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Department of Early, Elementary and Reading Education

Inclusive Early Childhood Education Master's Level Licensure Program

Birth – Third Grade

The inclusive early childhood program draws heavily from research and theories in child development, family systems, special education, and differentiated teaching and learning. Through course work and extensive field experiences, the teacher candidate is prepared to design activities that have a cross disciplinary 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 these assumptions:

  • Early childhood educators must have a strong liberal education.
  • Early childhood educators should possess a broad range of knowledge that provides a context for understanding individual behavior, family and environmental influences and major social issues in a modern democratic and technological society.
  • Early childhood educators must have professional preparation that develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills to become educational decision makers who consciously choose appropriate curriculum based on an understanding of how children develop and learn.

The courses in the Inclusive Early Childhood Education program are sequentially organized throughout four undergraduate and two 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 "C" or higher in all education course work and an overall 2.5 GPA, demonstration of professional behaviors, and acceptable performance in practica and on key assessments.

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

  • Complete the General Education and degree requirements of the university.
  • Complete a major in IDLS.
  • Meet all admission and retention requirements for teacher education and the IECE program.
  • Complete the 49 credit hour pre-professional program with an overall 2.75 GPA.
  • Be admitted to graduate school.
  • Complete the 30 hour graduate program including student teaching

Candidates in this program must meet with an IECE program adviser to declare the pre-professional licensure program in inclusive early childhood education.

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/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

Requirements    

Credit Hours

General Education requirements1

            41

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Major

            37

IECE Licensure Pre-professional Course Work

            49

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.

Second Year Fall

Credit Hours

EXED 200.Foundations of Exceptional Education

            3

EDUC 300. Foundations of American Education

            3

 

Second Year Spring           

Credit Hours

EDUC 310. Teaching in a Diverse Society

            3

 

Third Year Fall    

Credit Hours

IECE 300. Issues and Trends in IECE

            3

IECE 301. Initial Practicum in IECE

            1

IECE 303. Development of Young Children (Birth-8)

            3

 

Third Year Spring               

Credit Hours

IECE 321. Intermediate Practicum in IECE

            2

IECE 322. Teaching Young Children

            3

IECE 324. Assessment of the Young Child

            3

READ 366. Early Literacy Development and Acquisition

            3

 

Fourth Year Fall 

Credit Hours

IECE 423. Intermediate Practicum in IECE II

            2

IECE 450. Contemporary Family Issues in Inclusive Education

            3

IECE 466. Managing Classrooms and Guiding Behavior

            3

 

Fourth Year Spring            

Credit Hours

IECE 460. Instructional Practices in Numeracy

            3

IECE 461. Advanced Practicum in IECE I

            2

IECE 462.  Instructional Practices in Natural Sciences for Young Children

            3

IECE 464. Instructional Practices in Social Sciences for Young Children

            3

READ 436. Literacy Learning in the Elementary Grades

            3

 

First Graduate Year Fall  

Credit Hours

IECE 612. Effective Teaching in IECE

            3

IECE 613. Advanced Practicum in IECE II

            3

IECE 614. Individualized Behavior Intervention for Young Children

            3

IECE 632.  Creativity and Play

            3

EXED 625.  Medical Aspects Impacting Young Children

            3

 

First Graduate Year Spring             

Credit Hours

IECE 620. Seminar in Inclusive Early Childhood Education Student Teaching

            3

IECE 680. Student Teaching in Inclusive Early Childhood Education

            12

Elementary Education

Pre-Kindergarten 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 cross disciplinary 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:

  • Critically challenging conventional wisdom and common practices to identify hidden assumptions and activities that constrain or privilege some at the expense of others.
  • Learning to ask questions and developing an inquiring approach motivated by the desire to understand the world in its myriad complexities.
  • Reflecting deeply on and constructing positive relationships with others.
  • Expressing knowledge, skills, and attitudes in ways that communicate with others and provide a forum for the creative and academic expression of profession and the self.
  • Developing an appreciation for the global connection of all humanity and our interdependence on the finite, natural resources of the earth.
  • Experiencing life among people whose social contexts are unlike the candidates' own to broaden and deepen respect for and sensitivity to various cultures and social contexts.
  • Knowing and appreciating the process of human unfolding throughout the cycles of life from conception onward, particularly throughout the period of childhood.

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 "C" or higher in all education course work and an overall 2.5 GPA, demonstration of professional behaviors, and acceptable performance in practica 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 ELED courses and be assigned an adviser in elementary education. A limited number of candidates can start the ELED course work each semester.

Recommended Schedule for Elementary Education

Students should take General Education, IDLS requirements, EDUC 300 and EXED 200 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.  Diversity in Elementary Education (with Service Learning)

            3

ELED 311. Practicum in with a Focus on Learners and Learning

            3

READ 366. Early Literacy Development and Acquisition

            3

Major requirements/Electives

            15


            30

 

Fourth Year         

Credit Hours

ELED 411. Practicum in Curriculum Integration & Guiding Behavior

            3

ELED 432. Children and Science

            3

ELED 433. Children and Math I: Number, Operations, Algebraic and Geometric Reasoning

            3

ELED 434. Children and Social  Studies

            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.

Courses

Credit Hours

ELED 510. Creativity and the Arts

            3

ELED 533. Children and Math II: Data, Chance, and Space

            3

ELED 570.  Planning, Instruction, and Assessment in the  Elementary Education Curriculum          

            3

ELED 621. Practicum  with a Focus on Inquiry

            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

Elective

            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.