As outlined below, the post-baccalaureate licensure program in early childhood education consists of three components: general education requirements, prerequisites to the professional education sequence, and professional education requirements. The program is designed to prepare college graduates of 4-year institutions with little or no formal course work in education for teaching children ages 3 to 8 (grades pre-k to 3), including children with special learning needs. Graduates of highly specialized undergraduate degree programs (such as music, fine arts, and business administration) may need to complete additional general education requirements in order to qualify for early childhood licensure. Without exception, recommendation for provisional licensure further requires the successful completion of any applicable PRAXIS II examinations prescribed by the State Board of Education.
Portfolio: All teaching license students are expected to maintain a portfolio while completing their professional coursework and field experiences. The portfolio will evolve from a working portfolio to a professional portfolio and finally to an employment portfolio. In it, students are responsible for housing various required and optional artifacts that demonstrate their level of competency in each of the outcomes of their program.
At various portfolio checkpoints, students must meet specific portfolio criteria in order to be eligible to continue to the next phase of their program. For complete information on portfolios, students are strongly encouraged to access the Student Portfolio Handbook available at: http://www.csuohio.edu/cehs/students/portfolios/.
As of Fall semester, 2007, all students entering teacher license programs are required to maintain their portfolios in the Cleveland State University ePortfolio System or TaskStream for CSUTeach students.
A. General Education Requirements
Course work of at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hours, including offerings in composition, mathematics and logic, arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
Equivalent courses taken at other universities may substitute for the following prerequisites pending prior approval of the College of Education and Human Services' Advising Office (RT 1401).
- ART 252 or ART 253 Introduction to Western Art (4 hours)
- EDC 300 Diversity in Educational Settings (3 hours)
- MTH 127 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I (4 hours)
- MTH 128 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II (4 hours)
- MTH 129 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers III (2 hours)
- PSY 220 Child Development (3 hours)
- SPH 229 Speech and Language Development (3 hours)
C. Professional Education Requirements
Course work in education and related professional experiences are included in this area for a total of 75 hours. Because certain courses in this sequence must be taken concurrently or in a prescribed order, students are strongly advised to seek assistance from the college's Advising Office, RT 1401, before registering for classes.
- EDB 200 Teaching as a Profession (2 hours)
- EDB 300 Educational Technology (2 hours)
- EDB 301 Social Foundations of Education (3 hours)
- EDB 302 Psychological Foundations of Education (3 hours)
- ECE 300 Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
- EDL 300 Phonics Assessment and Instruction (3 hours)
- EDL 301 Beginning and Intermediate Reading Instruction and Assessment (3 hours)
- EDL 311 Emergent Literacy (3 hours)
- EDL 312 Literature-Based Reading Methods for Children (3 hours)
Curriculum and Methods
- ECE 401 Developmental Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs (4 hours)
- ECE 402 Teaching Methods in Early Childhood Education (4 hours)
- ECE 403 Teaching Young Children with Mild and Moderate Disabilities (3 hours)
- ESE 415 Assessing Young Children (4 hours)
- ECE 412 Collaboration with Families and Professionals in Early Childhood Settings (4 hours)
- ECE 415 Mathematics Instruction in Preschool and the Primary Grades (3 hours)
- ECE 416 Social Studies Instruction in Preschool and the Primary Grades (3 hours)
- ECE 417 Science Instruction in Preschool and the Primary Grades (3 hours)
- EDC 309 Art Methods for the Classroom Teacher (2 hours)
- MUS 301 Music Fundamentals and Methods for the Classroom Teacher (4 hours)
- PED 316 Health and Physical Education for the Classroom Teacher (3 hours)
- EST 370 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (3 hours)
- EST 480 Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education (10 hours)