Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.) Preschool – Grade 3 Overview

Do you enjoy working with young children ages birth to eight? Do you want to offer high quality educational experiences to young children? If so, SMWC offers two blended programs for you. By blending the developmental courses with the special education courses, you have the opportunity to become dual licensed in preschool to grade 3 and in early childhood special education.

Why Preschool-Grade 3/Mild Intervention at SMWC?

Because you’ll get quality education:

  • Our Preschool – Grade 3/Mild Intervention program is approved by the Indiana Department of Education and meets all of REPA 3 (Rules for Educator Preparation and Accreditation) regulations.
  • You will be afforded several clinical/field experiences culminating in student teaching the last semester of your senior year. Diverse placements will be arranged in private and/or public schools within Indiana or Illinois.
  • Your education will be shaped by veteran educators in the field as well as Education faculty who are accomplished in their area of expertise.
  • Your experience will be enriched by a variety of extracurricular and/or professional development experiences where you will be able to apply your classroom knowledge in real school settings.
  • The learning outcomes for Preschool – Grade 3/Mild Intervention bachelor’s degree are aligned with the 2013 InTASC standards and cover the following domains: learner and learning, content knowledge, instructional practice, and professional responsibility.

Because we offer several advantages:

  • Classes are offered on-campus or online, in traditional 16 weeks or accelerated 8 weeks. Some classes are also offered in an alternative or hybrid format.
  • Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.
  • Advisors are committed to your growth and success.
  • Small class size provides ample opportunities for differentiated instruction, hands-on application, and caring support.
Major

The P-3/MI Program is for students who want a dual license to teach in the public schools in the areas of preschool to grade 3 and mild intervention.
As you approach the 75th credit hour at SMWC, students will be required to demonstrate basic competency with qualifying SAT or ACT (including the essay writing section) scores, a cumulative GPA of 3.0, completion of 40 hours of coursework, and completion of one Tier 2 field experience. A Gateway I interview is held to discuss your philosophy of teaching and what area you want to teach as well as the dispositions you bring to the field. For a complete list of the Gateway I requirements, view the Gateway I process-license track.

 

Education Core Courses

15 credit hours required; All courses listed.

ED 109 Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores philosophical, ethical, historical, and social foundations of education as these approaches relate to educators as change agents in society. Addresses applications in the context of educational communities and emphasizes critical, reflective, values-based, and philosophic decision-making for the development of competent, caring, professionals. Includes an introduction to standards for professional practice and portfolio development. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 115 Introduction to eLearning and Technology in Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepare teacher candidates to use instructional and information technologies to support teaching and learning, manage classroom activities, and enhance scholarship and professional growth. Through hands-on activities, students learn to design and implement technology-supported instruction, launch and maintain online resources, develop multimedia instructional materials, and use technology to communicate, solve problems, and engage in lifelong learning. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 200 Growth and Development
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces study of the life-span development—an exploration of the biological, social and psychological changes that occur from the beginning of life to its end. Observation of children and adults is utilized. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 202 Education in a Global Society
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to create learning environments that respond to changing global attitudes and enhance the strengths and abilities of diverse learners. These learners include, but are not limited to, students from various cultural, racial, ethnic, and social backgrounds; students with differing life and learning styles; students who are gifted/talented; and students with disabilities. Focuses on the development of teachers’ attitudes toward diverse learners and skills in developing and using multiple instructional strategies and adaptations to ensure that all students learn. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED/PS 237 Educational Psychology
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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The study and application of psychological concepts as they apply to teaching and learning from childhood through adolescence. Topics include: learning theory; motivation; physical, emotional and sociological development; individual differences; intelligence; evaluations based on behavioral objectives; and types and uses of standardized tests. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 109 or PS 111.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Developmental Level and Content Courses

51 credit hours

ED 124 Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides an up-to-date comprehensive overview of the field of early childhood and early childhood special education. Pre-service teachers will be introduced to the historic foundations of both fields, discuss disabilities including definitions and intervention strategies, apply developmentally appropriate practices, analyze programs and practices, with an emphasis on the young child and forces/factors that influence learning during the early years of life. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 151 Understanding Mild Disabilities
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides an overview of mild disabilities, including cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, communication disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, physical disabilities, autism, and other health impairments. Major topics include definitions, characteristics, causes, prevalence, evaluation, and service delivery. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 213 Principles of Teaching in Inclusive Settings
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Provides the information and skills early childhood educators need to become nurturing, self-directed, competent teachers. Includes how to relate well to children and adults, organize an environment and design learning experiences which contribute to the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of young children. Provides various methodologies, diagnostic tools, and intervention strategies used with young children with and without developmental delays and disabilities. Emphasizes guided observations and evaluation of all young children, including the development of individualized program for children with developmental delays/disabilities. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 124.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 257 Special Education Law and Procedures
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Presents the history and philosophy of special education, state and federal mandates, and implications for teachers. Includes special education procedures such as collaborating with other professionals, accommodating instruction, writing individualized education plans (IEPs), connecting IEP goals and objectives to state standards, conducting annual case reviews, and conferencing with parents and other professionals. Also discusses current trends and issues in special education. Spring, every year. Prerequisite: ED 151.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 262 Language Arts for the Diverse Classroom
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Examines the importance of the language arts to prepare teacher candidates to help students gain understanding in the artful expression of ideas from a variety of perspectives for living and learning. The course examines reading in relation to literature discussion, critical thinking and writing, self-expression and listening. The course considers presentation through visual representation. Spring, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 264 Reading in the Content Area
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course provides teachers with the tools they need to lay an educational groundwork that promotes students’ success with informational text. Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 262 & ED 261 for Preschool - Grade 3/Mild Intervention, Early Childhood/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention, Kindergarten - Grade 6/Mild Intervention (non-licensure), Special Education Mild Intervention P-12.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 265 Emerging Literacy: Literature and Language Development
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course is the study of developing language abilities in children. Includes overview of child development theory and its relationship to communication skills; effects of environment; and techniques to support a child’s natural process of learning. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 303 Music, Movement, and the Arts
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the value of the arts to all children. This methods course includes dance, movement, music, theatre, visual arts, and physical activities as media for communication, cultural understanding, enhanced motor development, and self- expression. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Course fee. Fall, every year.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 312 Infants and Toddlers
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Prepares teacher candidates to guide the development of children from birth through two years of age. Includes an awareness of the critical interactive role that care providers play in these unique periods of children’s development as well as the pragmatics (e.g., curriculum, licensing requirements) that are required to provide exemplary care for all children, including those in inclusive childcare settings. Fall, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisites: ED 124, ED 200 and ED 213.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 318 Cognitive Inquiry: Math and Science Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the study of cognitive processes of all children ages birth- eight years of age and in inclusive settings. A comprehensive review of historical and current literature concerning cognitive process development is presented and used in the development of experiences, materials, integrated methods, and developmentally appropriate practices for math and science. Course fee. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 320 Project Based Learning: Social Studies Methods
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Cognitive processes are explored through the project approach, providing experiences, materials, integrated methods and developmentally appropriate practices for social studies. Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisites: ED 124, ED 213, ED 250, ED 251 and ED 318.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 327 Teaching Reading and Literature in the Elementary Classroom
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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This course explores traditional and contemporary children’s literature and its role in a diverse elementary classroom. Research-based methods for teaching struggling readers will also be examined. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 367 Guiding Young Children’s Social and Behavioral Development
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Focuses on the influence of emotionality and social relationships on young children’s learning. Teacher candidates will develop skills to help young children self-regulate and manage their own behavior, and understand the impact of their behavior on the social world. Explores the teacher’s role in interfacing with the mental health community. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program. Spring semester.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 375 eLearning and Technology in Education Capstone
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Students will demonstrate a competency of basic technology integration. The course will allow students to explore a variety of opportunities in the field through activities and classroom observations. Students will be required to complete observations and field experiences with children as related to this course and a culminating project related to field experience teaching. Course Fee. Requires Education Department approval, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
ED 416 Early Childhood Program Administration
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Analysis and evaluation of current educational programs for young children with emphasis on designing and developing a program commensurate with the needs of children. Fall, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SC 201 Integrative Science I: From the Big Bang to the Beginning of Life
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the physical and chemical principles underlying the creation of the universe, the formation of the Earth, the composition of the Earth and its atmosphere, changes in the Earth over time, and the formation of conditions for the beginnings of life. Laboratory. Fall, every year. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
SC 202 Integrative Science II: From the Beginnings of Life to the Future of Life
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Explores the biological principles underlying beginnings of life, maintaining life and the future of life in Earth. Examines evolutionary principles as the major framework of biological study. Uses scientific methodology to investigate major biological concepts. Laboratory. Two one-hour lecture and one two-hour lab per week. Course fee. Prerequisite: MA 101 or placement.

Campus & Online 3 Credits

Clinical Experiences

21 credit hours. Must also chose two Supervised Teaching courses.

ED 250 Kindergarten/Mild Intervention
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Teacher candidates complete 60 hours of guided teaching in an integrated kindergarten classroom. Candidates relate principles and theories of education to teaching and explore current issues that affect children’s learning. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 109, ED 124, and ED141.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 251 Primary/Mild Intervention
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Teacher candidates complete 60 hours of guided teaching in an integrated primary (grades 1, 2, or 3) classroom. Candidates relate principles and theories of education to teaching and explore current issues that affect the children’s learning. Requires resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisites: ED 109, ED 124 and ED 141.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 350 Infant/Toddler
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Teacher candidates complete 60 hours of guided teaching in an integrated infant/toddler setting. Candidates relate principles and theories of education to teaching and explore current issues that affect the children’s learning. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Pre-requisite: ED 109, ED124, and ED312.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 351 Preschool
Campus & Online | 2 Credits
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Teacher candidates complete sixty (60) hours of guided teaching in an integrated preschool classroom. Candidates relate principles and theories of education to teaching and explore current issues that affect the children’s learning. Course Fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires admission to the Teacher Education Program, resume, unofficial educational transcripts, and expanded criminal background history. Prerequisite: ED 109, ED124, and ED312.

Campus & Online 2 Credits
ED 450 Seminar in Teaching
Campus & Online | 1 Credit
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Seminar sessions include analysis of student teaching experiences, information about licensure requirements and procedures, and career development. Must be taken concurrently with Supervised Teaching. Course fee. Fall and Spring, every year. Requires Education Department approval.

Campus & Online 1 Credit

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog. Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.