English Language Arts / Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (B.S.)

English Language Arts / Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education (B.S.)

 

 

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  Online Program

We offer three certification options to pair with your online English Language Arts degree, helping to accelerate you towards your goals of becoming a teacher! 

 Credit Hours: 120  |   Transfer: Up to 90 Credits  |   Tuition Cost


What is English Language Arts with certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education?

Individuals who complete this dual certification program will be eligible for New Hampshire Department of Education teacher certification in Early Childhood (Birth-Age 8) and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 8). The program aligns with the NH Department of Education’s standards for teacher credentialing and qualifies individuals to teach children in public schools from Preschool to Grade 3.  The Early Childhood Special Education certification prepares individuals to work with young children needing special education services.  This is a field-based program for qualified participants working or volunteering in approved educational settings. The key components of the program include mentorship of teacher candidates by highly skilled professionals in the field, the hands-on experience of working with children in educational settings, and the opportunity to build teaching capacity over time. Graduates of this program will be eligible for teaching certification and highly qualified in both early childhood and early childhood special education.

Why study English Language Arts with certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education at UNH College of Professional Studies?

Our English Language Arts degree is a flexible program that provides a pathway to a career in education and eligibility for the New Hampshire Department of Education teacher certification in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. The program aligns with the NH Department of Education’s standards for teacher credentialing.

Potential Career Areas

  • PK - Grade 3 Teacher
  • PK - Grade 3 Special Education
  • PK - Grade 3 Special Education Case Manager

Course Highlights


  • Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • Children’s Literature
  • Creative Writing

…and more!

Why UNH CPS?


  • Regionally accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE).
  • Available fully online with select on-campus courses.
  • Affordable tuition.
  • Nationally ranked online programs.
  • About 89% of our students are transfer students. Making the most of your transfer credits is our specialty.
  • Career advising is available to all students and alumni. We also extend this service to those considering their college options.
  • Faculty who are subject matter experts and share their real-world expertise, helping you apply what you learn to your personal goals and career.
  • We’re experts at assessing credit toward your undergraduate degree – not only from previous college coursework, but also for other college-level knowledge demonstrated outside the traditional classroom.

  • Completion of our free, online application for admission
  • High school diploma, completion of a high school education in a homeschool setting under state law, or demonstrate high school equivalency.
    • Successful completion of one of the following exams will be required for demonstrating high school equivalency: the GED, HiSET, or TASC

Programs leading to teacher certification or licensure are available to new students in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Specific requirements include:

  • General Special Education Certification
    Rhode Island requires that candidates hold a certificate in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, a content area certification in Middle or Secondary Grades in addition to a Special Education certification.

Eligible individuals can apply for tuition assistance through the Early Childhood Tuition Assistance (ECTA) and Preschool Development Grant (PDG), funded by the NH Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration! 100% of tuition is covered for up to two classes per term.

Eligible individuals include childcare workers, preschool teachers, and elementary school paraprofessionals.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE TUITION ASSISTANCE OPTIONS

Curriculum & Requirements

Individuals who complete this dual certification program will be eligible for New Hampshire Department of Education teacher certification in Early Childhood (Birth-Age 8) and Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Age 8). The program aligns with the NH Department of Education’s standards for teacher credentialing.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENG 420 The Writing Process 4
COM 460 Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics 4
MTH 402
or MTH 504
or MTH 510
Math for Our World
or Statistics
or Pre-Calculus
4
General Education Course 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 480 Visual Communication 4
CRIT 501 Introduction to Critical Inquiry 4
ENG 450 Introduction to Literature 4
PSY 525 Human Development 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ENG 555 Children's Literature 4
ENG 620 Multicultural Perspectives through Literature 4
ENG 645 Disability in Literature and Culture 4
ENG 675 Survey of Classic Literature Through Film 4
 Credits16
Spring
COM 590 Professional Communication 4
ENG 505 Introduction to Language and Linguistics 4
ENG 604 Creative Writing 4
PSY 470 Child Development 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
EDC 501 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 4
EDC 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements Nonclinical; Complete CHRC Process 1
 Credits13
Spring
EDC 506 Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 8 Nonclinical 4
EDC 701 Special Education Law Nonclinical 4
EDC 703 The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator Clinical A 4
EDC 704 Assessment of Young Children in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Spec. Education, Birth to Age 8 Clinical B 4
EDC 707 Behavior Interventions for Young Children in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Clinical A 4
 Credits20
Fourth Year
Fall
EDC 705 Collaboration, Consultation and Teaming In Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education Clinical B 4
EDC 706 IFSPs, IEPs, and Transition Planning - Birth to Age 8 Clinical B 2
EDC 708 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Spec Education Clinical A 4
EDC 709 Teaching Language Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Clinical A 6
 Credits16
Spring
EDC 710 Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in Early Childhood/Early Childhood SPED - Birth to Age 8 Clinical A 4
EDC 798 Culminating Teaching Experience and Seminar Clinical A 4
 Credits8
 Total Credits121

Note: Only 1 Clinical A course allowed per term

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
 
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

General Education Program Requirements

A minimum grade of D- is required in all General Education coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

All General Education requirements, including CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, must be taken prior to the capstone.

ENG 420The Writing Process4
COM 460Interpersonal Communication and Group Dynamics4
COM 480Visual Communication4
CRIT 501Introduction to Critical Inquiry4
Select one of the following:4
MTH 402
Math for Our World
MTH 504
Statistics
MTH 510
Pre-Calculus
Knowledge of Human Behavior & Social Systems: PSY 5254
Knowledge of the Physical & Natural World4
Knowledge of Human Thought & Expression4
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Total Credits40

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

ENG 420
The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

 

Major Requirements

minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for state certification.Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking and IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in English/Language Ats EC/ECSPED
COM 590Professional Communication4
ENG 450Introduction to Literature4
ENG 505Introduction to Language and Linguistics4
ENG 555Children's Literature4
ENG 604Creative Writing4
ENG 620Multicultural Perspectives through Literature4
ENG 645Disability in Literature and Culture4
ENG 675Survey of Classic Literature Through Film4
ENG 730The Graphic Novel4
Declaration of Candidacy Form Required 1
Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam Required 2
PSY 470Child Development4
EDC 501Foundations of Early Childhood Education4
Introductory Level Education Courses
EDC 700Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements1
EDC 506Young Children with Exceptionalities, Birth-Age 84
EDC 701Special Education Law4
EDC 703The Dynamic Role of the Special Educator4
Intermediate Level Education Courses
EDC 704Assessment of Young Children in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Spec. Education, Birth to Age 84
EDC 705Collaboration, Consultation and Teaming In Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education4
EDC 706IFSPs, IEPs, and Transition Planning - Birth to Age 82
EDC 707Behavior Interventions for Young Children in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education4
Advanced Level Education Courses
EDC 708Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Spec Education4
EDC 709Teaching Language Arts and Literacy in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education6
EDC 710Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction in Early Childhood/Early Childhood SPED - Birth to Age 84
EDC 798Culminating Teaching Experience and Seminar4
Total Credits89
1

Required prior to beginning the last 60 credits of degree program

2

Passing Praxis Core Exam scores must be submitted prior to taking EDC 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements

Electives

Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

State Certification Requirements

The following requirements must be completed in order to be recommended to the state for Teacher Certification:

  • minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for state certification
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills For Educators Exam required. Passing Praxis Core Exam scores must be submitted prior to taking EDC 700 Introduction to Field Experience and Program Requirements
  • Praxis II-EC Education of Young Children Exam required. Students must attempt to pass Praxis II exam prior to taking the Culminating Teaching Experience & Seminar. Passing exam scores are required for state certification.
  • Pearson Foundations of Reading Exam required. Passing Pearson Foundations of Reading Exam Scores must be submitted prior to taking the Culminating Teaching Experience & Seminar.

  • Develop a working understanding of current brain research and its implications for teaching and learning.
  • Develop the skills to access and utilize technology as a tool to empower teaching and learning.
  • Develop a solid understanding of the utilization of formative and summative assessment for program design, monitoring student progress and evaluating teaching effectiveness.
  • Work with colleagues to observe, analyze and provide feedback on student progress and teaching effectiveness.
  • Utilize research methods and materials, pedagogies and assessment strategies to teach for understanding and application specific to content area.

Your Prior and Current Learning Counts


Many of our students can demonstrate college-level knowledge gained from military, workplace and volunteer-based training, and experiences. We are experts at helping students demonstrate learning and earning academic credit.

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Students who reside outside New Hampshire and plan to enroll in UNH CPS certification programs are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure for educator certification in their state. Some states may have additional requirements and different certification areas.

 


 

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