Early Childhood Human Development
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education – Human Development
The Department of Teaching and is committed to preparing qualified Head Start, early learning centers, pre-school program teachers and director in our Early Childhood Education – Human Development Program. This program prepares early learning professionals with skills to manage day to day operations, plan lessons to develop foundational academic knowledge, collect and use data to support learners, and foster the broad range of learning needs for early learners.
The Early Childhood Education – Human Development Program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
The primary objectives of the Early Childhood Program is to prepare teacher candidates who are equipped with knowledge and skills to effectively teach and meet the academic needs of all early learners; as well as to:
- Plan and engage children in activities through exploration, experimentation, and discovery;
- Foster the ability to identify his/her own feelings and how to manage them;
- Establish the awareness and the ability to adjust the changing world in a practical and real-world context;
- Develop an awareness of self and independence within the larger community;
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with peers, teachers, and within the community;
- Plan and implement learning activities to develop effective communication skills;
- Plan and implement culturally relevant lessons to develop
- Early literacy skills; including the alphabet, new words, and story composition,
- Early numeric skill; including numbers, shapes, and problem solving;
- Develop and/or enhance fine and gross motor skills.
Classroom experiences are gained from participation of practical experiences in the School of Education's Professional Development Schools (PDS).