Student teacher with preschoolers

Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

Undergraduate
  • Major

About this Program

The early childhood education program is designed to prepare and certify teacher candidates to teach young children in preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-3.

Program Overview

The Phase III teaching internship requires two placements, one in prekindergarten or kindergarten and one in a primary classroom. Beginning in the prerequisite phase, students have the unique opportunity to observe in the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School on campus, which offers preschool for children ages 3-4. The ECE program includes many field experiences and is based conceptually on the InTASC Standards and the National Association of Educators of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards as well as on the Maryland State Department's "Redesign of Teacher Education".

The early childhood education major is divided into sequential steps consisting of Prerequisite, Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The departmental unit assessment plan features a checkpoint at each step through which students must pass before advancing to the next phase. 

The minimum requirement for a major in early childhood education is the successful completion of Phase II coursework and field experiences. Completion of the certification program is contingent upon completion of Phase III and upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on the Praxis II tests specific to early childhood education and attaining a rating of "Proficient" or higher on the Exit Folio.

Program Contact

Associate Professor of Education

Phone
301-696-3416

Degrees Offered

  • BA

Department Offering

Our faculty...

are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of teacher candidates.

All Faculty
Kristine Calo

Kristine Calo

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Curriculum and Instruction

Paula Gordon

  • Professional Development Schools Director and Liaison
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Associate Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Department Chair of Education
Rebecca Grove

Rebecca Grove

  • Assistant Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education
Daniel Shea

Daniel Shea

  • Visiting Instructor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Educational Leadership

Tricia K. Strickland

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
Marisel

Marisel Torres-Crespo

  • Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
  • Director of the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School