The Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Program requires 148 hours of university credits to complete all required courses; 124 Elementary Education Program and an additional 24 hours for the ECU Program. Students proceed through Foundation courses, Instructional Strategies, Assessment, and Management courses, and Student Teaching. Students demonstrate their competence at multiple points in the program through performance-based assessments. As this is a dual licensure program, upon completion of all courses and program assessments, graduates are eligible to apply for both the elementary teaching license (leveled from kindergarten through sixth grade, general education), and the early childhood unified license (leveled from birth through grade 3, and which qualifies individuals for both general education and special education positions).
The completed packet should be submitted to Education Support Services (ESS) the semester before beginning the Teacher Education Program.
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The Early Childhood Unified (ECU) Program is designed to prepare teachers of young children (birth through grade 3). The ECU program develops reflective practitioners who possess theoretical and practical developmental, educational, communicative, collaborative, and family- and child-centered skills. The ECU Program's advisory committee provides continual guidance to the program to assure that all candidates graduate with the belief that: