Early Childhood Education - Major

For information, contact Professor Nancy King, nlking@cedarcrest.edu, 610-606-4666, ext. 3616

The Early Childhood Education major prepares professional educators to meet the many challenges of the 21st century PreK-4 classroom. Prospective PreK-4 teachers may also pursue a dual certification in Early Childhood Education/Special Education. Acceptance into the College does not constitute acceptance as a declared education major. All teacher certification candidates must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 Requirements as well as the liberal arts requirements of Cedar Crest College.

Mission Statement of the Education Program

The Cedar Crest College Education Department is committed to the preparation of teachers who have a strong foundation of content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, classroom management and assessment and use this knowledge to plan and implement effective instruction that provides meaningful learning experiences for all students in grades PreK-12, including those students with special needs and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our graduates will be advocates for children and will strive to ensure all children achieve to high standards and develop as adults who contribute to society in meaningful ways. To this end, the Department establishes and maintains strong partnerships with local school districts and fosters the development of teachers who are reflective practitioners, instructional leaders, and role models for students in the schools and in the community. The work of the Education Department is grounded in the premise that education provides the foundation for women’s leadership, civic engagement, and global connectivity.

Admissions Credentials-Teacher Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 regulation requires that all candidates for teacher certification have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for acceptance into the program. Teacher candidates seeking secondary teacher certification must have a 3.0 GPA in their content area course work. In order to be considered for a statement of advanced standing, the teacher candidate must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended previous to Cedar Crest College.

Prospective teachers are required to take six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature and earn a grade of C or higher in these courses. Prior to full acceptance into the teacher certification program, and declaration of the major, the student must earn a grade of B or higher in all education courses and pass the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) tests-Reading, Writing and Math.

Courses Required for the Early Childhood Education Major

Grades PreK - 4
WRI-100 College Writing (WRI-1) 3 credits
ENG-201 or ENG 220 American or British Literature (HUM) 3 credits
ENG-303 Linguistics and the Development of Human Language (HUM) 3 credits
MAT-202 Mathematics for the Early Childhood Teacher - Grades PreK - 4 (ML) 3 credits
MAT-110 Probability and Statistics (ML) 3 credits
HIS-121 Survey of U.S. History I (HUM) 3 credits OR HIS-122 Survey of U.S. History II (HUM) 3 credits
PSC-211 The World Economy and Globalization (WRII) and (GST) 3 credits
ETL-235 Ethical Life (community service required) 3 credits
PSY-100 General Psychology (SS) 3 credits
PSY-250 Lifespan Development (prerequisite PSY- 100) 3 credits
SOC-100 Introduction to Culture and Society (SS) 3 credits
MUS-101 Experiencing Music: An Introduction (ART) 3 credits
DNC-102 Experiencing Movement (ART) 3 credits
ART-110 Principles of Visual Organization (ART) 3 credits
BIO-111 Concepts in Ecology & Environmental Issues (SCI) 4 credits

Select from one of the following Earth Science courses:
GSC-101 Earth Science I: Physical Geology (SCI) 4 credits
GSC-103 Earth Science III: Astronomy (SCI) 4 credits
GSC-104 Earth Science IV: Historical Geology (SCI) 3 credits
GSC-110Geology of the National Parks (SCI) 3 credits

First Year Experience:
First Year Seminar 3 credits
College Life .5 credits
Exploring Your Future .5 credits

Total credits for LAC and PDE major requirements: 53 or 54 credits

*Students must complete a total of 44 credits including the above courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 including no grade below a C in LAC courses and no grade below a B in Education courses, as well as meet all other requirements as outlined in the handbook. Students may declare their major after completing of 24 credits and the passing of the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)-Reading, Writing and Math. Students who do not pass the PAPA tests may be required to take additional courses in order to pass these required tests.

Professional Courses

ECE-101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits
ECE-207 Emergent Literacy (Pre-K-Grade 1) 3 credits
ECE-301 Assessment in ECE I (prerequisite ECE 101, EDU 102) 3 credits
ECE-302 Assessment in ECE II (prerequisite ECC -301) 3 credits
ECE-305 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
EDU-102 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU-151 Field Experience I 1 credit
EDU-207 Technology for Educators 3 credits
EDU-240 Nutrition, Health and Safety 3 credits
EDU-308 Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum 3 credits
EDU-311 Literacy I-Grades 2-4 3 credits
EDU-313 Field Experience II (co-req. EDU-311) 1 credit
EDU-317 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Science for Early Childhood Educators (prerequisite EDU-311) 3 credits
EDU-319 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Social Studies for Early Childhood Educators (prerequisite EDU-311) 3 credits
EDU-321 Field Experience III (prerequisite– EDU-317 or EDU-319) 1 credit
EDU-332 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators (prerequisite MAT-202) 3 credits
EDU-340 Differentiated Reading Instruction for the Primary Grades 3 credits (prerequisite ECE 207, and EDU-311)
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE-245 Field Experience IV (co-requisite SPE-243) 1 credit
SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-344 Adaptations and Accommodations for the Exceptional Child 3 credits (prerequisite SPE-243)
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits
EDU-372 Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education (prerequisite See Student Teaching Checklist) 9 credits
EDU-374 Professional Seminar 3 credits

Total = 70 credits
Total Credits for Early Childhood Education Major and Teacher Certification = 123 or 124 credits

Please note:
*Students may not be enrolled in any other course(s) during the student teaching semester.
*Students who are not proficient in oral/written communication in the English language as determined by classroom performance and the evaluation of cooperating mentor teachers in Field Experiences will be required to take additional courses to meet basic competencies in English communication.

Education Department Outcomes

  1. Teacher candidates will demonstrate the knowledge of content and plan effective standards-based instruction that reflects research-based pedagogy and incorporates knowledge of best practices while addressing the needs of all learners.
  2. Teacher candidates will create motivating and safe learning environments that are accessible to all learners while encouraging positive social interaction, self-management, and active learning.
  3. Teacher candidates will employ a variety of instructional strategies and technologies to promote students' critical thinking and problem solving skills and differentiate instructional delivery to meet the needs of all learners
  4. Teacher candidates will demonstrate a high level of professional conduct and a responsive and collaborative attitude when interacting with peers, professors, students, mentor teachers, and the community.

Certification in Special Education PreK - 8

Courses Required for Level I Certification in Special Education PreK - 8 Add On Certification

Special Education Certification as an undergraduate for students who are Early Childhood Education Majors or who are working on or hold Level I or II Elementary or Early Childhood Education Certification. Requires Dual Certification.

SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (Prerequisite) 3 credits
SPE-245 Field IV 1 credit
SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child (Prerequisite and SPE-243) 3 credits

Certification Courses:
SPE- 250 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities (Prerequisite SPE 243) 3 credits
SPE-310 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Development and Intervention Approaches (Prerequisites and SPE-243) 3 credits
SPE-315 Teaching Students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders 3 credits
SPE-333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits
SPE-346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE-347 Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
SPE-375 Practicum in Special Education 3 credits

Students must complete the certification requirements for Early Childhood Education certification (PreK-4) or Middle Level Education (4-8) certification to be eligible for Special Education PreK-8 certification. Students seeking certification in Special Education will be required to take the Special Ed (Pre-K-8) test through PECT. The module numbers of the test that are required are 8011 and 8012.