Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education

Academic Major
The State of Connecticut requires that those receiving a certificate after 1993 have a subject matter major outside of education. Early Childhood Education teacher candidates are encouraged to complete either Psychology or Sociology majors, but may major in any discipline.

Certification Requirements

Admission to the Program
All Education teacher candidates must be formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students may not enroll in professional preparation courses until after admission to the program.The Department of Education has established a committee of faculty members, the Committee on Admission and Retention in Education (CARE), which is responsible for this admission process. This committee also monitors student progress after admission.

Students interested in teacher preparation programs must apply to CARE at least one semester prior to enrolling in professional preparation courses. Undergraduate Early Childhood Education teacher candidates and graduate teacher candidates may begin professional preparation in both Fall and Spring semester and should submit application materials by October 1st to be admitted to professional preparation courses in Spring semester and by February 15th to be admitted to courses for Fall semester. (If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, then the applications would be due at the end of the following business day.)

The University has an obligation to children in the schools of Connecticut; therefore it is essential that only those teacher candidates who exhibit academic and personal qualities essential in teaching be admitted to the professional program. The University faculty and administrative staff reserve the right to refuse admission to the Teacher Education Program to those teacher candidates whose academic achievement may be satisfactory but who are deemed by the faculty to lack the professional dispositions desirable of teachers.