Program Director: Janet Bassingthwaite
Degree Types: Bachelor of Science (default) or Bachelor of Arts (alternative)
Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be eligible for the North Dakota Educator's Professional License to provide programming to children and families and/or teach from birth through 3rd grade. The curriculum will provide students with a broad knowledge-base of educational content standards while learning to develop programs and classrooms that emphasize: developmentally appropriate practices; purposeful environment and lesson planning; and the importance of parent/child/community partnerships.
Students will be prepared to become effective and reflective early childhood teachers who can plan and implement a broad range of instructional, assessment, and management strategies to create positive learning environments and meet the diverse needs of all students.
Students will engage in responsible professional behaviors and growth as they apply effective decision making and communication skills while collaborating with career teachers in the field, families, and community agencies.