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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Contact
Gale McFedries, M.Ed.
Teacher Certification Officer
Madame Cadillac Bldg., Rm. 223
Phone: 313.927.1457
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Michigan Middle School and High School Special Education teachers completing the Marygrove MAT with a Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment focus may use their degree as a demonstration of competence and evidence that they are highly qualified for their teaching assignment.

Programs Offered
Provisional Teacher Certification: Elementary
Provisional Teacher Certification: Secondary
Professional Certification
Certification For Post-degree Students

Potential Careers
K-12 teaching opportunities in public, private and other schools.
Special Education-Learning Disabilities
K-12 teaching
Early Childhood Education (Pre-K) teaching.

Faculty
Steffanie Bowles, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Dalton, SSJ, Ph.D.
Vivian Johnson, Ph.D.
Chukwunyere Okezie, Ph.D.
James Rivard, Ed.D.
Eugene Shaw, Ph.D.
Chenfeng Zhang, Ph. D.

Mission Statement
The mission statement of the Education Unit articulates specifically the relationship of the general mission of the College and that of teacher preparation. It reads as follows:

The Marygrove College Education Unit collaborates in preparing undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions of exemplary educators. We are committed to developing reflective, life-long learners who value diversity and whose educational practices are integrated and grounded in research and theory.

 

Details

Early Childhood Education Overview

Bachelor of Arts, Early Childhood Education Minor
The Early Childhood Education (ECE) minor is done in conjunction with the Teacher Certification Program, along with a major leading to Elementary Level teacher certification (Language Arts, Integrated Science, Math, or Social Studies). The successful graduate will qualify for the endorsement in Early Childhood Education being added to an Elementary Level (K-8) teaching certificate. This added endorsement recognizes the graduate as a specialist for Kindergarten and primary level teaching in elementary schools.

BACHELOR OF ARTS, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION MINOR Plus TEACHER CERTIFICATION (ZA endorsement)
A. General Education Requirements
See Undergraduate Catalog

B. Required Major Courses - Certifiable Major
Student must complete a certifiable elementary major from the list in the Teacher Certification section of this catalog, and must fulfill all Teacher Certification Program requirements. Early Childhood Education minor coursework is listed below.

C. Required Courses for Early Childhood Education Minor
EDU 205 Children's Literature
ECE 223 Young Child Guidance and Parent Advocacy
ECE 350 Play Theory and Aesthetics
ECE 333 Math/Science Methods for Early Childhood
ECE 375 Literacy Methods for Early Childhood Education
ECE 433 Young Child Assessment
ECE 456 Language Development and Disorders
ECE 499 Student Teaching: Preschool

D. Early Childhood Electives
(Select minimum of one course)
ECE 326 Administration of Developmental Centers
-OR-
BIO 141 Nutrition through the Life Cycle

E. Required Elementary Level Professional Education Courses:***
EDU 203 The Teaching Profession
EDU 240 Developmental Psychology
EDU 241 Educational Psychology
EDU 275 Foundations of American Education
SED 250 Education of the Exceptional Learner
EDU 324 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 330 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 344*** Methods for Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
EDU 348 Teaching Writing and Speaking in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom
EDU 354*** Methods for Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
EDU 364A*** Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts
EDU 364B*** Methods in Elementary Reading: Practicum
EDU 374*** Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science
EDU 499 Student Teaching

***Generally offered once per academic year

Students must also complete each field-based experience and practicum as required in Professional Education Courses. Additional courses and requirements for admission and completion may be required with changes in Divisional policies and/or State of Michigan certification rules.

Early Childhood Education Course Descriptions

EDU 203 The Teaching Profession 3 hours
Not offered Summer Term; Prerequisites: LS 105, ENG 107
Exploration of attitudes, perspectives and skills crucial to the growth of the developing teacher. A lab experience in an elementary or secondary school is integral to the course.

EDU 240 Developmental Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205
Human development and factors that influence it with particular emphasis on infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

EDU 241 Educational Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 203, EDU 240 or 343
Introductory course in the psychology of learning and teaching (Grades K-12), emphasizing mental abilities, individual differences, motivation and application of psychological theory and research in learning. Appropriate laboratory experiences.

SED 250 Education of the Exceptional Learner 3 hours
Prerequisites: None
An overview of the legislative rules and policies for children and youth with exceptional needs, including those with disabilities, the gifted and talented, and those with cultural
and linguistic differences. Development of an awareness of the characteristics indigenous to exceptional students and their relationship to teaching methodologies in the least restrictive environment. Concepts of inclusion. Observation in special settings that service exceptional children mandatory.

EDU 324 Principles of Classroom Management 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 241
Analysis and discussion of the social and psychological dimensions of classroom environments: the design and implementation of effective instruction‚ roles of teacher and students in group dynamics‚ techniques for management and design of classroom instruction and student behavior. Techniques for developing effective communication with parents and community. Selected observation opportunity.

EDU 330 Technology in the Classroom 3 hours
Prerequisites: None
Use multimedia as a teaching tool. Develop a plan of action integrating technology in support of instruction/learning. Explore, evaluate, and use technology to accomplish learning tasks independently and cooperatively. With appropriate field based experiences.

EDU 340 Technology Tools for Teachers 3 hours
Prerequisites: None
Applies appropriate technologies to critical thinking, creative expression and decision-making skills. Evaluates the societal and environmental impacts of technology.

EDU 343 Adolescent Psychology 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205
Physical, psychological and social factors in personality development from the preadolescent through the late-adolescent period. Problems of adjustment, achievement of identity, and acceptance of the adult role.

EDU 344 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 241; Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program
Techniques for teaching mathematics including K-8. Emphasis is on developing concepts through understanding, discovery, problem solving, observing patterns and relationships, and meeting the individual needs of children of various abilities and experience levels. Appropriate field based experiences.

EDU 347 General Secondary Methods 3 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program.
Techniques for developing lesson plans, unit plans and course overviews which incorporate objectives, evaluation and a variety of teaching-learning strategies. Field experiences and simulations in lesson presentation and classroom management. Appropriate field based experience.

ENG 348 Methods of Teaching Writing and Speaking, K-12 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108.
An introduction to the theories and practices of teaching written and oral literacies at the elementary and secondary levels.

EDU 354 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Social Studies
3 hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program.
Combination of theoretical and practical models, grades K-8, providing multicultural approaches to activities, materials, and resources necessary for teaching social studies. Appropriate field based experience.

EDU 357 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading 3 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program.
Analyzes the variations in vocabulary, format, comprehension, and study procedures in various content areas and develops teaching strategies for improving basic reading skills and reading proficiency. Addresses adapting content instruction to meet the needs of middle school and secondary school students with reading problems. Appropriate field based experiences.

EDU 364A Methods for Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts 3 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program.
Addresses the reading, writing, listening, and speaking processes in literacy development. Presents and examines teaching strategies and materials that support integrated language arts instruction. Strategies for organization and management of classroom reading programs providing for individual differences in grades K-8 are developed. Related software applications will be explored. Guided observation and field-based experience.

EDU 364B Methods for Elementary Reading: Practicum Strategies 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 364A; Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program.
Strategies for developing and implementing detailed lesson plans based on a diagnostic-instruction model for both developmental skills in reading and reading in the content areas. First half of the course will prepare the student for field-based experience. Peer, instructor, and self-evaluation of lessons.

EDU 374 Methods for Teaching Elementary and Middle School Science 3 hours
Prerequisites: EDU 241; Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program
Methodology appropriate for teaching scientific concepts. Also teaching demonstrations, projects, daily and unit planning. One field trip. Extensive use of A/V media in Marygrove’s Library Resources Room. Emphasis on content and methods for grades K-8. Appropriate field based experience.

EDU 390 The Adult Learner 3 hours
Prerequisite: PSY 205
An examination of theories of learning in adulthood and the issues related to life-long learning. The emphasis is on adult learning as a process of transformation.

EDU 404 Guided Experiences With Children 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Junior or senior status
Field work with children including such activities as tutoring, assisting the teacher‚ camp counseling‚ playground supervision, and other experiences which contribute to a prospective teacher’s professional development. May be taken more than once to a maximum of 3 hours.

EDU 475 Foundations in American Education 3 hours
Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Certification TCCERT Program
Structure, function and purposes of American education, examination of the philosophical, social, political and economic contexts of educational systems; role and characteristics of the teaching profession.

EDU 491 Independent Study 3 hours
When necessary and with approval of advisor, students are permitted to request an independent study, with appropriate field-based experience.

EDU 499 Student Teaching 10-12 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to Student Teaching; Methods at appropriate level;
Term: 1, 2
Observation and guided, full-time professional laboratory experience in public or private school classrooms at the appropriate level. Seminar required.

Early Childhood Education - FAQ's

Q. I have a bachelor's degree but not in the field of education. Can I earn my Teacher's Certification?
A. For initial certification at Marygrove, all elementary teachers are required to have a major in a discipline appropriate for teaching. All secondary teachers must have both a major and a minor in a teaching field. Each teacher preparation college is approved to certify teachers in specific disciplines. If you do not have a major and/or minor in a teaching area, you would need to complete the courses needed for that purpose. Apply to the certification program that interests you, in order to have a plan of work completed.

Q. I am already teaching as an uncertified teacher in a private or charter school. Can I earn my teaching certificate without giving up my position?
A. Once you have completed a "certifiable major" for elementary or a "certifiable major and minor" for secondary level and you have the bachelors degree completed with a 2.7 or better GPA, you can begin taking the education sequence of courses while you are teaching; you will attend late afternoon/early evening, or weekend courses. When the time comes, if your school and position are approved for student teaching, you may be able to complete student teaching in an "on-the-job" arrangement.

Q. How can I complete my courses for certification if I am working in the daytime?
A. Marygrove College offers teacher certification courses in the evenings and on weekends, in different program configurations. In general, these courses are provided to "cohort" groups. Once you begin the sequence with your cohort group, it is essential that you stay on track with that cohort group in order to be assured that the classes will be available when you need them.

Q. How long will it take for me to earn my teaching certificate?
A. After meeting the entrance requirements for a graduate program, you must complete six-to-seven semesters of professional teaching courses to complete both initial certification and the master's degree. Undergraduate/Post-degree students complete the requirements for a degree and/or certification based on the number of courses taken each semester. The professional teaching sequence does not include the time it may take to complete pre-requisites.

Q. I am already a certified teacher and I want to earn a master's degree. How long will this take me?
A. The most popular program for certified teachers at Marygrove is the Master in the Art of Teaching (MAT) program. Students can complete this 30-credit program with a Study Team in five semesters. This program is available in a distance-learning format and in a weekend cohort group format on-site at six different locations in Michigan. Either mode of delivery will be a five-semester program.

A master's degree is also offered in Educational Leadership and Reading. These two masters' level programs usually take a minimum of six semesters.

Q. Do I need to take the GRE or another exam before I can be accepted into a graduate level program at Marygrove?
A. The GRE is not required at Marygrove. However, for teacher certification candidates the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification [MTTC] must be passed. All students entering a teacher certification program are required to take the MTTC Basic Skills test and pass all three areas of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. This test must be passed within the first two semesters or the student is required to sit out until it is passed. Before student teaching, elementary candidates must pass the MTTC Elementary Education test and the MTTC test in their major. Secondary candidates must pass the MTTC in both the major and minor before they are permitted to student teach. Additional information is available at www.mttc.nesinc.com.

Q. Do the professors in the Education Department have experience working in K-12 schools?
A. Many of the professors in Marygrove's Education Unit transitioned to higher education from a career in K-12 public education. Also, some of the courses are taught by adjunct faculty members who are currently working full-time in K-12 public school settings. A balance is maintained between the instructors who are deeply rooted in the theoretical base necessary for building strong foundations for teacher preparation and those who have the actual classroom experiences that inform the theory with practice for application.

Q. Whom would I contact about scholarships or financial aid?
A. Information on financial aid is available on our Marygrove Web site - www.marygrove.edu. Candidates begin by obtaining the Federal Aid form and completing this over the Internet. Initially candidates also complete information specific to Marygrove. Successful candidates follow through on their applications leaving nothing to chance. Planning ahead is essential for candidates who must depend on financial aid. Undergraduate students generally have more options for financial aid than graduate level students. For eligible candidates who are full-time employees of Catholic schools there are other opportunities for help through the office of the education unit. Call 313-927-1459 for a Catholic School Scholarship application. The Michigan Tuition Grant, Sanford Loans, and Perkins Loans tend to be the sources most students investigate.

Q. How can I ensure that all of my teaching certification requirements are met?
A. At Marygrove every student in teacher certification, both undergraduate and graduate, will have an advisor. The advisor will work closely with the director of student teaching and with the teacher certification officer to check that each candidate is meeting the requirements for the major, minor, MTTC tests, student teaching mandates, and course requirements. It is, nonetheless, the responsibility of each candidate to meet with the assigned advisor to review his or her own file for completion. Posted deadline dates for applying for student teaching, for taking MTTC examinations, and for applying for graduation audit must be met in order that the candidate achieve his/her goal.

Q. Do I have to have a certain GPA to enter the education programs at Marygrove?
A. At the undergraduate level, all teacher certification candidates must maintain a GPA of 2.7 in order to enter the Education Unit as a teacher certification candidate. No methods courses may be taken until the student has applied to the unit and been interviewed and approved by the unit. The 2.7 must be met in order to receive this interview.


MTTC Testing

All teacher certification candidates must pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills (96) test.

In addition, Marygrove College is recognized by the Michigan Department of Education for competency testing in the following areas at the levels indicated ( E = Elementary; S = Secondary). This will be a guide so that you are sure to take the correct test for certification! Note that competency tests must be taken within 5 years of the time credentials are submitted to the state.

Objectives for each test are on reserve in the Marygrove College Library. Tutoring support can often be arranged through the Teacher Certification Officer.

>> Go to the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Web site for more information.

>> MTTC Web site Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

CODE TEST MAJOR MINOR ENDORSEMENT
17 BIOLOGY (DA) S S
18 CHEMISTRY (DC) S S
50 COMPUTER SCIENCE (NR) S S
46 DANCE (MH) E & S E & S
82 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ZA) E
07 ECONOMICS (CA) S
83 ELEMENTARY EDUCATION E**
02 ENGLISH (BA) E & S E & S
23 FRENCH (FA) E & S
09 HISTORY (CC) E & S E & S
54 HUMANITIES (PX) E & S
93 INTEGRATED SCIENCE (DI) E
90 LANGUAGE ARTS (BX) E E
89 MATHEMATICS - ELEMENTARY (EX) E E
22 MATHEMATICS - SECONDARY (EX) S S
39 MUSIC EDUCATION (JX) E & S E
10 POLITICAL SCIENCE (CD) S S
92 READING SPECIALIST (BT) K-12
12 SOCIOLOGY S
84 SOCIAL STUDIES (RX) E & S E
28 SPANISH E & S
63 SPECIAL ED - LEARNING DISABILITIES E K-12

** The Elementary Education test certifies teachers for K-5 all subjects and K-8 self-contained classroom. The subject area tests certify elementary teachers from 6-8 and secondary teachers from 7-12.

Provisional Teacher Certification: Elementary

Certifiable Elementary Majors (30-40 hours) and Minors (20-26 hours) currently available:
Early Childhood Education – Group Minor
Dance – Major
English – Major & Minor
French – Minor
History – Major & Minor
Integrated Science – Group Major
Language Arts – Group Major & Group Minor
Mathematics – Major & Minor
Social Studies – Group Major & Group Minor
Spanish – Minor
Special Education – Learning Disabilities Major

General education requirements, professional education courses, and course work in the certifiable major and minor must be completed before student teaching. You must carefully adhere to the sequence of courses as listed below:

Required Professional Education Courses:
EDU 203 The Teaching Profession
EDU 240 Developmental Psychology
EDU 241 Educational Psychology
EDU 324 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 330 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 344 * Methods for Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
EDU 348 Methods of Teaching Writing and Speaking, K-12
EDU 354 * Methods for Teaching Elementary School Social Studies
EDU 364A * Methods in Elementary Reading and Other Language Arts
EDU 364B * Methods in Elementary Reading: Practicum
EDU 374 * Methods for Teaching Elementary School Science
EDU 475 Foundations in American Education
EDU 499 Student Teaching
SED 250 Education of the Exceptional Learner

* Generally offered once per academic year. Students are to complete clock hours in the Education Technology Center and field-based experience as required in teacher certification courses.

Additional courses and requirements for admissions and completion may be required with changes in divisional policies and/or State of Michigan certification rules.

Provisional Teacher Certification: Secondary

Certifiable Secondary Majors (30-40 hours) and Minors (20-26 hours) currently available:
Art Education – Comprehensive Group Major (no teaching minor required)
Biology – Major & Minor
Chemistry – Major & Minor
Computer Information Systems – Major & Minor
Dance – Major
Economics – Minor
English – Major & Minor
French – Minor
History – Major & Minor
Mathematics – Major & Minor
Music – Comprehensive Group Major
Political Science – Major & Minor
Social Studies – Group Major
Sociology – Minor
Spanish – Minor

Required Professional Education Courses:
EDU 203 The Teaching Profession
EDU 241 Educational Psychology
EDU 324 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 330 Technology in the Classroom
EDU 343 Adolescent Psychology
EDU 347 * General Secondary Methods
EDU 348 Methods of Teaching Writing and Speaking, K-12
EDU 357 Methods for Teaching Intermediate and Secondary Reading
SED 250 Education of the Exceptional Learner
MAJOR 347 * Methods course in major field (For appropriate methods course, see the program section in your major.)
EDU 475 Foundations in American Education
EDU 499 Student Teaching

* Generally offered once per academic year.

Additional courses and requirements for admission and completion may be required with changes in divisional policies and/or State of Michigan certification rules.

Professional Certification

(18 hrs. beyond degree initial/provisional teaching certificate)
Teachers are eligible for Professional Certification after completion of three years of successful teaching and 18 hours of credit earned in a planned program following the date of issuance of the provisional certificate. Students in master’s degree pro-grams may apply the first 18 hours of their degree program toward this requirement. Non-degree students who wish to be recommended for Professional Certification by Marygrove must develop a plan of work (18 credit hours) with the Teacher Certification Officer. A maximum of 6 credit hours completed at another accredited college or university may be accepted as part of the 18-hour planned program.

All applications to the Michigan State Department of Education for a Professional Teaching Certificate must be made through the Teacher Certification Officer. It is the responsibility of the student to follow through on this matter.

Certification for Post-Degree Students

Post-degree students can obtain Michigan provisional teacher certification by following the requirements of the undergraduate teacher certification program described above. A plan of work for teaching disciplines is facilitated by the Teacher Certification Officer through the Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty.

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