Early Childhood Education with Licensure
(Meets requirements for an Early Childhood license in the State of Minnesota pending approval from the State Board of Teaching).
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) major provides individuals with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in ECE along with the possibility for licensure. As part of the College for Adults, this program is designed for working adults. As such, the majority of courses are held online, with concentrated face to face sessions scheduled over the summer semesters. This program will develop socially aware, critically informed, and innovative Early Childhood educators who will teach with Montessori theory and Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist (ABAR) teaching strategies at the core. By offering high-quality resources, utilizing multiple modes of virtual communication, and valuing real-life experiences, this program will engage students in deep and meaningful study.
The defining elements of the ECE program are:
- Social Justice: Provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and skills to impact societal change through early childhood education.
- Montessori Philosophy: Develop ethical and influential leaders informed by the philosophy of Maria Montessori and her vision of peace and justice.
- Personal Transformation: Guide teacher candidates to a greater understanding of themselves, children, and the world.
- Innovative Pedagogy: Equip teacher candidates with an individualized, anti-bias and anti-racist teaching approach influenced by Montessori philosophy that honors the whole child.
- Holistic Teacher Education: Recognize the demands of teaching and learning, and believe that to be an effective teacher the mind, body, and spirit must be nurtured and supported.
- Community Engagement: Commit to serving in, learning from, and collaborating with diverse communities who share a common vision of educational equity.
The ECE major encompasses integrated learning experiences that provide students with multiple opportunities to develop leadership knowledge and skills grounded in ethical and social justice principles informed by a global perspective. The program infuses all major course content with the components of our ABAR pedagogy, and a strong focus on equity and justice.
Teachers graduating from this program will have the knowledge, confidence, and commitment necessary to be an active member of society and prepare children to effectively participate in a changing and dynamic world.
ECE is a discipline that involves intellectual, spiritual, and moral commitment. A key element of our program is the inner spiritual transformation of the adult. ABAR curriculum combined with Montessori pedagogy brings a new perspective on child development and social order. This experience will affect students’ understanding of themselves, children, and the world. Such transformation involves the knowledge and skills necessary to impact societal change. The educators graduating from this program will be expected to lead from a position of ethical responsibility.
Our students will build their leadership skills through:
- Engagement with current and respected resources
- Group discussion
- Community collaboration
- Rigorous and meaningful assignments
Our students will lead by:
- Creating and delivering a high quality ABAR Montessori-infused early childhood education
- Designing and utilizing a variety of assessment tools
- Analyzing assessment results to inform practice and support development
- Integrating renewal opportunities for themselves, their colleagues, and their students
- Embodying high quality practices in their teaching.
- Learning and applying self-reflective practices to examine personal and societal biases, and their impact on educational practice
This major is offered in the College for Adults only.
|ECED 2200||The Art of Classroom Management and Assessment||4|
|ECED 2300||Early Childhood Education Accreditation and Standards||1|
|ECED 2400||Effective Practice in Early Childhood Education||4|
|ECED 2500||Technology in Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education||1|
|ECED 2600||Health, Wellness and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education||1|
|ECED 3280||Infant and Toddler Methods and Materials||4|
|ECED 3350||Understanding of Diverse Family Experiences and Student Exceptionalities in Early Childhood||4|
|ECED 3XXX||Emergent Literacy in the Content Areas||2|
|ECED 3600||Teaching and Learning in the Lower Elementary Classroom||3|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Practical Life||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Sensorial||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Creative Expression in Early Childhood Education||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Education Language||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Science||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Social and Cultural Studies||2|
|EDUC 4360||Early Childhood Mathematics||2|
|ECED 4XXX||Early Childhood Student Teaching||12|
|ECED 1000||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||4|
|ECED 2040||Historical, Cultural and Social Foundations of Early Childhood Education||4|
|Required Supporting Courses|
|FACS 3350||Child in the Family||4|
|HHS 4XXX||Holistic Health for Educators||4|
|INDI 3400||Implementing Critical Literacy in Early Childhood Education||4|
|PSYC 1000||General Psychology||4|
|PSYC 2025||Lifespan Developmental Psychology||2-4|
|or PSYC 2026||Lifespan Development: Theory and Methods, Conception/Prenatal Development to Middle Childhood|