Bachelor of Science
Early Care and Education (Birth-Grade 2)
THIS IS A LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH ADMISSION RESTRICTIONS.
Admission into this program requires students to submit a complete and official Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator score report that meets the passing scores set by the Delaware Department of Education.
Students who have not taken the Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator should apply to the appropriate parallel Education Studies program. Upon submitting a complete and official Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator score report that meets the passing scores set by the Delaware Department of Education students will be automatically transitioned into the appropriate parallel licensure/certification program.
This program is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
In addition to satisfying general requirements for admission to Wilmington University, effective July 1, 2014, applicants for admission to this degree program are required by state regulation to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge. This program-entry requirement can be met by providing an official score report showing scores (including all sub-scores) on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS # 5712, 5722, and 5732). For complete information about Delaware tests and score requirements for educators, go to this website: regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1510.shtml#TopOfPage Test codes and minimum score requirements for the ETS Core Series are:
|ETS 5712 Reading||156|
|ETS 5722 Writing||162|
|ETS 5732 Mathematics||150|
For more information about ETS exams (including how to register), go to: http://www.ets.org/praxis/
Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Early Care and Education, including both course work and clinical experiences. Teacher candidates starting their program in Fall 2013 or after must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS (core): Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) prior to registration for the first clinical experience, Practicum I (EDU 390 ) and the PRAXIS II test (5024: Education of Young Children) prior to registration for the methods courses (ECE 203 , ECE 204 , and RDG 401 ). Teacher candidates should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time the tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and subscores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle). Teacher candidates are required to register for EDU 102, E-Folio, as the initial course in the program as this course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program competencies. In that course, teacher candidates will learn how to use the E-folio to record their program data. The first course that is required as a pre-requisite for all other education courses is EDU 203 , Instructional Technology. In this course, teacher candidates will learn to use a variety of technological applications and venues to enhance instruction. The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of "C-" for all Education core courses (ECE, EDU, RDG, and EPY).
Please be advised that in order to achieve “Highly Qualified Status” in the state of Delaware for grades K-6, the teacher candidate must also pass the 5001 PRAXIS II: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. This test cannot be used in lieu of 5024: Education of Young Children to fulfill program requirements for Early Child Care and Education.
Field and Clinical Experience Requirements
These courses require 50 hours of field experience in an approved school/clinical placement in addition to the required seminar classes. The 50 hours of field experience will take place in the specific county where the student attends the seminars. A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program as of Fall 2013, passing PRAXIS (core) scores are required.
Internship placements are determined by the Office of Clinical studies in conjunction with school district partnerships. Requirements for Internship include the following: passing PRAXIS (core) and PRAXIS II scores, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) and completed health form.
General Education Requirements (54 credits)
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 320 Advanced Composition
HIS 204 World History
HIS 300 World and Regional Geography
HIS 316 American History
HIS 320 Global Civilizations
MAT 201 Mathematics for Teachers I
MAT 202 Mathematics for Teachers II
MAT 304 Mathematics for Teachers III
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
POL 300 American Politics
SCI 232 Life and Environmental Science with Lab
SCI 305 Earth and Space Science with Lab
SCI 307 Physical Science with Lab
Fine Arts Electives (6 credits from the following):
ART 101 , ART 202 , ART 210, ART 245, ART 301, ART 302 , ART 304 ,ART 310, ART 315; DRA 105, DRA 110, DRA 140, DRA 200, DRA 307, DRA 330; DSN 110 ; MUS 101 , MUS 201; TEC 215;
Behavioral Science Core (12 credits)
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 330 Infant and Toddler Development
PSY 333 Psychology of the Exceptional Child
PSY 336 Child Development
Education Core (30 credits)
ECE 201 Health, Safety, and Nutrition
ECE 202 Professional Issues in Early Childhood
ECE 205 Parent, Family, and Community Interactions
ECE 206 Family Development and Service Systems
ECE 214 Creating Environments for Learning
EDU 102 E-folio Portfolio
EDU 203 (formerly EDU 401) Instructional Technology
EPY 301 Assessment of Exceptional Children and IEPs
EPY 306 Educational Psychology and Assessment
EPY 401 Teaching Diverse Populations/Exceptional Children
RDG 300 Language Development and Early Literacy
Clinical Components (24 credits)
ECE 203 Methods of Teaching Art, Music, and Movement
ECE 204 Integrated Methods: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math
ECE 450 Student Teaching
EDU 390 Practicum I
EDU 391 Practicum II
EDU 392 Practicum III
RDG 401 Methods of Teaching Language/Literacy
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.