The success of a child’s development can largely be attributed to the success or failure of their early educators. Teachers are responsible for understanding the importance of a healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging environment. Understanding the needs of each individual child is vital, as is championing a collaborative partnership between families, communities, and schools. Integrate play, movement, inquiry, technology, artistic expression, time in nature, and collaborative problem-solving to develop dynamic, inclusive lessons that build on the strengths of your students.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
The universal preschool movement will increase the demand for certified early childhood educators. Our program emphasizes a play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum.
You will take a combination of courses in early childhood development and education, plus teacher preparation courses and internships to prepare you for teaching children birth to grade 2.
Our teacher certification programs follow an integrated learning educational model. You’ll be able to design a curriculum around interdisciplinary themes using real-life experiences. Embed reading and math instruction into your thematic lessons by using cutting-edge methods that also honor the natural rhythms of child development. Ultimately, you’ll create a community of learners that honors diversity and fosters belonging.