Coordinator: Irina Falls
Location: Department of Educational Specialties
The program of study in Birth-to-Kindergarten Education consists of four curricular components: freshman seminar and general education, the professional studies core, the content courses area, and content pedagogy (methods and internship). Upon successful completion of the program and related requirements, graduates are eligible for a Standard Professional I license to teach in the State of North Carolina. The NC Department of Public Instruction issues the teaching license based on University recommendation.
The Birth-to-Kindergarten Education program is one of 12 teacher education programs offered at UNCP. Birth-to-Kindergarten Education majors are subject to Teacher Education Program regulations, admission requirements, continuation requirements, and graduation requirements.
The Birth-to-Kindergarten Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the NC State Board of Education.
The Teacher Education Program standards for all education majors are described fully in the UNCP Teacher Education Program Teacher Candidate Handbook.
North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten Program Standards
The goals of the Birth-Kindergarten program are to prepare preservice and inservice Birth-Kindergarten professionals with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families in diverse settings. Our program is based on the following six standards as established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
The successful Birth-Kindergarten professional will
- have a comprehensive knowledge of typical as well as atypical patterns of child development;
- foster relationships with families that support children’s development and learning;
- build community partnerships in support of children and families;
- use authentic, ongoing assessment of children’s abilities in order to plan, implement, and evaluate programs that build upon each child’s unique strengths;
- create and adapt environments and intentionally plan and implement an integrated curriculum that facilitates every child’s construction of knowledge and provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning;
- provide an integrated curriculum derived from Infant-Toddler Guidelines, Foundations for Early Learning, and the Kindergarten Common Core Standards which includes the following areas: emotional/social development; physical development, health, nutrition, and safety; and cognitive development.