Do you dream of introducing the leaders of tomorrow to the joys of learning? The Early Childhood Education major at the University of Central Arkansas is designed to provide you with the skills you need to engage your future students, such as child development, classroom management and behavioral guidance, technology in the classroom, diverse learning populations, literacy, instructional strategies, classroom content, and the methods of friendly and effective pedagogy. We even offer a Special Education emphasis for students who are called to serve children with learning and physical disabilities. Graduates from our program are equipped with the experience and licensure they need to find jobs as teachers for students from preschool to the 4th Grade and as leaders in the education field.
As an Early Childhood Education major at UCA, youll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:
- Expert Faculty who are dedicated to the success of their students and deeply involved in the local public school system. Our instructors provide the foundation of the programs family atmosphere, and dynamic instruction through their backgrounds in terminal and clinical studies, focused in diverse areas of expertise, which they bring to the classroom with experiential teaching methods and opportunities for community engagement, such as internships and undergraduate research.
- Professional Networking with innovators in education through student organizations, such as Teachers United, the Student Council for Exceptional Children, and Kappa Delta Pi, which brings speakers to campus and promotes service learning projects in the local community. These clubs offer students the opportunity to meet and work with teachers and education professionals, local schools, and each other, to build strong social and professional relationships with their peers and future colleagues.
- Hands-On Learning through programs such as our laboratory pre-school and the UCA Mashburn Center for Learning, which provides academic assistance to struggling community students, including the Arkansas Adolescent Literacy Intervention Program. There are field experiences associated with every course. In your junior year, one day a week is devoted to classroom work to help prepare you for full time student teaching in senior year, representing the culmination of your efforts. We also offer two internship tracks, one providing one and a half days per week in classroom work and the other providing student teaching experience every day.
- Employment Opportunities will be available when you graduate. With a highly regarded program and a 99% pass rate on the Praxis II exams, our graduates are well prepared to begin their teaching careers in the Arkansas school system, or elsewhere in the country particularly Texas, where graduates are often given signing bonuses.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Early Childhood Education major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://www.uca.edu/ecse/.