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Birth to Five / Early Interventionist Education

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), there is a nationwide increase in early childhood care, early education, and early intervention service programs.  These programs exist in response to the demand for early child care (for working parents) and in recognition of the critical importance of early educational experiences and early intervention.  Research indicates that high-quality, developmentally appropriate inclusive early childhood programs produce short and long-term positive effects on all children’s cognitive and social development (NAEYC Policy Overview, 2012, p.1).  The Birth to Five/ Early Interventionist Education (BFED) program assists in this initiative in that it caters to candidates that have a desire to educate preschool, kindergarten, 1st – 3rd grade children as well as children with special needs (up to 5 years of age).  This program ultimately assists in developing competent, effective and committed graduates who are assets to the teaching profession.BFED candidates are required to take courses in early childhood education, early intervention, methods in creative arts, music, language and literature, early childhood classroom management, lesson planning, assessment, math, science, and technology.  Additionally, these candidates complete a practicum internship during the program and a student teaching experience at the end of the program.  Candidates must also complete Praxis I and three sections of Praxis II for Louisiana Teacher certification in all 5 of the following areas: ages birth to 3, prekindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1st – 3rd, and B-5 Early Intervention.  Praxis I must be completed prior to entering EDUC 250 (Introduction to Education) and Praxis II must be completed prior to the final Student Teaching semester.  View Praxis Information and Student Teaching Enrollment Process for details.



BFED Degree Plan (PDF)

Praxis Information

Department of Student Teaching

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