Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education, BSED (with Literacy, MED)


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Program code: ECED-BSED

This program, which emphasizes early childhood education and literacy, is designed to assist undergraduate students in becoming highly competent and effective teachers of children in PreK through Grade 4. As undergraduates, students in this program meet the academic requirements for certification in Early Childhood Education and earn a bachelor of science in education degree. Students enrolled in this program have the opportunity to apply for Early Admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research and begin taking graduate courses that apply toward the MEd—Literacy program.

Upon successful completion of the required graduate course work, candidates become certified as Reading Specialists in PreK through Grade 12 and earn a master of education degree with a major in Literacy. This program prepares students to become professional educators who are well-qualified to utilize appropriate techniques and strategies to expand children’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, and physical development. During the semester in which they surpass 60+ credits, students follow the School of Graduate Studies and Research Early Admission Policy and apply for early admittance to the MEd—Literacy/Reading Specialist program at IUP. A minimum 3.00 GPA is required to apply for early admittance to the graduate program. Once accepted for early admission to this program, students begin taking graduate courses in Literacy to work toward earning Reading Specialist Certification and a master of education degree with a major in Literacy.

Acceptance into the graduate program is contingent upon the student maintaining and graduating with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Students who are accepted for early admission into the MEd–Literacy program take the following courses as undergraduates, as long as they continue to have at least 60+ credits and a minimum 3.0 GPA:

LTCY 635 Differentiated Literacy Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners (in place of EDEX 323 ); LTCY 644 Writing Development and Instruction (in place of ECED 425 ); and LTCY 701 Assessment and Acceleration (in place of HDFS 310 ). A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to apply for teacher certification, to take major courses in the department, student teach, graduate with the BSEd degree, and be accepted into the MEd—Literacy program.

See requirements leading to teacher certification, titled “3-Step Process for Teacher Education,” in the College of Education and Communications  section of this catalog.

Liberal Studies: 44-46


As outlined in the Liberal Studies Requirements  with the following specifications:

College: 24


Major: 50


(1,2)

Free Electives: 3


Total Degree Requirements: 120


(1)  A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to apply for teacher certification, register for major courses, and student teach.

(2)  In the semester in which students earn 60+ credits, they may apply to the School of Graduate Studies and Research for Early Admittance to the MEd—Literacy/Reading Specialist Program. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to apply. Students must follow the Early Admission to Graduate Program Policy. Students who are accepted will automatically become graduate students at IUP upon degree completion with a minimum 3.0 GPA, and fulfillment of criteria outlined in IUP’s Early Admission to Graduate Program Policy.

(3) Students must have a grade of “C” or better in PSYC 101  and HDFS 218  or a grade of “C” or better in PSYC 101  and ECED 112  to register for this course.

(4) Students who are accepted for early admission to the MEd—Literacy program take the graduate course outlined in the program’s catalog description rather than the undergraduate course listed.

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