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Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4)


Please contact the department for further information.
215-204-6387

Cathleen Soundy, Early Childhood, Lead Professor
215-204-6129
csoundy@temple.edu

The Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4) program is designed to prepare teachers to work in programs servicing children in nursery school, kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. It is designed to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of children, develop personally and professionally, and acquire a sound philosophy of education.

By working directly with children several times prior to student teaching, the student can study the reactions of children of various ages to different situations and thereby gain insight into the creation of learning situations and the planning of teaching procedures which meet the needs of children.

Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses (see candidacy). Observation, participation, and teaching within the practicum are further extended during student teaching where competency of teaching skills is demonstrated.

Bachelor of Science in Education Requirements

University Requirements

All new students starting in the academic year 2010-2011 and beyond are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses.

 

Basic Education and Professional Course Sequence Requirements

Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed on the College Graduation Requirements web page (see Other Requirements for College of Education Students) apply to students in this program: 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Math Requirement: Please take both of the following:    
Mathematics 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures 4  
Mathematics 1021 College Algebra 4  
     
Literature Requirement: Please take both of the following:    
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

 

Requirements for new students starting in the 2010-2011 Academic Year

Freshman Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal     16  
 
Freshman Year - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
MATH 1015 Introduction to Numbers & Figures 4  
Subtotal     16-17  
 
Sophomore Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
MATH 1021 College Algebra 4  
ECH ED 2101 Child Development: Birth through Fourth Grade
(6 hours field experience required)
3  
EDUC 2103 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
(6 hours field experience required)
3  
SPEC ED 2231 Introduction to Inclusive Education
(6 hours field experience required)
3  
Subtotal     16  
 
Sophomore Year - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ECH ED 2105 Cognition & Learning in the Classroom
(6 hours field experience required)
3  
ECH ED 2106 Language & Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through Kindergarten
(15 hours field experience required)
3  
ECH ED 2108 Engaging Young Children in the Learning Process through Classroom Management
(10 hours field experience required)
3  
Elective xxxx Elective 3  
Elective xxxx Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ECH ED 3106 Literacy Foundations for the Primary Grades: First through Fourth Grade 3  
ECH ED 3107 Learning Mathematics for the Primary Grades: First through Fourth Grade 3  
ECH ED 3108 Social Studies for the Early Years: Pre-K through Fourth Grade 3  
ECH ED 3109 Science for the Early Years 3  
ECH ED 3187 Practicum for the Primary Grades
(50 hours field experience required)
3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ECH ED 3205 Assessment in Early Childhood Education
(15 hours field experience required)
3  
ECH ED 3296 Differentiated Reading Instruction in the Early Grades
(15 hours field experience required)
3 WI
ECH ED 3209 Teaching English Language Learners in the Early Grades: Pre-K to Fourth Grade
(15 hours field experience)
3  
SPEC ED 3211 Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities 3  
Elective     3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Fall Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
ECH ED 4101 Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education
(10 hours field experience)
3  
ECH ED 4102 Children's Literature: Pre-K through Fourth Grade 3  
ECH ED 4196 The Learning Community: Family & Community Relationships 3 WI
SPEC ED 4105 Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
(20 hours field experience)
3  
SPEC ED 4106 Literacy Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities
(10 hours field experience required)
3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Senior Year - Spring Semester
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
EDUC 4588 Student Teaching in Elementary Education/Early Childhood Education 9  
EDUC 4801 Senior Seminar 3  
Subtotal     12  
 
Minimum Total Hours for Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood-Elementary Ed (Pre-K-4): 120


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