Do you have a love for young children? Are you interested in teaching preschool, working with families or with early intervention programs?
The birth through kindergarten teacher education program at East Carolina University explores the careers of those who care for and teach young children. Students within the BK program work with all young children, including those who are at risk and/or have disabilities. There are many career outlets that follow a BS in birth through kindergarten including the public school system, other education centers, and early intervention facilities. Students who attend East Carolina University in pursuit of a BK degree find that they are well prepared for their future careers as they undergo extensive training and course work to achieve their goals.
At East Carolina, the birth through kindergarten program can be accessed on campus as well as online for those who wish to be considered distance education students. As a student in the birth through kindergarten teacher education program, you will be exposed to real-world situations through hands-on experience to better prepare you for a career in the field.
You will learn first-hand how to care for children by learning and training in the Nancy M. Darden Child Development Center, a fully operating preschool designed to equip our students for a career in early child development. Students in the online program complete hands-on experience in centers and schools near their hometown. Before graduating, you will complete a yearlong student teaching internship in a preschool or kindergarten setting. Doing so will give you a taste of the exciting career path that you will embark on upon graduating from East Carolina.
Four Year Plan
This program is offered in both an on-campus, Face to Face format and off-campus, on-line format. Please note that the on-line program is only open to residents of North Carolina.
The BK program requires practicum with the following methods courses (2123, 2124, 3321, 4121, 4122, 4123, 4200, 4201, 4300). These are completed in early childhood settings in non-public programs and public school. Practicum experiences are opportunities for students to apply content and gain hands on experience with young children. The BK program culminates in a year-long internship experience in a publicly funded program. Students complete Internship 1 during the fall semester of their final year of courses and are in their placement one day a week. Students complete Internship 2 during the spring semester of their final year and are in their placement five days a week. Schools located in the Latham Clinical Network are available for practicum and internship experiences in Eastern North Carolina. For students in the distance education program we support internship and practicum experiences across the state.
At ECU, teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Additionally, our program is accredited through the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).