Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in various settings serving prekindergarten through grade four. Students experience multiple field experiences to ensure a strong foundation of applied skills as well as knowledge of child development, best practices, and content.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Early Childhood Education is to offer educators and educators-in-training a planned program of study focusing on the developmental and educational needs of young children. The program of study outlines herein leads to the successful completion of the graduate degree. This is not a "program of study" leading to initial teaching licensure.
Early Childhood Education - Special Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in grades prekindergarten through grade four who may exhibit developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities. Students are prepared to teach in varied classroom settings: regular, inclusive, and resource settings.
Early Childhood Services
The Master of Science in Early Childhood Services degree is a professional degree designed for individuals employed by agencies other than public schools that provide services directly or indirectly for young children. The individuals who work in these roles neither need nor desire licensure for public school teaching; therefore, there is no licensure requirement for entry into this program.
Middle Childhood Education
The Middle-Childhood Education program is designed to prepare teachers to teach in grades 4-8 as a mathematics and science or as an English/language arts and social studies specialist and in grades four through six as a self-contained generalist.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Reading is to offer educators and educators-in training a planned program of study focusing on skills and techniques of teaching reading including the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S) degree with a major in Reading offers educators an opportunity to expand their knowledge of reading Instruction and literacy leadership beyond the Master’s level.
Teaching Licensure (Middle Childhood)
The purpose of this program is to provide an additional quality pathway to AR teacher licensure for our region and state. Individuals seeking to enter public school teaching with bachelor’s degrees are eligible to earn initial licensure through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The MAT includes Teacher Education core courses along with specialized courses to create a Masters Program for initial licensure in Early Middle Childhood Education.