 401 Directed Teaching and Seminar/ECED 6
  • SPED 401 Directed Teaching and Seminar/SPED 6
  • SPED 403 Orientation to Special Education 3
  • SPED 405 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching 3
  • SPED 406 Observation and Participation of the Mildly and Moderately Disabled 3
  • SPED 407 Theory and Research in Special Education 3
  • SPED 409 Management and Program Planning for SPED 3

Total Core Professional Sequence Requirements = 65

CORE REQUIREMENTS

  • SPAN 101 First-Year Spanish I or FREN 101 French I or EDUC 403 Sign Language 3
  • PSYC 302 Child Psychology 3
  • MATH 210 Geometry 3
  • PHED 190 Movement Education for Elementary and Early Childhood 1

Total Core Requirements = 10

GENERAL EDUCATION AND INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Communication Skills (6 semester hours)
  • ENGL 101 Composition and Literature I 3
  • ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II 3
  • Arts and Humanities (9 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • ART 300, 301 or 302 or MUSC 101 or 301 Art Survey or Art Survey or Fundamentals of Music or Introduction to Music 3
  • ENGL 316 American Literature or
  • ENGL 338 or 339 World Literature I or ENGL 316 or 317 American Literature 3
  • COMM 101 Oral Communication 3
  • Sciences (7-8 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • BIOL 101 Biological Science 4
  • PHSC 100 Physical Science 4
  • Mathematics (3 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • MATH 115 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers 4
  • MATH 116 or Introduction to Math Ideas or MATH125 College Algebra 3
  • Social Sciences (12 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • GEOG 101 Elements of Geography 3
  • HIST 114 African American History to 1865 or HIST 115 African American History 3
  • HIST 201 United States History to 1865 or HIST 202 United States History Since 1865 3
  • PSYC 101 General Psychology I 3
  • Emerging Issues (3 semester hours)
  • COSC 110 Computer Literacy and Applications 3
  • Institutional Requirements (6 semester hours and additional departmental requirements)
  • FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar 3
  • HEED 102 Life and Health 3

Note: The department reserves the right to specify suitable general education courses, in keeping with COMAR, for its majors.