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Early Childhood Education (B.A.) 2017-2018 Catalog Year

College of Education

Department of Teacher Education and Research
http://coe.fgcu.edu/earlychildba/index.asp

The B.A. in Early Childhood Education is designed to prepare students for certification from the Florida Department of Education for Prekindergarten/Primary (age 3 to grade 3), as well as Prekindergarten/Disability endorsement. Coursework and extensive field experiences enable students to dynamically integrate theory and teaching practices. Competencies include content-specific knowledge applicable to the unique developmental needs of this age population including a thorough understanding of cultural diversity, individual differences, and skills to work with children in individual ways, particularly English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students; and an emphasis on capabilities of teachers to work with children with atypical abilities and special needs.

Progression And Additional Graduation Requirements

Degree-seeking students are classified as pre-majors prior to formal transition into a COE major. In order to transition from a COE pre-major to a major, students must complete the following:

  • An overall GPA of 2.5 on all hours attempted.
  • Pass all subsections of the FTCE General Knowledge Test. No exemptions can be considered.
  • Satisfy all General Education requirements.
  • Satisfy College-Level Skills requirements.
  • Satisfy common prerequisite requirements.
  • Successfully complete a background check.
  • Obtain liability insurance for field experiences in the PreK-12 schools.

Students must have passed the FTCE Subject Area Exam prior to beginning Level I Internship.

Students must complete all coursework and have passed the FTCE Professional Education Exam prior to beginning Level II Internship.

In addition to the program requirements, students must complete:

  • Pass the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE), including the subject area examination and the Professional Education examination.
  • A minimum of 48 upper division credits (courses numbered 3000 and higher).
  • Complete 30 of the last 60 credits at FGCU.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • Satisfy College-Level skills and foreign language admission requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. www.fgcu.edu/connect/
Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (http://www.fgcu.edu/general_education/)

  2. Common Prerequisites
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    FGCU Course: EDF 2005 Intro to Teach Prof (3)
    Acceptable Substitute: EDFX005


  3. Courses in the Major
    A minimum grade of C in each course and an overall GPA of 2.5 is required.

    Required Courses (57 credits)
    EDF 3253 Learning Mgmt Inclusive Class (3)
    EDF 4112 Child Growth & Development (3)
    EDG 3323 Professional Teaching Practice (3)
    EDG 4371 Creative & Affective Develpmnt (3)
    EDG 4937 Sr Seminar-Initial Teach Prep (3)
    EEC 3268 Play Development & Assessment (3)
    EEC 4307 Cognitive Exp for Yng Children (3)
    EEC 4940 Internship: Early Childhood (9)
    EEC 4942 Integrated Field Exp. - EC (3)
    EEX 4201 Young Children with Spec Needs (3)(offered only in the spring)
    EEX 4221 Educ Assess ofExceptional Stud (3)
    MAE 4310 Math Content & Processes (3)
    RED 4310 Early Literacy Learning (3)
    RED 4350 Literacy Content & Processes (3)
    TSL 3080 Foundations of ESOL (3)
    TSL 4340 Methods, Cur and Instr Effect (3)
    TSL 4520 Sec Lang Acquis Comm& Culture (3)

  4. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  5. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 120

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