The ECE endorsement is for educators who wish to be highly qualified to teach children from birth to primary ages in a variety of settings. The program of study also includes courses for individuals who often work with children and families in areas such as counseling, social work, psychology, library science, public administration, and educational leadership. Thus, the ECE program of study can be beneficial for individuals with careers in non-profit and government agencies, as well as a variety of community settings such as libraries and museums.
Dr. Susan McWilliams is an Associate Professor. Her teaching and research interests include literature, creative arts, science and math for the young child, community engagement, service learning, and inquiry-oriented teaching.
Dr. Ashley Brailsford Vaughns is an Assistant Professor. Her teaching and research interests include teacher education, leadership in early childhood education, multicultural education, and family, school, and community partnerships.
Dr. Debora Wisneski is an Associate Professor. Her teaching and research interests include play, early childhood curriculum, teacher action research, storytelling and story acting, early literacy, peace education, and education foundation.
The focus of courses in this program is on developmentally appropriate practice, equity, interactions with families and communities, strategies for developing inquiry classrooms, as well as perspectives on early childhood education in the broader sense.
The ECE endorsement requires a supervised practicum that can be completed in the candidate's own classroom if the age and setting are appropriate. For those candidates without a classroom, an appropriate placement will be arranged through the university.