Professors: Mary Bucy, Carmen Cáceda, Maria Dantas-Whitney, Mark Girod, Rachel Harrington, Chloë Hughes, Marie LeJeune, Adele Schepige, Dana Ulveland
Associate professors: Kenneth Carano, Xiaopeng Gong, Melanie Landon-Hays, Maria Peterson- Ahmad, Cindy Ryan, Joshua Schulze, Alicia Wenzel, Greg Zobel
Assistant professors: Andrea Emerson, Jaclyn Hernandez, Katrina Hovey, Annie Ittner, Kristen Pratt
Prepares skilled and reflective early childhood practitioners who can effectively respond to the unique learning needs of diverse young children and their families. The Early Childhood Studies program is grounded in the principles of educational equity and inclusion, social justice, reflective practice, and the development of diverse leaders in the field of early childhood. We are committed to facilitating the learning and development of our early childhood practitioners who, in turn, will successfully affect the learning and development of diverse young children from birth to 8years.
- Develop reflective early childhoood professionals who are advocates for young children and their families.
- Create an inclusive climate where diversity is valued.
- Demonstrate evidence of appropriate knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to provide quality care of early education for all young children (birth-8yrs.) and their families.
This major prepares students to work in inclusive early childhood settings (including Head Start, child care, preschool and K-4 elementary schools). Early childhood studies majors are required to complete all pre-education courses (all 200 & 300-level) required for the major prior to entry to the education core.