Female Student at Graduate

Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist Program

Dr. Crystal Ratican, Program Coordinator

Overview

In cooperation with various discipline departments in the University, the Department of Teacher Education offers a four-year early childhood education program approved by the Ohio Department of Education.  The Early Childhood License (P-3), Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 124 semester hours of course work.  Please refer to the four-year plan for additional information.  This teaching license requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach.  

In 2016-2017 the program will be transitioning from an Early Childhood Education (ECE) license to a dual Early Childhood Education (ECE)/Early Childhood Intervention Specialist (ECIS) license.  This new license will also include a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement.  This combined program can be completed in four years and will require 136 hours of coursework.  This teaching license also requires passage of the Ohio Assessments for Educators in order to be eligible to student teach.  Please contact a BCOE advisor for additional information.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates of the new ECE/ECIS dual license will be able to work in the following areas:  in schools as the classroom teacher of record, inclusion classroom teacher of record, or P-3 special education classroom of record.  Graduates will also be trained to work with children who are currently learning the English language.  Other employment opportunities include: working with regional Educational Service Providers, providing individual services to children within their homes, working with regionally based programs, medical providers, or private education companies.

Field Experiences and Student Teaching

Students complete over 300 hours of pre-clinical experiences in addition to student teaching.  Field experiences are included in the following courses and offer opportunities to provide varying levels of classroom support (observing, one-on-one tutoring, small group teaching, co-teaching, whole class teaching).

Field Experiences

Preclinical Field Experiences:  

The preclinical experience is conducted in local schools and provides an opportunity for teacher candidates to complete an in-depth field experience prior to student teaching.  This field experience requires a substantial time commitment, as teacher candidates spend the entire day in schools during designated weeks. The Early Childhood preclinical experience is scheduled during the fall and spring semesters.  Applications for the preclinical experience must be submitted (1) one year in advance to BCOE Room 2101, by September 1 for fall preclinical, and February 1 for spring preclinical.  Contact the Beeghly College of Education, academic advisors for minimum preclinical prerequisites. 

  • ECIS 4801 Teaching of Language Arts and Social Studies: The Early Years
  • ECIS 4802 Teaching of Mathematics and Science: The Early Years
  • ECIS 3790 Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education PK3
  • SPED 5866 Assessment and Referral of Exceptional Children and Youth for the Intervention Specialist
  • ENGL 4857 TESOL Practicum

Student Teaching

Students complete a 16 week student teaching experience.  Students must pass the edTPA performance-based assessment with a minimum score of 137during this experience.

Advisement

Advisement is provided by the academic advisors in the Beeghly College of Education.  Majors in this program must complete general education requirements, subject area curriculum requirements, reading course requirements, and professional education requirements.  Prior to student teaching, all early childhood majors must complete a preclinical experience. 

Required Assessments

The Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) assess the content area and professional (pedagogical) knowledge of candidates who are seeking initial Ohio educator license or adding a new license area.  The assessments are aligned with Ohio's New Learning Standards.  Teacher candidates must pass these exams prior to student teaching.

001 Assessment of Professional Knowledge:  Early Childhood (PK-3)

012 Early Childhood Education

090 Foundations of Reading

013 Early Childhood Special Education

021 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

EndorsementS

The Department of Teacher Education offers the Early Childhood Generalist (Grades 4-5) endorsement.  This endorsement may be added to an existing Early Childhood Education (P-3) license, for teaching grades 4-5 in Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.  This endorsement is not a major and does not stand alone as an area of study.  This endorsement may increase a teacher candidate's ability to acquire a teaching position.  See an academic advisor for additional information.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2
General Education Knowledge Domains
Some courses are categorized in more than one knowledge domain. Courses can only be used once within the General Education model. Some majors prescribe specific GE courses. If a course has been added to the domains, it is required.
Arts and Humanities
Select one of the following courses required to fulfill 3 SH Arts & Humanities GER: 3
Masterpieces of World Art (Select one of the following courses required to fulfill 3 SH Arts & Humanities GER: )
Survey of Art History 1
Select one of the following courses required to fulfill 3 SH Arts & Humanities GER: 3
Music Literature and Appreciation
Popular Music in America
Natural Sciences7
Select two of the following courses and one lab required for ECE content: (3 SH+3 SH+1 SH=7 SH)
Descriptive Astronomy
Astronomy Laboratory
Biology and the Modern World
Biology and the Modern World Laboratory
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
Weather
The Dynamic Earth
Social Science6
The following 2 classes are required for Social Sciences:
General Psychology
Child Development
Social and Personal Awareness6
The following 2 classes are required for Social and Personal Awareness:
Turning Points in United States History 2
Introduction to Language
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE
Subject Area Curriculum
ECIS 2629Best Practices in ECIS3
ECIS 2600Educating the Whole Child3
MATH 2651Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 1 13
CHFM 3733LPracticum Preprimary Settings (upper-divison status) 1,23
ECIS 3700Integrated Strategies in ECE/ECIS Inclusive Environments4
SPED 3715Characteristics and Needs of Children and Youth with Mild/Moderate Disabilities3
SPED 5835Classroom Management for Exceptional Children and Youth4
SPED 5864Service Coordination, Collaboration, and Consultation for Students with Special Needs3
ENGL 3703Literature for Young Children3
ENGL 4850Sociolinguistics3
ENGL 4851Language Acquisition3
ENGL 4852Linguistics and Literacy3
ENGL 4856TESOL Methods3
Professional Education Curriculum
EDFN 1501Introduction to Education3
PSYC 3709Psychology of Education3
SPED 2630Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 13
EDFN 3708Education and Society3
TERG 2601Reading Application in Content Area Early Years 13
TERG 3701Phonics in Reading Instruction3
TERG 3702Developmental Reading Instruction 13
TERG 3703Assessment and Instruction in Reading (upper-divison status) 23
Preclinical Curriculum
ECIS 4801Teaching of Language Arts and Social Studies: The Early Years4
ECIS 4802Teaching of Mathematics and Science: The Early Years4
ECIS 3790Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education PK33
SPED 5866Assessment and Referral of Exceptional Children and Youth for the Intervention Specialist3
ENGL 4857TESOL Practicum3
Student Teaching Curriculum
ECIS 4841Supervised Student Teaching: ECE/ECIS10
ECIS 4842Student Teaching Seminar in ECE/ECIS2
Total Semester Hours134
1

 Prerequisite for preclinical curriculum

2

 Upper division course

BCOE Notes:

Advisement:

  • It is highly recommended that all teacher candidates meet with an academic advisor every semester.
  • Freshmen, athletes, and students on warning and probation are required to meet with an advisor before registration.
  • At the completion of 30 SH any teacher candidate who: 1)was required to and has not passed PRAXIS Core Exam(s), or 2) holds a GPA of 2.25 or below will be referred to Central Advising for advising and career services.  If at a later date the teacher candidate passes all required parts of the Praxis Core Exam and attains a GPA of 2.25 or higher that student may return to BCOE for advising.

Important Notes:

  • Neither admission to the University nor declaration of a major related to a teaching field guarantees admission to the BCOE’s Teacher Education Programs or candidacy for a teaching license.
  • Formal Admission to Teacher Education (Upper-Division) is required before teacher candidates are allowed to enroll in certain junior and senior level courses in BCOE.
  • Undetermined education majors must declare a major before applying for admission to a Teacher Education Program.
  • Admission to a Teacher Education Program is obtained upon satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

_____ Minimum completion of 50 SH

_____ Minimum 2.75 overall GPA

  • Meet one of the following criteria:

_____ Overall GPA 3.4 or better, OR

_____ ACT scores of Reading-21, English-18, Math-22, AND/OR

_____ SAT scores of Reading-450, Writing-430, Math-520, AND/OR

_____ Praxis CORE scores, Reading-156, Writing-162, Math-150

(Attach a copy of your CORE scores to the application)

  • “B” average or better (A-C, B-B) for:

_____ ENGL 1550_____ ENGL 1551

If failure to meet “B” average above must also complete:

_____ ENGL 2601 grade of “B” or better.If you receive a “C” or below you will need to retake the course.

  • “B” average or better (B-B-B, A-B-C) across the following:

_____ EDFN 1501_____ CMST 1545

_____ SPED 2630 _____ ECIS 2629

If student does not have a “B” average, student will be required to retake one or more of these courses until the “B” average is achieved.

  • A grade of “C” or better is required in all required major courses.  Courses taken as “CR/NC” will not count towards the major
  • Professional education and block courses may only be repeated one time.
  • Minimum requirements for teaching licenses are determined by the Ohio Department of Education; if those requirements change, they become effective immediately at Youngstown State University. (YSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Upper-Division Application Process

  • Upper division application and forms must be printed from the BCOE website.
  • After completing a minimum of 50 SH, submit the following:
    • Upper Division application
    • Good Moral Character Statement
    • copy of BCI & FBI clearances
    • schedule an upper division interview with the BCOE Office of Student Services, room 2101, no later than:
  • Upper Division Application Deadline
    • September 1—to register for Upper Division Courses for Spring
    • February 1—to register for Upper Division courses for Summer & Fall
  • Each completed application is reviewed and approved by the Upper Division Admission and Retention Committee.  If all requirements are met, the teacher candidate may register for Upper Division courses for the following semester.  Upper Division courses are the courses designated with the “+” symbol.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed until the end of the respective semester.

Program Notes:

  • If Math concentration is chosen, Math GER is not required. If Science concentration is chosen, Natural Science GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Language Arts concentration is chosen, Arts & Humanities GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum. If Social Studies concentration is chosen, Social Sciences GER is fulfilled through subject area curriculum.
  • Candidates will not be permitted to take the following professional education courses more than twice:  EDFN 1501, EDFN 3708, PSYC 3709, SPED 2630, TERG 2601, 3701, 3702, 3703, 2610, 3711, TEMC 4802, SED 4800, ECIS 2629, ECIS 3700, all preclinical experience courses, student teaching, and student teaching seminar.
  • If the program is concerned regarding teacher candidate performance in the preclinical experience, as determined by CPAST criteria, the program coordinator may require the teacher candidate to complete an additional preclinical experience prior to the student teaching experience. 

Preclinical Application with Request for Graduation Evaluation

  • Preclinical application is completed on TaskStream. Directions are available on the BCOE website.
  • Preclinical application and graduation evaluation request must be submitted one year prior to the intended preclinical semester no later than:
    • September 1—for Fall preclinical
    • February 1—for Spring preclinical
  • Preclinical candidates are screened for eligibility based on GPA and course completion.

Student Teaching:

  • Prerequisites:
    • BCOE Upper Division and Senior status,
    • Overall 2.75 GPA
    • Minimum of 2.67 GPA in subject area curriculum and professional education courses with no grade less than a “C” (each computed individually),
    • Passage of OAE test(s) and ACTFL tests for foreign language.
  • Instructions for completing the Student Teaching Application and Forms are available on BCOE website.  The application and forms must be completed and printed from the BCOE website and submitted to the BCOE Office of Student Services no later than:
    • September 1—to Student Teach the following Spring Semester
    • February 1—to Student Teach the following Fall Semester

Graduation Process:

  • Apply for graduation during the first three weeks of the semester you plan to graduate.  Graduation evaluation must be completed in advance of application for graduation.

Completing a Bachelor of Science in Education without Licensure:

  • Teacher candidates who choose to graduate without licensure must apply for approval in the BCOE Office of Student Services.
  • Once approved, teacher candidates graduating without licensure must take TCED 4830 (3 SH) capstone in place of student teaching.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 2651 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
TCED 1500 Introduction to Becoming a Teacher First Year Experience Course BCOE 3
EDFN 1501 Introduction to Education 3
Natural Science elective 3
 Semester Hours18
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 2652 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers 2 3
PSYC 3755 Child Development 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
SPED 2630 Individuals with Exceptionalities in Society 3
ART 1540 Masterpieces of World Art 3
OR ART 1541 Survey Art History
 
 Semester Hours18
Year 2
Fall
ECIS 2600 Educating the Whole Child 3
ENGL 2651 Introduction to Language 3
HIST 2606 Turning Points in United States History 2 3
ENGL 3703 Literature for Young Children 3
TERG 2601 Reading Application in Content Area Early Years 3
SPED 3715 Characteristics and Needs of Children and Youth with Mild/Moderate Disabilities 3
 Semester Hours18
Spring
ECIS 2629 Best Practices in ECIS 3
EDFN 3708 Education and Society 3
ENGL 4850 Sociolinguistics 3
TERG 3701 Phonics in Reading Instruction 3
ENGL 4851 Language Acquisition 3
Natural Science elective 3
 Semester Hours18
Year 3
Fall
ECIS 3700 Integrated Strategies in ECE/ECIS Inclusive Environments 4
CHFM 3733L Practicum Preprimary Settings 3
PSYC 3709 Psychology of Education 3
TERG 3702 Developmental Reading Instruction 3
MUHL 2621 Music Literature and Appreciation 3
OR MUHL 2622 Popular Music in America
 
Natural Science Lab 1
 Semester Hours17
Spring
SPED 5864 Service Coordination, Collaboration, and Consultation for Students with Special Needs 3
TERG 3703 Assessment and Instruction in Reading 2 3
ENGL 4852 Linguistics and Literacy 3
ENGL 4856 TESOL Methods 3
SPED 5835 Classroom Management for Exceptional Children and Youth 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 4
Fall
ECIS 4802 Teaching of Mathematics and Science: The Early Years 4
ECIS 4801 Teaching of Language Arts and Social Studies: The Early Years 4
ECIS 3790 Assessing Learning in Early Childhood Education PK3 3
SPED 5866 Assessment and Referral of Exceptional Children and Youth for the Intervention Specialist 3
ENGL 4857 TESOL Practicum 3
 Semester Hours17
Spring
ECIS 4841 Supervised Student Teaching: ECE/ECIS 10
ECIS 4842 Student Teaching Seminar in ECE/ECIS 2
 Semester Hours12
 Total Semester Hours134

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

The following learning outcomes are based on The Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession.  These standards were developed for use as a guide for teachers as they continually reflect upon and improve their effectiveness as educators throughout all of the stages of their careers. These standards serve as an important tool for teachers as they consider their growth and development in the profession. These standards in developing and content of our teacher education programs.  They are interrelated and connect in teachers’ practice.

  • Teachers understand student learning and development and respect the diversity of the students they teach.
  • Teachers know and understand the content area for which they have instructional responsibility.
  • Teachers understand and use varied assessments to inform instruction, evaluate and ensure student learning.
  • Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction that advances the learning of each individual student.
  • Teachers create learning environments that promote high levels of learning and achievement for all students.
  • Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.
  • Teachers collaborate and communicate with students, parents, other educators, administrators and the community to support student learning. Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community.

The Learning outcomes for this program, align with the six Standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):

  • Effectively promote child development and learning in the classroom
  • Build family and community relationships to support the development and learning of each child
  • Utilize effective formative and summative assessments to support young children and their families.
  • Use developmentally effective approaches in teaching and learning.
  • Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum in prek-grade 3 classrooms.

The Learning outcomes for this program, also align with the seven Standards of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE):

  • Learner Development and Individual Learning Differences
  • Learning Environments
  • Curricular Content Knowledge
  • Assessment
  • Instructional Planning and Strategies
  • Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  • Collaboration

Professional Dispositions:  

Teacher candidates are expected to display the following professional dispositions:

  • Creating fairness in the classroom
  • Providing an inclusive environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • Demonstrating the belief that all students can learn
  • Fostering collaborative relationships to support student learning and well- being
  • Exhibiting professional skills