Early Childhood Education

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Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education
Memorial Hall, Room 3100
(540) 568-3473
http://www.jmu.edu/coe/eere


Department Head
Dr. Martha Ross

Professors
T. Harris, G. Ivey, M. Ross

Associate Professors
M. Baker, D. Carrington, G. Font,
M. Hughes, J. Kindig, D. Sluss

Assistant Professors
N. Brubaker, S. Kang, J. Ohn,
H. Pence, P. Sullivan

Instructors
S. Barnes, S. Hutchinson, M. Keeler

Department of Early, Elementary
and Reading Education

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Master's Level Licensure Program

Birth – Age Five
The inclusive early childhood program draws heavily from research and theories in child development, family systems, special education, differentiated teaching and learning. Through course work and extensive field experiences, the teacher candidate is prepared to design activities that have an interdisciplinary focus, reflect an understanding of the individual child's development and learning, recognize the importance of family and developmental influences, support the young child in constructing knowledge about self and the world, and involve parents in supporting the child's growth and development.

The JMU program prepares teachers for endorsements in Early Childhood Special Education, birth to five, and Early Childhood Education, PreK-3. The program is based on the following three assumptions:

The courses in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education program are sequentially organized throughout four undergraduate and three graduate semesters to help candidates develop an understanding of how children learn and interact in learning environments as well as familiarity with methods and materials appropriate for teaching and working in a collaborative way with families and other professionals.

Field experiences are provided along with course work to enable candidates to apply their knowledge in a variety of family and learning settings. Candidates must be accepted in teacher education to begin upper level IECE course work.

Assessment occurs each semester and performance will be reviewed at each assessment gate. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance before moving on to the next semester. Satisfactory performance includes a 2.5 GPA or better in IECE course work, demonstration of professional behaviors, acceptable performance in practica and on key assessments.

To be recommended for licensure in ECSE and PreK-3, candidates must satisfy the following requirements:

Candidates in this program must meet with the head of the Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education, declare the pre-professional licensure program in inclusive early childhood education, be assigned a date to start the program, and be assigned an adviser in inclusive early childhood education in addition to their first year or major adviser. A limited number of candidates can start the program each semester; therefore, candidates should meet with the department head during their first semester of enrollment at JMU.

The IDLS major is assigned two advisers. One adviser is the adviser for the education pre-professional licensure program who will guide the student through the licensure program requirements. The other adviser is the IDLS adviser who will guide the student through the IDLS major requirements. Students should plan on consulting both advisers regularly. Typically, the education adviser is assigned when the student meets with the head of his or her licensure program and elects the licensure program. This may be as early as the first semester of the first year. The IDLS adviser is assigned when the first year student advising folders are transferred to the IDLS office (second semester, first year). Students are required to check with advisers regularly to ensure timely graduation.

Degree and Major Requirements
Credit Hours
General Education requirements 1
41
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major
37
Inclusive Early Childhood Licensure Pre-professional Course Work
43
Graduate Degree Course Work
30

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Recommended Schedule for Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Students should take General Education, IDLS requirements, EDUC 360, EXED 200 and IECE 200 during their first and second years.

Third Year
Credit Hours
IECE 300. Programming and Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education
3
IECE 301. Inclusive Early Childhood Education Programming
1
and Practices Practicum
EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society
3
IECE 320. Development and Assessment of Infants
3
IECE 321. Practicum Supporting the Development of Infants and Toddlers
2
IECE 322. Supporting the Development of Infants and Toddlers
3
Major requirements
15

 
30

 

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
IECE 420. Development of the Young Child
3
IECE 421. Practicum in Development of the Young Child
1
IECE 422. Teaching Young Children
3
IECE 423. Practicum: Teaching Young Children
1
IECE 460. Instructional Practices in Numeracy
3
IECE 461. Practicum in Primary Grades
3
IECE 462. Instructional Practices in Natural Sciences for Young Children
3
IECE 464. Instructional Practices in Social Studies for Young Children
3
IECE 466. Seminar in Managing Classrooms and Guiding Behavior
1
Major requirements
9

 
30

Graduate Courses
Candidates beginning the graduate portion of the program must meet all Graduate School requirements and criteria for admission; it is expected that students will complete the admission process during their senior year. In addition, students must meet all graduate level graduation requirements.

Graduate Courses
Credit Hours
IECE 600. Teacher as Researcher
3
IECE 612. Teacher as Decision Maker
3
IECE 613. Practicum in Education of Young Children
3
IECE 614. Individualized Behavior Intervention for Young Children
3
IECE 620. Teacher As Professional
2
IECE 630. Teacher As Leader
2
IECE 632. Play and Creativity With Young Children
3
IECE 634. Medical Aspects Impacting Young Children
3
IECE 680. Student Teaching With Young Children
8

 
30

Student Teaching
Candidates must apply to student teach one year prior to their student teaching semester. At that time, students must be fully accepted into teacher education, be admitted unconditionally to graduate school and have a 3.0 graduate GPA.

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Elementary Education

PreKindergarten Through Sixth Grade Master's Level Licensure Program

The Elementary Education Program prepares candidates to teach students in grades PreK-6. Drawn from research and theories in child development, teaching, and learning, the course work and field experiences prepare teacher candidates to employ an interdisciplinary approach to instruction that reflects an understanding of the diverse nature of learners and their families.

The JMU elementary program seeks to foster in its candidates an empathic understanding of the ways that children are affected by social contexts and by the children's own abilities/disabilities; the knowledge and pedagogical skills to support each child's right to success; and belief in the value of each child. Our candidates are guided in:

The courses in the Elementary Education program are sequentially organized throughout the junior and senior years, and continue in the graduate program. Field experiences are provided along with course work to enable candidates to apply their knowledge in a variety of settings. Candidates must be accepted in teacher education to begin the ELED course work.

Assessment occurs each semester and performance will be reviewed at the end of each semester. Candidates must demonstrate satisfactory performance before moving on to the next semester. Satisfactory performance includes a 2.5 or better in education course work, demonstration of professional behaviors, acceptable performance in practicums and on key assessments.

Candidates in this program must meet with the head of the Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education to declare the minor in elementary education, be assigned a date to start the program and be assigned an adviser in elementary education. A limited number of candidates can start the program each semester, during their first semester of enrollment at JMU.

Recommended Schedule for Elementary Education
Students should take General Education, IDLS requirements and EDUC 360 during their first and second years.

Third Year
Credit Hours
ECED 372. Introduction to Early Childhood Education
3
ELED 308. Child Development: Birth Through Adolescence
3
ELED 310. Considering Diversity in Elementary Education
3
ELED 311. Practicum in Learners and Learning
3
READ 366. Early Literacy Development and Acquisition
3
Major requirements/Electives
15

 
30

 

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
ELED 432. Children and Science
3
ELED 433. Children and Mathematics I: Number, Operations, Algebraic and
3
Geometric Reasoning
ELED 434. Children and Social Sciences
3
ELED 411. Practicum in Curriculum Integration
3
READ 436. Literacy Learning in the Elementary Grades
3
Major requirements/Electives
15

 
30

Graduate Courses
Candidates beginning the graduate portion of the program must meet all Graduate School requirements and criteria for admission; it is expected that students will complete the admission process during their senior year. In addition, students must meet all graduate level graduation requirements.

Graduate Courses
Credit Hours
ELED 501/601. Special Topics
3
ELED 510. Creativity and the Arts
3
ELED 533. Children and Math II: Data, Chance and Space
3
ELED 570. Curriculum Planning, Integration and Learning in the
3
Elementary Classroom
ELED 621. Practicum in Teachers and Learners as Inquirers
2
ELED 622. Seminar: Inquiry Projects
1
ELED 632. Inquiry in Elementary Education
3
ELED 641. Families, Schools, and Communities
2
ELED 690. Internship in Teaching
8
READ 590. Reading Across the Curriculum
3

 
31

Student Teaching
Candidates must apply to student teach one year prior to their student teaching semester. At that time, students must be fully accepted into teacher education, be admitted unconditionally to graduate school and have a 3.0 graduate GPA.

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