The Children's Studies curriculum emphasizes holistic studies of children's lives and empathy and understanding of their experiences. The major provides students a solid foundation in the study of children (birth to adolescence) in a variety of social contexts. Theory and practice from the disciplines of sociology, psychology and education are the basis for this interdisciplinary curriculum.
By Sept. 20, 2013, the Secretary of Education shall ensure that at least 50 percent of Head Start teachers nationwide must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children.
Students can learn from anywhere, but the children’s studies curriculum boasts breadth and depth, offering students the benefit of perspectives from many disciplines. There are also research opportunities with practitioners in the field, internships, and career counseling available to all students.
It is the goal of the program that students be able to demonstrate knowledge in addressing children’s lives and experiences from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The progam faculty strives to help students cultivate an understanding of children’s diversity of experience, personality, and educational needs. Students are challenged to critically evaluate a variety of approaches in working with children and to reflect on their own practices and interactions.
The result will be the ability to design curricula that addresses children’s individuality in various interactions and contexts. Students are expected to demonstrate effective practices in working with children and child service organizations, which include knowledge of content areas, problem solving, use of technology, and respect for diversity.
It is the program’s objective that students be able to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, including children, parents, colleagues, and community members. EWU strives to create professional leaders in the field, and students can pursue a variety of career paths with their educations.
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