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Birth-Kindergarten Education.

B.A.E. Degree in Education

Early Childhood Preschool Education Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE) 

help grow future generations with The bachelor of arts in Birth-Kindergarten Education 

The Catawba College Birth-Kindergarten program for Early Childhood Education prepares you for being a teacher of young children. One of the most exciting and fulfilling careers is teaching birth to kindergarten age children through preschool education. What you can do with an early childhood education degree is teach and grow our future. Helping children grow in the classroom is why teachers teach.

Admission to the Birth-Kindergarten Education major at Catawba requires a North Carolina A.A.S. in Early Childhood or an equivalent associate’s degree in preschool education. The normal timeframe to complete your bachelor’s in preschool and early childhood is two years, but it can be completed faster if you have additional coursework or want to accelerate your studies. We have small classes in the evening and many of our courses are online if you prefer less time in the classroom.co-segs1.jpg

One way to reduce how long it takes to graduate is to take advantage of our tuition remission program while a student in your A.A.S. in Early Childhood. Taking up to four free courses while earning your associates can save thousands of dollars and help you graduate sooner.

The Bachelor of Arts in Education for Birth-Kindergarten children will increase your understanding and skill in the classroom, providing you new tools to help manage the classroom and help each child reach his or her potential. You will learn proven techniques for working with newborns, infants, toddlers, and preschool children, up through kindergarten. Most of our students are working adults already employed in a childcare environment and are able to use new ideas and methods on the job the next day. You will gain job skills in infant and childhood development, improving your resume for promotion in the classroom.

The Birth-Kindergarten program for Early Childhood Education at Catawba College has two concentrations:

Licensure Concentration
Catawba’s BK Degree can lead to a recommendation for North Carolina teaching license so that a graduate can be a lead teacher in a classroom. Licensure students are required to complete a 600-hour supervised student teaching experience in a birth-kindergarten classroom to meet NC licensure requirements. Most students complete the student teaching in the same classroom where they are employed; our program coordinator will work with you and your employer on your student teacher placement during your senior year. Our program coordinator will help B-K program students who cannot complete student teaching at their own place of employment make alternative arrangements.

Non-Licensure Concentration
A non-licensure path is available for those birth-kindergarten students who do not want or cannot meet the requirements for teacher licensure. Non-licensure early childhood education majors complete a 180–hour supervised internship experience in a classroom or other approved environment. Most students complete the internship at their current place of employment, and our program coordinator will work with you to plan your placement during your senior year.

 
early childhood PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

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Catawba College has an on-site learning lab to help B-K preschool education students gain new classroom skills, and employed early childhood education degree students use their current classroom as an extension of the Catawba College classrooms. Catawba College in Salisbury also has an education library to help early childhood education majors prepare for Praxis Core testing. 

Catawba’s Teacher Education program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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Scholarships & Aid.

Many students wonder how to pay for a degree in birth-kindergarten early childhood education degree. Along with a full range of financial aid, North Carolina T.E.A.C.H. provides early childhood education scholarships for many active preschool and kindergarten teachers, both those employed at T.E.A.C.H. partners and those who are employed in non-partners. The low tuition at Catawba College in the evening and online program combined with federal and state financial aid, plus T.E.A.C.H. funding, allows many B-K degree students to earn their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with minimal to no out-of-pocket cost.

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Student Teaching Experience.

Licensure students in the BK Degree program are required to complete a 600-hour student teaching experience to meet North Carolina licensure requirements. Non-licensure students will complete a 180–hour internship experience in a classroom or other approved environment.

Catawba College Evening Students
Internships in Early Childhood Education.

Non-licensure early childhood education majors at Catawba College will complete a 180–hour supervised internship experience in a classroom or other approved environment. Most students complete the internship at their current place of employment, and our program coordinator will work with you to plan your placement during your senior year.

Catawba College Evening Students
Flexibility & Support.

We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Our early childhood education degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. The Catawba College early childhood education degree is designed to give you valuable skills and a strong resume for career advancement. Our Office of Career Services can assist you with your resume to showcase your current employment and your coursework. 

Catawba College Evening student graduate
Catawba@CPCC

Catawba College helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn their Bachelor of Arts for Early Childhood Education degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

Outcomes

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EARLY CHILDHOOD DEGREE CAREERS.

Graduates earning licensure through the Early Childhood Preschool Education degree at Catawba College are ready to be lead teachers in any birth-kindergarten classroom. 

Most of our BK degree students are already employed in a childcare environment and are able to use the new ideas and methods learned in class on the job right away. This equates to gaining instant job skills in infant and childhood development and improving your resume for promotion in the classroom.

 

 

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Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A.E. in Education
Required Courses for B.A.E. in Education

To enter the licensure concentration, the student must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Requirements for admissions include:

  • A recommendation by their major advisor;
  • A 2.75 overall academic average on Catawba coursework;
  • Passing scores on all sections of Praxis Core Academic Series or a composite score as determined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction;
  • An acceptable criminal background history.

Application for admission to Teacher Education to complete Student Teaching must be made by the beginning of the semester prior to the semester in which the student teaching is to be done. The student must have a 2.75 academic average to be admitted to Teacher Education and therefore to student teaching and must complete the licensure program with a 2.75 or better GPA to be recommended for a North Carolina teaching license.

A.A.S. Required Courses Total

- EDU 119 Early Childhood Education (4)
- EDU 131 Children, Family, & Community (3)
- EDU 144 Child Development I (3)
- EDU 145 Child Development II (3)
- EDU 146 Child Guidance (3)
- EDU 151 Creative Activities (3)
- EDU 153 Health, Safety, & Nutrition (3)
- EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities (3)
- EDU 259 Curriculum Planning (3)

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Required Catawba Courses Total

- EDUC 2280 Educational Assessment (3)
- EDUC 3300 Curriculum Methods: Preschool & Kindergarten (4)
- EDUC 3301 Curriculum Methods: Infants and Toddlers (3)
- EDUC 3550 Education Psychology (3)
- Concentration (15)

LICENSURE
- * EDUC 4000 Student Teaching (Birth-Kindergarten) (15)

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NON-LICENSURE
- EDUC 4004 Internship (Birth-Kindergarten) (9)
- Electives selected from: ACC 1901,1902; BIOL 1120; MGT 2453,2501,2564, 2566, 2601, 2602; SOC 1301;SPAN 2051,2052 (6)

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*Permission of Teacher Education Council Required

 
Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

EDUC 2280 - Educational Assessment
The development, evaluation, and application of psychological tests and procedures in the measurement of intelligence, aptitude, vocational interest and personality. Prerequisite: MATH 1132.

EDUC 3300 - Curriculum Methods: Pre-School and Kindergarten
The exploration, analysis, and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to preschool-age and kindergarten children with and without disabilities. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course.

EDUC 3301 - Curriculum Methods: Infants and Toddlers
The exploration, analysis, and evaluation of curriculum and methodology related to infants and toddler children with and without disabilities. Field-based experiences are an integral part of the course.

EDUC 3550 - Educational Psychology 
The application of psychological concepts, theory, research and methods to the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective instruction in school and non-school settings.

EDUC 4000 - Student Teaching and Seminar: Birth - Kindergarten (15 hours)
A full semester of supervised student teaching in an appropriate school setting under the direction of a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. Prerequisites: Senior Classification, a 2.75 cumulative grade point average, recommendation of the advisor, and application to and approval of the Teacher Education Council. (S-U grading).

EDUC 4004 - Internship and Seminar in Early Childhood Education (9 hours)
A full semester of practical field experience related to Early Childhood Education under the direction of a site supervisor and a college supervisor. Conferences and seminars required. This course is not designed to fulfill teacher licensure requirements. Students seeking B-K licensure in North Carolina should enroll in EDUC 4000. Prerequisites: Senior classification, a 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and recommendation of the advisor. (S-U grading).


Other Courses

See the Catawba College catalog for descriptions of Business electives and General Education courses.