Preschool-Grade 3 Education-Option

This option prepares students to work with children in early childhood centers, hospitals and social service agencies. It provides the student with approved academic training for group teacher positions in state-licensed day care facilities. With the addition of one year’s work experience, some of which can be completed through field placements, the student receives recognition by the state as a group teacher. The option also provides a foundation of courses suitable for students interested in certification in early childhood education at the bachelor's degree level.

Note: If placed into required Basic Skills courses, review enrollment policies on the Basic Skills page.

For further information about this degree, contact faculty advisor, Lisa Stein, at       (609) 343-4960 or lstein@atlantic.edu.

Upon Completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Analyze major theories of child development with emphasis on similarities and differences and the interaction of the four learning domains and models from infancy through age eight;
  • Evaluate family and community characteristics in relation to their role in the economic, political and cultural institutions of society;
  • Apply the goals, benefits and uses of assessment using observation, documentation and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches;
  • Recognize and apply effective approaches, strategies and tools to positively influence children’s development and learning;
  • Articulate and uphold ethical standards and other professional guidelines and engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession;
  • Document children’s development and apply the documentation to curriculum development.
Courses Credits
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
When a General Education course is not specified, refer to the list of approved General Education courses.
ENGL101-Composition I
3
ENGL102-Composition II
3
COMM110- or COMM120
3
MATH220-Statistical Methods
4
General Education Science course (life science, BIOL course)
4
General Education Science course (physical science, CHEM, ESCI or PHYS)
4
EDUC/PSYC110-Child Development: Theory and Practice
4
SOCL101-Principles of Sociology
3
Choose ARTS103, ARTS108, ARTS109, ARTS115, DANC170, MUSC100, SPAN11, or THEA110. (Select SPAN111 if you plan to transfer to Rutgers)
3

General Education Humanities course

   (Select SPAN112 if you plan to transfer to Rutgers)

3
Choose ENGL104, ENGL201, ENGL205, ENGL206, ENGL213 or ENGL214
3
Choose two: HIST101, HIST102, HIST103 or HIST104
6
Choose GEOG102 or GEOG110
3
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS
46
PROGRAM COURSES
CISM290-Instructional Technology for Teachers
3
EDUC101-Historical Foundations of American Education
3
EDUC103-Roles of the Early Childhood Professional
2
EDUC115-Planning the Preschool Curriculum
3
EDUC130-Early Childhood Practicum
3
EDUC/PSYC213-Educational Psychology
3
EDUC/PSYC226-Psychology of Exceptionality
3
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS REQUIRED
20
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
66
(EDUP) EFFECTIVE FALL 2014