The student who desires to be an early childhood teacher must remain in good standing in the Teacher Education Program and complete the program outlined below which will satisfy requirements for the bachelor of science degree or the bachelor of arts degree, provided that the foreign language requirement is fulfilled. Satisfactory completion of the program will also make the individual eligible for the Standard Instructional License in the state of Indiana provided that the individual satisfies all test requirements. Upon completion of this degree, the holder will be able to work with children in the preschool setting, and can be licensed to teach children in the kindergarten and primary grade levels.
General Education and Additional Subject Matter (60 hours minimum):
The student will complete the Indiana State University Basic Skills and Liberal Studies component of the General Education Program.
The following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above as either a part of the Indiana State University General Education Program or in addition to it.
An approved geography course
Approved course from chemistry or geology or physics
Approved course from life sciences
Approved course in liberal studies at the 300/400 level
A grade of C or better is required in each course as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.5. Field experiences are required of all courses.
The early childhood education component consists of a sequential course work integrated into clusters. Students are encouraged to complete each cluster before they take the subsequent cluster courses. Early and continuous experiences with children in preschool and school settings are included throughout the early childhood education component.
A grade of C or better is required in each course as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
The professional education component consists of a sequential pattern of course work integrated into blocks. Each subsequent block has the previous block as prerequisites. Early and continuous experiences with children in school settings are included throughout the professional education component.