Bachelor of Science in Education – Early Childhood Education [EC-6]

Overview

Prepare for a career teaching early childhood through grade 6 with a degree in early childhood education. Work closely with faculty who are committed to improving teaching and learning for all students. Students enjoy participating in integrated coursework blocks and field-based instructional applications in both public and private schools. All students learn to teach in diverse early childhood settings, which include students with special needs and second language learners.

Academics and Curriculum

The BS in Early Childhood Education will equip you with the skills to create culturally relevant curriculum and innovative learning environments, and to motivate and manage your own classroom. Student experiences include both educational theory and practice. You will take a range of course work including:

  • Child Development
  • Educational Psychology
  • Assessment and classroom management
  • Early childhood curriculum courses in mathematics, social studies, reading and science

As an Early Childhood Education major, you will choose from three certification area options:

  • Generalist EC-6 with English as a Second Language (ESL) – This option is designed for students who will teach in diverse early childhood settings including English as a second language classrooms.
  • Generalist EC-6 with Special Education – This option is designed for students who wish to teach in special education settings.  Students must pass the Generalist EC-6 Content Exam and Special Education Supplemental Exam.
  • Generalist EC-6 with Bilingual Education – This option is designed for students who wish to teach in bilingual (Spanish) settingsStudents wishing to pursue this degree option must demonstrate their proficiency in Spanish as a condition for admission to the College of Education. Student must pass state required examinations, including the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test.

In addition to traditional coursework, you will also gain extensive experience in schools with diverse student populations:

  • Field-based experiences begin your first-semester. You will visit classrooms and observe teachers at local schools to better understand what it takes to be a teacher in diverse educational settings. You will be able to connect with teachers, school administrators, parents and students.
  • Volunteer at one of our lab schools.You will have the opportunity to volunteer and work with children with special needs and learning differences at our on-campus laboratory schools-Starpoint and KinderFrogs.
  • In your final semester, you will participate in full-time clinical (student) teaching.  During this time, you will be fully engaged as a co-teacher in a local public or private school. With the guidance of your mentor teacher and supervisor, you will gain firsthand experience managing a classroom, large and small group teaching, lesson planning, and motivating your students to learn. You also have the option to teach abroad for three weeks.

Admissions

Step 1: Apply to TCU
The TCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions oversees the application process required for the university. A student must be accepted to TCU before applying to the College of Education (COE).

Step 2: Apply to the College of Education Teacher Education Program
Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate must declare Education as their major or minor and formally apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program in the College of Education. Students apply to the Teacher Education Program when they have 54 hours toward their degree.

Eligibility requirements for the Teacher Education Program at TCU are outlined in the TCU Catalog or can be found here. Please note that all applicants must be enrolled at TCU at the time of program application. For more information, please see the Undergraduate Admissions Requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • March 1 for fall admission (starting in August)
  • October 1 for spring admission (starting in January)

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