Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education

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Graduate students Ashley Miller and Erika Paz engage in some interactive play.

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Graduate students Betty Brown and Ashley Miller get a closer look at their world with 2nd grader, Youngmin Lee.

GRADUATES ARE QUALIFIED FOR A VARIETY OF CAREERS.

  • Graduate in four years with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies 
    • Teach children in Head Start or a child care program.
  • Continue for a fifth year to earn a Master of Science degree in Education
    • Be an early interventionist, working with children under the age of 3 with disabilities and their families.
    • Teach children in kindergarten, first, second, or third grade.
    • Teach children, ages 3-4 with disabilities, in a public school.

Progress sheets for Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Preparation Program can be found on the College's Center for Academic Advising and Student Support page. Select the academic year and then choose Early Childhood (preK-3)/Early Childhood Special Education (birth-age 5) five-year program.

Competencies

Competencies in the IDEC Program include the following areas:

  • Child Development
  • Infant & Toddler Focus
  • Young Children with Special Needs
  • Preschoolers and Primary Grade Children
  • Environmental Settings
  • Special Medical and Health Needs
  • Individual Child and Family Plans
  • Relationships with Diverse Families
  • Guidance and Behavior Management
  • Assessment and Documentation of Progress
  • Instruction and Adaptations
  • Urban and Rural Settings
  • Collaboration with Professionals
  • Mentor Paraprofessionals and Volunteers
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Models in ECE and ECSE

Accreditation

The early childhood/early childhood special education program is accredited by the following organizations:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges (SACS)

Teaching License Eligibility

Students who graduate with their bachelor's degree will be eligible for the Virginia early childhood special education licensure (birth through age 5). Those who go on for their 5th year master's degree will be eligible for the Virginia Prek-3rd grade teaching licensure.

 

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West Virginia

 Wyoming

Required Testing

Students who only want the Virginia early childhood special education licensure (birth through age 5) should take and pass the Praxis Core Math and the Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA). Those who will continue their education for the 5th year master's degree and eligiblity for the Virginia Prek-3rd grade teaching licensure should pass those same tests and the Praxis II Elementary Education (all sections) and the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE) assessments.

Note: You should have passing scores on each of these tests turned in to Radford University’s Teacher Education Field Experience Office in early spring of your junior year. Information is available regarding passing score requirements. 

MEET THE PROFESSORS

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Dr. Sharon Gilbert

Early Intervention Specialist

(540) 831-7717

sgilbert13@radford.edu

I love feeling like I make a difference in my students' lives and helping them to make a difference in their students' lives.

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Dr. Kathy Hoover

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

(540) 831- 5313

kahoover@radford.edu

Teaching students how to do what is best for children and their families is the best job in the world!

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Dr. Boyoung Park

Head Start and Child Care Specialist

(540) 831- 7118

bpark3@radford.edu

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. ~Confucius