Major inElementary Education - Pre-Primary Endorsement

Majoring in Early Childhood Education involves the study of pedagogy, or the method and practice of teaching. You’ll develop the skills and insights to become an effective early childhood educator and lifelong learner. You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any teaching career as you take 63 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the early childhood education curriculum meets the Minnesota Department of Education requirements for a teaching credential (passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required).

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Elementary Education - Pre-Primary Endorsement Curriculum Overview

Students who complete this major are eligible to apply to the Minnesota Department of Education for a teaching credential for children birth through grade 3. Passage of standardized examinations of content and pedagogy are also required.

Pre-Primary Endorsement: 19 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECE - 321 Pre-Primary Education 3
ECE - 326 Build Creatve Primry Classroom 3
FAS - 400 Family Systems 4
ECE - 324 Lang Dev & Emergent Literacy 3
ECE - 427 Auth Assess/Guidance in ECE 2
ED - 471 Student Teaching 4

Emphasis is placed on an understanding of history and current trends for three, four, and five year olds in early childhood and kindergarten. The focus of the course includes the development of appropriate learning environments and teaching strategies for skilled, foundational, and impressional treatment of all curricular areas. This course, like all early childhood courses, includes the themes of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, play, behavior guidance and partnerships with parents. This course includes 30 hours of practicum time with young children. (Prerequisite: PSY210)

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Emphasis is placed on an understanding of the history, goals, and current trends in the education of primary children. The focus of the course includes the development of a creative primary learning environment and strategies in achieving the standards set by the State of Minnesota.

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This course is an analysis of the family. It investigates the family as a system of relationships which interacts across the family life cycle. It includes a survey of current developments in the study of the family and an analysis of changes in American society and their influence on family life. Also included is a focus on marriage and family therapy from a systems framework.

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This course is designed to prepare educators and allied professionals to guide young children through the process of language acquisition and emergent literacy. The research and stages of language development from birth through age seven are extensively explored. Literacy strategies are explained, modeled, and experienced. The process of acquiring English as a second language and supportive strategies from adults and peers is also explored. This course, like all early childhood courses, includes the themes of developmentally and culturally appropriate practices, play, behavior guidance and partnerships with parents. Twenty-five hours working with young children is required. (Prerequisite: PSY210)

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Students will examine the various methods of child study, observation, portfolio development, and other authentic assessment strategies as a way to assess children's growth and the development of knowledge and skills. Classroom management strategies will be explored including the effect of classroom practices and learning environments on children's behavior.

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Student teaching provides direct teaching experience for students to develop the understanding, skills, and dispositions necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in classrooms for young children. Typically, students are assigned to work with two cooperating teachers in two different classrooms for one full semester. Seminars are held on campus and a capstone portfolio is required. (Birth-Grade 3 Practicum.)

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Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo Term Faculty of Education

Dr. Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo brings a practical approach to Leadership in Education.

Dr. Sally Baas Director of SEAT Program, Associate Professor of Education

Dr. Baas has devoted her teaching to preparing future educators for diversity in the classroom and developing teaching methods to best serve students of various ethnic backgrounds.

Richard Benson Instructor of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and Teacher Education

Rick has been a faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul since 1999 serving as an Instructor in both the Undergraduate Teacher Education Department and the Kinesiology

Diane Harr Assistant Professor of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education and Chair of Undergraduate/Initial Licensure Programs

Harr coordinates and teaches in graduate special education programs and undergraduate criminal justice.

Donald Helmstetter, Ph.D. Director, Education Doctorate Programs

In addition to his administrative duties at Concordia, Dr. Helmstetter continues to teach leadership courses at the graduate and post-graduate level.

Lonn Maly Dean, College of Education & Science

Lonn Maly is a graduate of Concordia University who worked for 14 years as a teacher and a principal in Lutheran schools in Michigan and Southern California.

Mr. Jerry Robicheau Term Faculty of Education

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn in a series of classes, field experiences and student teaching opportunities that make for an effective blend of theory and practice. Because we design our early childhood education program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career as an early childhood education administrator, early childhood teacher, elementary school teacher (Pre-K through 3 grade), parent educator or early childhood family education educator.

  • Early Childhood Education Administrator
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher (Pre-K-3 grade)
  • Parent Educator
  • Early Childhood Family Education Educator

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