Coordinator: Jeff Piquette
The early childhood education program at CSU-Pueblo is focused on teaching children from birth through age 8. We offer two four-year degree programs (both bachelor of science): one with Director Qualification and one with K-3 licensure. Students will acquire a strong foundation in child development and education through a combination of engaging courses and practical field work.
At CSU-Pueblo, teacher education is a campus-wide responsibility, and overall program goals reflect components of both a breadth and depth of knowledge of the liberal arts and the pedagogical skills to transform this knowledge into curriculum and instruction for young children.
Requirements for the Early Childhood Education Major
Requirements for admission and retention in teacher education are included in the description of the Teacher Education Program in this catalog and in the Teacher Education Handbook.
Students must receive a grade of C or greater in all courses listed as requirements; a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.500 in courses completed in the major at CSU-Pueblo is required for admission to student teaching.
|General Education Requirements|
|General Education Skill Requirements:|
|ENG 101||Composition I||3|
|ENG 102||Composition II||3|
|MATH 109||Mathematical Explorations||3|
|or MATH 156||Introduction to Statistics|
|General Education Knowledge Requirements:|
|ART 100||Visual Dynamics||3|
|BIOL 100||Principles of Biology||3|
|BIOL 100L||Principles of Biology Lab||1|
|COMR 103||Speaking and Listening||3|
|ENG 130||Introduction to Literature||3|
|GEOG 103||World Regional Geography||3|
|GEOL 101||Earth Science||3|
|GEOL 101L||Earth Science Lab||1|
|PSYCH 151||Human Development||3|
|HIST 201||U.S. History I||3|
|ECE 101||Introduction to Early Childhood Ed 1||3|
|ECE 102||Intro to ECE Lab Techniques 1||3|
|ECE 103||Guidance Strat for Young Children 1||3|
|ECE 111||Infant & Toddler Theory & Practice 1||3|
|ECE 205||Nutrition, Health and Safety 1||3|
|ECE 241||Admin: Human Relations for ECE 1||3|
|ECE 350||Programs for ECE||3|
|ECE 355||Play & Creative Expression in ECE||3|
|ECE 420||Involving Diverse Families in ECE||3|
|ECE 425||Intro to EC Spec Ed||3|
|ECE 430||Teaching Young CLD Children||3|
|ECE 440||Effective Instr in Early Literacy||3|
|ED 202||Foundations of Education||3|
|ED 280||Educational Media and Technology||3|
|ED 301||Frameworks of Teaching||4|
|ED 351||Children's Literature||3|
|MUS 118||Music Appreciation||3|
|POLSC 101||American National Politics||3|
Course must be taken at a community college.
The general education requirement for graduation includes a total of 35 semester credits in two categories: Skills Component and Knowledge Component. Please see the General Education Requirement section under Academic Policies for more information.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, students will:
- Acquire a broad knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences including an understanding of the significant ideas, concepts, structures and values within disciplines and mastering content knowledge in all areas taught in early childhood education: the arts, math, literature and language, social sciences, sciences, and child development and learning.
- Construct knowledge through critical and analytical thinking, independent thinking, reasoned judgment, mature values, and imagination.
- Communicate knowledge by effectively writing in academic and practical formats, speaking in a variety of settings, and utilizing technology as a tool for communication.
- Apply knowledge by using multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts; using different viewpoints, theories, “ways of knowing,’ and methods of inquiry in the teaching of subject matter content; evaluating curriculum for comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness; engaging students in generating knowledge and testing hypotheses through inquiry; developing and using curricula that encourage students to see and interpret ideas from diverse perspectives; and creating interdisciplinary learning experiences.
Outcomes Assessment Activities
The knowledge and skills of students in the Early Childhood Education major are assessed at three points in their program: admission to education, during the semester prior to the capstone term (student teaching or practicum), and at program completion. Assessment activities include the faculty’s review of:
- performance documented in students’ eportfolios;
- scores on standardized tests of general education and content knowledge;
- ratings of proficiency on program standards by PK-3 classroom teachers, University faculty, and student teacher or practicum supervisors based on direct observation;
- self-evaluations/ ratings of proficiency on program standards by program completers and graduates one year after teaching; and
- ratings of proficiency by PK-3 supervisors after graduates have been employed for one year.