The Undergraduate Major in Early Childhood is an ideal degree program for teachers wishing to specialize in Early Childhood Classroom Teaching (birth through age 8) while pursuing an elementary teaching certificate. Those who enroll in this program will have the opportunity to gain new ideas for current best practices in teaching young children and develop skills for reaching all students. The 30 credit endorsement program assists students seeking the coveted ZS endorsement for Early Childhood (General and Special Education).
An Early Childhood (ZS) endorsement is increasingly becoming a requirement for employment in public and private school districts for kindergarten, first and second grades, Headstart, and Early Headstart. This endorsement is required for state-funded four-year old preschool (GSRP) programs. Candidates with a ZS endorsement will also be able to teach in non-categorical early childhood special education (ECSE classrooms and Birth-3 home visiting programs).
Dr. Colleen D'Arcy
*data derived from 2010-2016 early childhood graduation classes
**data derived from 2012-2015 testing cycles