The Early Childhood Education Prek-4 certification program at Carlow University focuses on educating children from birth to grade four in any context—preschool, elementary school, child care center, family, or community. The program is rooted in Carlow’s core mercy values and serves as ethical leadership in a diverse and dynamic educational landscape. Students learn how to honor diversity and form strong inclusive relationships between child and caregiver/teacher. They learn that a child’s environment needs to be rooted in trust; physically and psychologically safe. They learn that the caregiver/teacher relationship needs to be collaborative and characterized by advocacy for the child. Principles of child development and constructivist approaches to learning ground the program along with the belief that strong relationships among the child, family, and community form a healthful child who has the necessary foundation to succeed in a 21st century and beyond. The program is grounded in the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, ethical behavior, and professionalism. Competencies for early childhood education are based on current research, Pennsylvania Department of Education’s requirements, child development theory, NAEYC standards and guidelines, and the pedagogy of relationship. This is a program for teachers and caregivers who strive to make the world a better place for children and families.• Only Pennsylvania university to be a CREATE lab satellite. This is a specialized network of professionals committed to "Empower a technologically fluent generation through experiential learning opportunities." Early childhood students learn visual programming through Arts & Bots, explore logical thinking and circuitry through Circuit Blocks, and get the 'big picture' through GigaPan photography• Service learning opportunity working with children experiencing homelessness• Collaborative relationship with the Early Learning Center (Infants and Toddlers) and the Campus School (traditional preschool, Montessori preschool, K - 8) right on campus• Practicum experiences in the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, Children's Museum, NAEYC accredited centers, and school districts in Allegheny County• You become part of a unique learning community in our program committed to a just and merciful world • Early childhood students explore developmentally and responsible ways to integrate technology into the classroom (iPads, virtual and augmented reality apps, Google Cardboard, interactive projectors, etc) • Participates in PA TRAC transfer program• Participates in direct reimbursement of Rising STARS tuition reimbursement program
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL CERTIFICATION STUDENTS: At the end sophomore year, students must officially apply to the department of education through their advisor. In order to apply, students must have 48 credits, have at least a 3.0 GPA; successfully passed SKW 101, SKQ 101, a math course, and a literature course; AND students must also pass the PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) or the CORE ETS Fundamental Skills Tests in reading, writing, and math.
TIMS Website: http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20-%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VwKzUfkrK72