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Birth to Five / Early Interventionist Education

GTG Stock for Education 2014 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 2/24/14According 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.



BFED Degree Plan (PDF)

Praxis Information

Department of Student Teaching

Career Opportunities

Program Requirements:

All candidates in the BFED program must maintain a minimum 5 GPA and a “C” or above in all coursework.

BFED candidates are required to take courses in:

  • Early Childhood Development and Education
  • Early Intervention Methods and Developmental Disabilities
  • Methods in Creative Arts and Music
  • Methods in Language and Literature, Math, Science, and Technology
  • Early Childhood Classroom Management and Lesson Planning
  • Methods in Early Childhood Assessment and Developmental Reading Methods

Field Experiences: BFED candidates complete various field experiences throughout required coursework which encompasses a practicum internship that is completed during the program and a student teaching experience that is completed at the end of the program. These experiences include observations and teaching whole group, small group and individual instruction through the Nicholls GTG Preschool as well as Public School Settings in Pre-K, Kindergarten, Early Intervention Settings, and 1st-3rd

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, Pre-K, 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.


Program Advisors:

Dr. Elizabeth Block
239 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448-4819
E-mail: elizabeth.block@nicholls.edu

Dr. Tiffany Papa
233 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4731
E-mail: tiffany.papa@nicholls.edu

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