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2018-2019 Shepherd University Catalog 
2018-2019 Shepherd University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Education Comprehensive, B.A.

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The purposes of early education specialization are:

  1. To promote teachers who are reflective problem solvers in the daily workplace of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms;
  2. To promote teachers who plan and implement a learning environment responsive to the social and psychological conditions which characterize their school, the community and the homes of their students;
  3. To promote a strong background in child development and related pedagogical practices;
  4. To provide teachers with a wide range of developmentally appropriate teaching methodologies and strategies across many content areas;
  5. To promote practice based on careful observation of children’s learning and social interactions within both learning and home environments;
  6. To promote a broadly based understanding of early education and its place and function in society; and
  7. To promote a desire for continued investigation of the teaching/learning dialectic beyond the undergraduate preparation.

Curriculum for a Major in Early Education

Specific Core Curriculum requirements, 9 Hours:

Professional Studies Core for Early Education

Specialty Studies for Early Education

Required Courses, 15 Hours:


Electives:  Students are encouraged to select upper-division (300-400 level) courses for electives.  The variety of options for courses can be discussed with an advisor.

Other Requirements: The Department of Education has the responsibility for both the professional studies and specialty studies components of the early education specialization, so the student’s advisor will be from the department. Students should consult the early education specialization handbook for the most up-to-date policies, procedures, and requirements for this specialization.

Contact: Department of Education, Knutti Hall 108, 304-876-5305.

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