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Department of Early and Middle Education

Dr. Ann Marie Leonard, Acting Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

Fairchild, Leonard, Merlin, Ross

Associate Professors

Fuqua, Gill, Green, Shaffer

Assistant Professors

Bafumo, T. Harris, D. Martin, Nelson-Gill, Watson

The Department of Early and Middle Education offers programs in early childhood education and middle education which are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in early and middle education, and to qualify students for initial licensure at the appropriate level in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The department also offers courses in reading education.

The faculty of the department have constructed a framework of both educational theory and practice which gives distinctiveness to these programs. The early childhood program draws heavily from child development research and theories. The preservice teacher is prepared to design activities which have an interdisciplinary focus, are developmentally appropriate and support the young child in constructing knowledge about self and the social and physical environment. The program in middle education acquaints students with the developmental needs of children ages 9 to 14. Study also enables the pre-service teacher to design curriculum activities which are interdisciplinary in nature and relate directly to the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of the age group.

Program in Early Childhood Education

Licensure

(Nursery school and kindergarten
through third grade)

The JMU program to prepare teachers for nursery school through grade three settings is based on these three major assumptions. Professional studies courses are sequentially organized over four semesters to help students develop an understanding of how children learn and interact in classroom settings, and a familiarity with methods and materials appropriate for teaching. Field experiences are provided, along with course work, to enable students to apply this knowledge through participation in a variety of classroom settings.

Students who are recommended for this license must satisfy the following requirements:

Other arts and sciences majors may be selected as appropriate but must be reviewed and approved by the early childhood education coordinator. Depending on the major and degree chosen, the student's program of studies may exceed 120 hours. Students selecting recommended arts and sciences degree programs can secure program guides which include liberal studies, degree, major and program requirements in either the major department or school, or in the Department of Early and Middle Education. Students in this program must declare a minor in early childhood education and have an adviser in the Department of Early and Middle Education in addition to an adviser in the arts and sciences major. A grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission to all courses in the early childhood program.

Student Teaching

Students admitted to student teaching must have gained unconditional admission to teacher education, possess an overall GPA of 2.5, and earned grades of "C" or better in PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development; PSYC 360, Psychology of Early Childhood; EDUC 360, Foundations of American Education; and all courses in the early childhood education program.

Sample Program of Study

The following program sample is intended as a guide for students seeking licensure in early childhood education. The exact program sequence of individual student programs will be influenced by the arts and sciences major, degree requirements and student teaching. The student must complete a program plan with both the major adviser and the education adviser to ensure that individual course prerequisites are met. Additional courses which may be needed to meet degree requirements are not included in this sample program guide.

                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition [1]               6
Fine arts/aesthetics course [1]                        3
History/civilization course [1]                        6
Major requirements                                     3
Mathematics course [1]                                 3
Natural science courses [1]                            6
Oral communications course [1]                         3
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development [1]              3
Literature course [1]                                  3
Major requirements                                    16
Physical education/dance course [1]                    2
Social science course [1]                              3
                                                    ____
                                                      27

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education [2]        3
PSYC 360. Psychology of Early Childhood                3
ECED 365. Study of Teaching in the Early               2
  Childhood Classroom
ECED 366. Laboratory in the Study of Teaching          1
ECED 381. The Child as a Learner                       2
ECED 382. Laboratory in the Child as a Learner         1
ECED 402. The Acquisition of Literacy                  6
ECED 403. Laboratory in Literacy                       1
Major requirements                                    14
                                                    ____
                                                      33

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
ECED 412. Natural and Social Sciences for Young        3
  Children
ECED 413. The Acquisition of Mathematical Concepts     3
ECED 420. Teaching the Young Child                     6
ECED 421. Laboratory in Teaching the Young Child       2
ECED 480. Student Teaching (Kindergarten)              8
ECED 480. Student Teaching (Primary)                   8
                                                    ____
                                                      30
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Notes:
[1]
Liberal studies requirement.
[2]
EDUC 360, Foundations of American Education, fulfills the liberal studies philosophy/religion requirement.

Program in Middle Education

Licensure

(Grades four through eight)

The JMU program to prepare teachers for grades four through eight is based on these three major assumptions: Professional studies courses are sequentially organized over four semesters to help students develop an understanding of how children learn and interact in classroom settings, and a familiarity with methods and materials appropriate for teaching middle grades children. Field experiences are provided, along with course work, to enable students to apply this knowledge through participation in a variety of classroom settings.

Students who are recommended for this licensure must satisfy the following requirements:

Students in this program must declare a minor in middle education and have an adviser in the Department of Early and Middle Education in addition to an adviser in the arts and sciences major. A grade point average of 2.5 is required for admission to all courses in the middle education program.

Student Teaching

Students admitted to student teaching must have gained unconditional admission to teacher education, possess an overall GPA of 2.5 and have earned grades of "C" or better in PSYC 160, Life Span Human Development; PSYC 270, Psychology for Teachers of the Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child; and all courses in the middle education program.

Sample Program of Study

The following program sample is intended as a guide for students seeking licensure in middle education. The exact program sequence and content will be influenced by the arts and sciences major, degree requirements and student teaching. The student must complete a program plan with the major adviser and the program adviser to ensure that individual course prerequisites are met. Additional courses which may be needed to meet specific degree requirements are not included in this sample program guide.

                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition [1]               6
Fine arts/aesthetics course [1]                        3
Literature course [1]                                  3
Mathematics course [1]                                 3
Natural science courses [1]                            6
Oral communication course [1]                          3
Physical education/dance course [1]                    2
Electives                                              2
                                                    ____
                                                      28

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development [1]              3
History/civilization courses [1]                       6
Social science course [1]                              3
Major requirements                                    15
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent Child
MSED 401. The Middle School                            1
MSED 402. Practicum I                                  1
MSED 410. Reading and Communication in                 5
  the Middle School
MSED 411. Mathematics in the Middle Grades             3
MSED 412. Middle School Curriculum                     4
MSED 413. Practicum II                                 1
Major requirements                                    13
                                                    ____
                                                      31

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
MSED 420. Instructional Strategies in the              3
  Middle Grades
MSED 421. Exceptional Learners in the                  2
  Middle Grades
MSED 422. Practicum III                                1
MSED 480. Student Teaching (Grades four or five)       8
MSED 480. Student Teaching (Grades six, seven or       8
  eight)
Major requirements                                     9
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                                                      31
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Notes:
[1]
Liberal studies requirements.


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