Senate Document Number†† ††1605S
Date of Senate Approval††††
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
Effective Date:† Fall 2005
Delete:††† On pgs 102 and 103 of the 2004-05 catalog, entire entry under First Area of Licensure
Add:††††††† In place of deleted entry:
†††††††††††††† Students completing an appropriate UNCA disciplinary major, the Integrative Liberal Studies program, and other Department of Education requirements may receive recommendation for licensure in (a) Birth-Kindergarten (B-K); (b) Elementary Education (K-6); (c) Middle School (6-9) Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies; (d) Secondary Education (9-12) Biology, Chemistry, Comprehensive Science, Earth Science, English, Latin, Mathematics, Physics, Science, Social Studies; and (e) K-12 Art, K-12 Reading, K-12 Theatre Arts, and K-12 Foreign Language in French, German and Spanish.
Add:† ††††† On pg. 103 of the 2004-05 catalog, preceding Elementary School Licensure (K-6):
Birth-Kindergarten Licensure (B-K)
Students receiving a degree at UNCA with B-K Licensure must major in Psychology.† (See Psychology section.)† See appropriate Education Advisor for details.†
I.† †††† Required courses in Education Ė 33 hours, including: EDUC 310, 311, 318, 321, 331, 341, 351, 355, 361, 396, 455, 496.
II.††††† Required courses outside of Education - As part of the 34 hours required for the Psychology major, students must take PSYC 200, 225, 312, 318 and 345.
III.†††† Other departmental requirements as outlined above for all licensure students.
††††† Delete:† † On pg. 199, the paragraph under Psychology with Teacher Licensure:
majors who are also completing teacher licensure (e.g., K-6,
††††† Add: †††††† On pg. 199, in place of deleted entry:
Psychology majors who are also completing teacher licensure (e.g., B-K, K-6) should enroll in PSYC 318 instead of either PSYC 317 or PSYC 332.† For teacher licensure students only, PSYC 318 fulfills the departmentís laboratory course requirement.†
B-K licensure students should complete PSYC 200, 225, 312, and 345 as part of their required curriculum.† See the Education Department section for additional licensure requirements.†
†††† †Change:† On pg. 108 the grade range for course title descriptors:
††††††††††††††††††††††† 396†††††† Research Methods in Education, K-12 (1)
††††††††††††††††††††††† 396†††††† Research Methods in Education, BK-12 (1)
†††† Change:† On pg 108, grade range of course title descriptors:††† ††
†††††††††††††††††††† ††† 496††††† Directed Research in Education, K-12 (2)
††† 496††††† Directed Research in Education, BK-12 (2)
Impact of the Program:† In addition to adhering to the legislative demands for improved quality childcare in the state as well as the nation, offering this new licensure program will be an asset to the community by expanding the availability of licensed early childhood educators in a field that is experiencing a shortage of qualified individuals. Currently, child care centers are evaluated on criteria established by the National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as standards established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.† Part of the criteria for rating childcare facilities involves educational training of faculty, assistants, aides and directors, as well as the assessed quality of curriculum of the center. All of these variables would improve as a result of the implementation of the B-K licensure program at UNCA.† The program will enable individuals with a personal interest in the field to investigate and pursue this area of licensure.† This program will attract and provide needed services to individuals coming from various backgrounds:† 1) existing childcare workers seeking state mandated licensure; 2) individuals holding Associate of Arts degrees from community colleges wishing to pursue a four year degree with B-K licensure; 3) post- baccalaureate individuals choosing to add B-K licensure to their existing licensure status; 4) freshmen pursuing a career in the field of early childhood education; 5) individuals currently employed in childcare facilities and selecting to broaden their level of knowledge.† Subsequently, as UNCA adheres to its tradition of serving the community, a major contribution will be provided.† As more early childhood educators participate in the program, more centers will likely elevate the ranking of their center.† In the long run, a smoother transition into the education spiral of 0-20 would be facilitated.
Because preliminary program needs have already been
addressed, the demand placed on the university for additional
resources will be minimal.† A
permanent tenure track line for program coordinator already exists and is
currently filled by a visiting assistant professor, Dr.
Additionally, the new B-K licensure program will impact the Psychology Department.† Because majors in education are not granted by UNCA, the B-K licensure program will require students to major in Psychology.† Subsequently, there will be an increase in the number of Psychology majors at the university and a need for additional teaching responsibilities to meet this need, specifically as it applies to PSYC 101, 102, 200, 201, 202, 225, 312, 318, 345 and 390.† These courses have been mutually agreed upon by the Psychology Department and the Education Department to be essential and complementary to a strong, human development foundation, which is pertinent to the B-K license and will be required for licensure.† Further, a tenure track position in the Psychology department for academic year Ď05-06 has already been approved and it is intended that this line will assist the Psychology department in offering courses that serve the Education department.† †
Rationale for the Program:†
Although Elementary Education licensure is currently offered at UNCA, there are no provisions for individuals seeking licensure in the Birth-Kindergarten range.† These individuals cannot be employed in a public facility in the B-K capacity without such licensure. Further, the individuals lacking licensure are less well prepared to meet the needs of young children in maximizing their development and learning.
the following North Carolina institutions do offer a B-K licensure program or a
major in early childhood education:† East
Carolina University, Elizabeth City State University, Greensboro College,
Lenoir-Rhyne College, North Carolina A & T State
University, North Carolina Central University, Salem College, Shaw University,
Appalachian State University, University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, Charlotte,
Greensboro, and Pembroke, Western Carolina University and Winston Salem
College.† However, none of these
institutions are in the immediate
Yet, in keeping with the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, major changes regarding better preparation of early childhood teachers have been mandated.† The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has delineated key principles for the revamping of early childhood education, including:† (1) emphasis on early childhood education as pivotal to creation of a seamless 0-20 (PK-16) education pipeline;† (2) high-quality teacher preparation for all early childhood educators resulting in a bachelorís degree and appropriate state licensure for dealing with children from birth to age 3;† (3) preparation of early childhood educators to work harmoniously with community resources and families of children with and without special needs;† (4)† recognition of early childhood education as a specialized discipline distinct from elementary education;† (5)† involving schools, colleges, and departments of education in the development of early childhood educations standards based on what is known about child development and learning and best practices in early childhood education.† In light of this, the limited numbers of colleges in the region offering B-K licensure, and as a needed resource in the community, it is vital that the department of education and UNCA become actively involved in this B-K licensure, early childhood education process.
The Birth through Kindergarten (B-K) licensure program provides comprehensive training in the area of Early Childhood Education, particularly for those who will or currently are working with young children between the ages of 0-6 years and their families.† The program will provide a theoretical background in child development from a psychological as well as educational perspective, and comprehensive training in strategies and methods for assessing and teaching the skills necessary to work with young children, with and without exceptionalities.† The curriculum encompasses perspectives from several disciplines, including early childhood education, early childhood special education, psychology, elementary education and community health.†
In the Summer of 2003, as delineated by the following course components, the B-K program was granted temporary approval by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.† This approval was based on the fact that the required courses address the necessary skills and perspectives described above, as well as meet standards and competencies denoted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The organization of course work meets criteria established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Core Standards and NCATE accreditation by including: introduction to pertinent theories as an entrance to the program, intense explanation and demonstration of strategies appropriate to the Birth-Kindergarten age group, followed by diverse clinical experiences that focus on application of pedagogy, and extensive field experience to address refinement of application and reflections of methodology.† Additionally, courses have been sequenced in a format that fosters increasing opportunity for active and diverse field experiences and internalization of theoretical foundations. In conclusion, the organization and content of the B-K program addresses and meets the criteria established by the university to perpetuate excellence in the field.†