Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a degree program for undergraduate students at USCB who are seeking South Carolina teaching certification in grades Pre-K-3. Early childhood education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical experiences in child care settings, Head Start centers, Montessori schools, and local public schools. This program provides students with a broad academic background and the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work with young children, ages birth through eight.
The early childhood education program is a 120 semester-hour program. All students seeking to complete the B.A. in Early Childhood Education degree must be formally admitted into the Professional Program when they have completed a minimum of 46 semester hours, 30 of which must be completed at USCB, and met other requirements. The Pre-Professional and Professional Program sequence for early childhood education requires 67 hours of coursework focused on the development of pedagogical and content knowledge.
The curriculum focuses on instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of child growth and development, unique learning needs of exceptional students, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood. The program has embedded field, practica, and clinical experiences throughout the coursework. In addition, the early childhood curriculum aligns with the conceptual framework, the Constructivist Educator, and prepares USCB's graduates to work with young children of varied cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds in the global community.
The Department of Education is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In August 2013, USCB's Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education program received "National Recognition" by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), This recognition is also part of the NCATE accreditation requirements.