The role of the Early Childhood Department is to foster educator kindergarten teachers with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to work with young children in a multicultural and changing society, emphasizing the difference and uniqueness of each child. It grants a bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.) with a specialization in Early Childhood.
The program trains students to become kindergarten teachers who not only have rich and varied academic knowledge in education, teaching, didactics, and evaluation but also possess a deep understanding of the characteristics of early childhood, including the characteristics of children with special needs at this age.
It aims to train students to have a strong personality and the ability to manage a kindergarten. It emphasizes cultivating self-awareness and reflective thinking regarding the personal and educational processes they go through during their studies and their image as women educators.
The early childhood track extends 4 years of study and combines theoretical studies and practical experience. It consists of education and teaching studies totaling 12 weekly hours (w-hrs.), disciplinary studies totaling 56 w-hrs., core and enrichment studies totaling 4 w-hrs., and clinical training in various preschool settings totaling 18 w-hrs.
The department also offers the option of expanding certification for teaching grades 1-2 through completing designated courses totaling 12 w-hrs, and meeting additional requirements, as detailed in the program.
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