The early childhood education program includes study and practice of specialized teaching methods appropriate for young children and a broad range of content preparation.

early education student with childAt Lander, we work closely with public school officials to maintain a curriculum that enables you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of teaching. As a student in our teacher education program, you'll take a sequence of courses from general education, specialized content, professional education and a series of field experiences that culminate with student teaching.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Lander’s conceptual framework for teacher education. The framework is built on the conceptual model of the “Professional Educator” as one who demonstrates these Learner Outcomes: 

The Professional Educator

  1. integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students;
  2. plans, provides, and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards;
  3. communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions; and
  4. engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

HIST 101HIST 102HIST 111HIST 112HIST 121 or HIST 122 3
Behavioral and Social Perspectives 3
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0

EDUC 309

3

PEES 175

2
PEES 176 1
Approved General Education Electives2

4

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Section 1. Courses in Section 1 can be taken by students with Initial Status*  
EDUC 106 0.5
EDUC 210 3
MATH 203 3
Section 2. Courses in Section 2 can be taken by students with Provisional Status*  
EDUC 204 3
EDUC 206 0.5
EDUC 207 0.5
EDUC 223 3
ECED 222 3
SPED 223 3
MONT 474 3
Section 3: Professional Education Content Preparation; courses in Section 3 must be taken together by students with Formal Status*  
EDUC 300 3
EDUC 302 3
EDUC 306 3
EDUC 345 3
ECED 227 3
ECED 307 3
ECED 322 3
ECED 323 3
ECED 329 2
ECED 405 3

Section 4: Professional Education Yearlong Internship; courses in Section 4 must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence. Successful completion of PRAXIS II is required for enrollment in these course.

Fall Semester Courses:

 
ECED 429 6
ECED 427 3
SPED 321 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
Spring Semester Courses:  
EDUC 461 11
EDUC 499 1
   
Total Major Requirements 75.5
Additional Electives 3
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120.5

*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.

 

  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses

 

Student Eligibility

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12:

Initial Level (First Year)

  1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction.
  2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year)

  1. Complete Initial Level requirements.
  2. Complete a SLED check.
  3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score.
  6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio.
  7. Gather and submit references.
  8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty.
  9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

Formal Level (Third Year)

  1. Complete Provisional Level requirements.
  2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony.
  5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year)

  1. Complete Formal Level requirements.
  2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester.
  3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program.
  4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels.
  5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of “B” or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).
  6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II.
  7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT.
  8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.