Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten

  • ECE

    What is Early Childhood Education Birth through Kindergarten?

    Current research indicates that early childhood programs with well-prepared, highly qualified teachers have long-term positive benefits for children and the community. Based on this research and Georgia’s approved certification in Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) Education, the Kennesaw State University Bagwell College of Education B-K Early Education Undergraduate Program has been developed to assist individuals who have a desire to instruct and work with infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children.

    Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide instruction to very young children. Graduates will also be familiar with global perspectives on early learning and teaching. The B-K Undergraduate Degree Program addresses the needs of the whole child based on national and state standards. Teacher candidates in the program may be placed in diverse field settings that will focus on (1) developmentally appropriate best practices, (2) current research on the development of infant, toddler and young children, (3) families and communities in a global setting, (4) English Language Learners, and (5) children with special learning needs.

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    Admission Requirements

    Students may initially declare an "-Interest" based major in this subject, but must still meet additional requirements to be formally accepted into the degree program.

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    Sample Classes

    • This course addresses theories of human development from conception to middle childhood (age eleven years) with attention to the social, emotional, physical and cognitive domains. Issues relating to family, diversity, and culture will be addressed as they relate to development and supporting children’s learning. Candidates will also explore effective learning environments, health, safety & nutrition for children. Observations in natural settings will be required.

    • In this course candidates design and implement developmentally appropriate, standards-based curriculum and lessons for preschool children; practice developmentally appropriate screening and assessment with preschool children; and describe effective techniques for working with young children with challenging behaviors. A 30-hour field experience required. Candidates must pass the College of Education’s mandatory background check and a mandatory state Bright from the Start criminal background check prior to beginning field experience.

    • Teacher candidates will learn the utilization of art, music, movement and creativity to instruct children from infancy through five years of age. Topics that will be studied include movement exploration, children’s games, finger plays and songs. This course may require a field experience in an early learning environment. Verification of professional liability insurance is required.

    • This course addresses comparative early care and instruction for infants and children in international settings, including countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America Australia and North America. Candidates will explore the diversity of prenatal care, parenting, family practices, and international and child welfare issues. Candidates will also develop knowledge and skills of global awareness and instruction in early learning.