The Pittsburg State University Early Childhood Unified Program results in a general and special education teaching license for programs serving children Birth through Grade 3. The program focuses on hands-on experience in Pre-K and primary grade classrooms working with general education students and students with special needs.
Beginning in the first semester of their sophomore year, students spend over 1,000 hours working with students and mentor teachers in Pre-K and Kindergarten through Grade 3 settings. During this time, students practice teaching strategies and classroom management techniques that will help them meet the needs of all children. This is the only Kansas licensure program that allows a teacher to work with students with special needs without earning a master’s degree.
By completing the Early Childhood Unified program, you will earn a Birth through Grade 3 teaching license. With this license, you can work in any of the following roles:
As an Early Childhood Unified major, you will have learning opportunities in the PSU Little Gorillas Preschool and other area Early Childhood programs. You will also get to complete a student teaching semester in general education in area schools. In addition, you may choose to pursue one of our international internships or student teaching opportunities, including a 5-week program in Australia. After graduation, you can continue to work with the faculty you know and earn an online graduate degree in Leadership, Reading, Library Media, Educational Technology, ESOL, or Teaching without ever leaving home.
Whether you are beginning your career with a Bachelor of Science in Education or want to grow professionally with a Masters Degree or Educational Specialist, we believe this is the place for you! With accredited programs, campus, online and hybrid classes, caring faculty and staff to guide you, you can begin or continue your journey toward a rewarding life in the field of Education and Leadership.
The faculty in the Early Childhood Unified program come from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Department of Teaching and Leadership. They also serve as academic advisors for the program.
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Students in the Early Childhood Education, unified birth through Third Grade major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.