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Early Childhood Education

St. Ambrose University offers a major in Early Childhood Education (ECE) which fulfills Endorsement 100 from the state of Iowa. This endorsement allows individuals to be licensed to teach children between birth and 8 years-old (birth through third grade) in a variety of settings such as preschools and primary elementary classes. ECE teachers are equipped to address the needs of all children – including those with disabilities and developmental delays – in one unified setting.

St. Ambrose University has its own early childhood learning facility, the Children's Campus, located on the corner of Marquette Street and West Lombard Avenue. The center enrolls children 6 weeks old to 5 years old and is licensed by the State of Iowa.

Degree Requirements

Majoring in Early Childhood Education is equivalent to an Iowa early childhood endorsement. To acquire that endorsement you need to satisfy the following requirements:

EDUC 205 Intro to Teaching, 2 credits or 207 Orientation to Teaching, 1 credit
EDUC 282 Educational Technology, 2 credits
EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Development
EDUC 300 Diversity and Culturally-Responsive Teaching
EDUC 301 History and Philosophy of Education
EDUC 309 Educational Psychology
EDUC 312 Curriculum Development for Young Children (ages 5-8)
EDUC 371 Language Arts and Reading in the Elementary Schools (grades 4-8)
EDUC 452 Diagnostic and Prescriptive Techniques of Teaching Reading, 4 credits
one course in U.S. history or government;
6-7 semester credits in science (biology and natural science).

Two of the following:
EDUC 440 Student Teaching Early Childhood Birth-3
EDUC 441 Student Teaching Early Childhood Ages 3-6
EDUC 442 Student Teaching Early Childhood Ages 5-8
PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology
SPED 310 Inclusion Strategies for Students with Special Needs
SPED 313 Collaboration with Families and Professional
ECSE 204 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECSE 311 Assessment of Young Children
ECSE 321 Management of Young Children
ECSE 410 Infant Toddler Curriculum and Methods
ECSE 420 Development Curriculum and Methods
COMM 325 Introduction to Speech Pathology
ECE 303 Literacy for Young Children
ECE 307 Science for Young Children
ECE 308 Social Studies for Young Children
ECE 350 Math Education for Young Children
ECE 365 Early Childhood Development
ECE 381 Health, Nutrition, and Public Policy

Pre-Student Teaching

A minimum of 215 clock hours of pre-student teaching experiences in a school or agency setting at three different age levels (Birth-3 years-old, 3-6 years-old, and grades K-3) are required before student teaching.

Early Childhood Education majors also must present evidence of current certification in infant, child, and adult CPR and first aid before the student teaching semester.

Specific course information, State of Iowa competencies, and class listings can be found in the Course Catalog.

For More Information

Dr. Sallee Beneke, 563/333-6107

Dr. Brenda Boleyn, 563/333-6103
Debra Brownson, Children's Campus Director, 563/324-2312

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