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On August 15, 2012, the Department of Human Development and Learning was reorganized into two separate departments: The Department of Teaching and Learning, and the Department of Counseling and Human Services. The new Department of Teaching and Learning includes undergraduate and graduate programs in early childhood education and development, the education foundations program at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and the undergraduate and graduate special education programs, as well as the undergraduate leadership studies minor.
The Department of Teaching and Learning offers programs that focus on the application of developmental learning and other psychological principles in a wide variety of settings including home, school, workplace, and community. Teaching programs leading to licensure are offered. Courses in teacher education and the behavioral sciences are provided both for majors and students in other academic areas.
The Department is comprised of three programs: offering the following options within each program:
- PhD in Early Childhood Education
- MA Early Childhood Education (with concentration in Initial Licensure PreK-3, Master Teacher, or Researcher)
- Bachelor of Science degree: Early Childhood Development (PreK-3 Licensure and Non-licensure degrees)
- Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Program (online master's certificate program for individuals who have a bachelor or master's degree in Early Childhood or a related field (e.g., Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.)
- Early Childhood Online Masters Program
- Minor in Early Childhood
- Interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership Studies
- Education Foundations courses are provided to support programs in the College of Education consistent with the college's core requirements regarding knowledge, skills, and values deemed to be essential requisites for all of the college's graduates.
- MEd in Special Education (Initial Licensure in Modified, Comprehensive, or Early Childhood Special Education, and Non-licensure Advanced Practitioner)
- Bachelor of Science with Initial Licensure in Modified or Comprehensive Special Education
- Minor in Special Education
The Department also offers individuals holding professional teaching certification an opportunity to add-on an endorsement in Early Childhood (PreK-3) and Special Education.
The Mission of the Department of Teaching and Learning is to prepare competent professionals committed to evidenced-based learning, teaching and service.
Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Service!