The Pre-K-4 Program is concerned with the education of children from birth to the fourth grade and emphasizes child growth and development at these ages. It coordinates what is known about the child and the environment with sound educational practice. Current research and theory are related to practical application with an emphasis upon field-based experiences.
Early Childhood Education at Kutztown University is a program that offers preparation in early childhood education and in elementary education. A graduate of the program receives certification in Pre-K-4. The Pre-K-4 Program prepares teacher candidates as teachers in infants, toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, and grades one through four in the elementary school.
Required Courses: 120 Credits
Pre-K-4 Early Childhood Course Categories
Child development, Cognition and Learning (Child Development, typical and atypical, birth through age 9; cognition and learning-applied in the classroom)
Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Language Development in Early Childhood, Language development, academic success and learning to read, Math foundations for the preschool years, Early literacy foundations for the preschool years (pk-1), Literacy foundations for the primary grades I (2-4), Differentiated reading instruction for the primary grades: focus on interventions, Math foundations for the primary grades, Social Studies methods, Science methods, Motor Development and Health, Social Development and Arts methods)
Assessment (Assessment Methods I Observation and Informal, Assessment Methods II Summative, Formative, Diagnostic, Benchmark)
Family and Community Collaboration Partnerships (Family and Community Relationships , Family Collaboration Diversity)
Professionalism (Evidenced based practices in pre-K through grade 4 care and education, Advocacy, Collaboration and Cooperative Learning, and Issues and Trends)