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Undergraduate Program Goals

The focus of the program is to help teacher candidates meet the professional standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC, 2001). The summary of these standards is shown below. The full text is at www.naeyc.org.

  1. Promoting Child Development and Learning
  2. Building Family and Community Relationships
  3. Observing, Documenting, and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
  4. Teaching and Learning
  • Connecting With Children and Families
  • Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
  • Understanding Content Knowledge in Early Childhood Education
  • Building Meaningful Curriculum

5.  Becoming a Professional