This program is designed for teachers who are currently licensed in "regular education" grades 1-6 or 1-8 and who would like to extend their certification down to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. The program consists of 14 credits offered during two summer semesters. Student teaching in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, and the Praxis II test, will follow completion of the coursework.
Recent legislation requires a passing score on the Foundations of Reading Test for Wisconsin prior to certification and license approval.
Note: Both Praxis II and the Foundations of Reading Test must be passed in order to be licensed. It is recommended that you take it at least 6 months to a year prior to licensure.
Summer I (Even years)
HD 563 Development of the Preschool Child (1 cr)
Overview of the current research and theory relating to the development of children ages three to six and programming implications.
HD 564 Infant Development and Programming (1 cr)
Overview of development of children birth to 3 years. Implications for parents, caregivers, and early childhood education programs.
ECED 660 Programs, Families and the Community (3 cr)
This course is designed to help participants understand the types, dynamics and parameters of the relationship between programs, families, and community agencies. Particularly, it provides a historical analysis of early childhood programs and the roles in the lives of families and the community. The course also examines the role of schools and community agencies in the lives of children and their families.
ECED 660 Programs, Families and the Community – Project (1 cr)
This is the research component of ECED 660 and it provides opportunities for flexibility and innovation. Having discussed the various aspects of programs, families, and community agencies, each student is required to choose a topic of interest from those covered in class or others related to children, families and/or programs. This topic will then be researched based on a particular focus of interest or clarification of questions identified by the student.
Summer II (Odd years)
ECED 564 Curriculum and Methods for Young Children (3 cr)
This course is designed to examine curriculum principles and methods for a developmentally appropriate environment for young children in math, science, social studies, health education and the arts.
ECED 564 Curriculum and Methods for Young Children – Project (1 cr)
This is the research component of ECED 564. Having discussed the considerations for creating effective curriculum and methods, this topic will be researched based on a particular focus of interest or clarification of questions identified by the student.
ECED 566 Curriculum and Methods for the Emergent Reader (2 cr)
This course is designed to examine curriculum and methods for implementing developmentally appropriate emergent literacy programs.
HD 565 Guidance of Young Children (2 cr)
This course is designed to consider current research and theory related to the guidance of young children and applications to home and school environments.
Student Teaching in Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten, and the Praxis II exam , will follow completions of the above course work.
How to Apply
You do not need to apply to UW-Stevens Point for acceptance into this program; however, you should send a letter, and copy of your current teaching license and transcripts to the UWSP School of Education for evaluation to determine if any of the courses listed above could be waived.
Please send the following information:
- Letter of Intent
- Copies of Transcripts
- Copy of current Teaching License
Professor Oluyomi Ogunnaike-Lafe
School of Education, CPS 449
Stevens Point, WI 54481