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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, except for Physical Education.  One option is to major in Liberal Stuides which was designed to prepare teacher candidates with broad content knowledge in all academic areas. 

Certification Requirements

early-childhood-education-major-study.jpgAdmission 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. Please refer to the Advisement sheet for admission deadlines and program start dates.

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.