Future career possibilities include:
- Preschool (PK)
- Transitional Kindergarten (TK)
- 1st - 3rd Grade Teacher
- Birth-Kindergarten Special Education Teacher
- And more!
The B.A. in Child Development Pre-K to 3rd Grade is designed to expose undergraduates to childhood development and learning in children from preschool through third grade, with an emphasis on the promotion and advocacy of social justice through cultural awareness, humility, and responsiveness across ecological contexts. The major will provide undergraduates with the theoretical and applied knowledge necessary to understand children’s development and learning. This knowledge will enable them to develop and implement supportive practices in Pre-K-3rd grade classrooms that are evidence-based, meaningful, and rigorous This major prepares students who are interested in applying to California Early Childhood Education Specialist credential programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Promote and advocate for social justice and be culturally aware, sensitive, and responsive across the ecological contexts of young children, including homes, schools, and communities.
- Understand the professional roles and responsibilities in Pre-K-3rd grade settings.
- Understand and promote early childhood development and learning of young children across ecological contexts, including homes, schools, and communities.
- Demonstrate subject matter knowledge important to young children’s development and learning in grades Pre-K-3rd.
- Develop and implement teaching practices that are evidence-based, inclusive, meaningful, and appropriately rigorous.
- Develop and implement teaching practices that apply knowledge of young children, including their prior experiences, interests, and social-emotional learning needs, as well as their funds of knowledge and cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Understand and implement effective and inclusive environments for young children’s development and learning in grades Pre-K-3rd.