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Working with very young children (birth to third grade) is a rewarding and growing career field.
At Dominican you will gain all of the skills needed to be confident and top-quality teachers, optimally prepared to teach young children which includes those with special needs. In addition to rigorous academic coursework you’ll gain valuable field experience working with outstanding mentor teachers. In your junior year, you will also have the option to take advantage of our combined Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program which can be completed in six or less calendar years.
The early childhood teacher education program has three basic elements:
Because the educational backgrounds of students entering the licensure program differ, some students may need to take an extra semester to complete all requirements.
Admission to clinical practice is determined on the basis of the candidate’s written application and other records as measured against criteria established by the Dominican University Teacher Education Committee.
The core curriculum provides a broad exposure to the liberal arts, giving students a moral and intellectual context in which to apply their teaching skills. The core curriculum consists of coursework in foundations, liberal arts and science seminars, area studies and multicultural studies.