Early Childhood Education

Undergraduate Field Experiences

You will begin the BS in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education program in a placement with infant and toddler-aged children in the first semester of your junior year. You will then have subsequent experiences with preschool and kindergarten-age children and with children in grades 1 and 2. In your final semester, you will have the opportunity to complete your student teaching experience by returning to the age range and setting of your choice. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to work with children of varying abilities, two of these placements will be in settings serving children with disabilities. Settings for your placements will be representative of the variety of school-, home-, and center-based environments that serve young children and their families, including nursery schools, child care centers, Head Start and Early Head Start, hospitals, recreation programs, and public and private schools.

Introduction to the Field

Throughout your freshman and sophomore years, you will be involved in a variety of educational and community-based settings. These field experiences will be supported by coursework designed to help you understand children and their diverse learning experiences.

Field Experience and Student Teaching

After you begin your specialized program in early childhood education and early childhood special education in your junior year, you will have four experiences in various settings with young children. Your student teaching is supervised by a cooperating teacher at your school site, and by a member of our faculty. Faculty supervision ensures continuity between your classroom work and field experiences.