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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Child Development (B.S.)


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OPTION #1: Child Development/Early Childhood Professionals

The Child Development Program at Mount Ida College provides students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development. When studying children and their development, we address the context and culture of their lives as well as the impact of a child’s ethnicity and gender. The study of child development involves interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of psychology and sociology, as well as the exploration of the biological, cognitive, social and emotional development in the lives of children and their environment.

OPTION #2: Teacher Licensure: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2

The Child Development Program at Mount Ida College also offers a Licensure Option as Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2. This option provides students with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development as well as preparation in accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards for teacher licensure. In addition to the Child Development curriculum and teaching methods courses, students gain an understanding of the diverse needs in classroom settings. Courses focus on individual learning styles based on children’s developmental domains.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a Bachelor Degree in Child Development Early Childhood Professionals Option #1 can work as Child Life Specialists, Early Intervention Specialists, and specialists in a variety of Early Childhood settings. Graduate Options include Master’s Degree in Social Work, Master’s Degree in Child Psychology, and Graduate Degree in Counseling.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development with Teacher Licensure Option #2 can work as teachers in public schools PreK-2. Graduate options include specialization in other licensure areas.

Learning Objectives


In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspectives, students who successfully complete this program will:

  • Develop personal and professional qualities, skills and areas of knowledge that contribute to professional development and advancement in Early Childhood careers;
  • Demonstrate their competency regarding the domains of Child Development supporting best practices in Early Childhood careers;
  • Apply pedagogical principles linking developmental and educational theory to practice in a variety of Early Childhood settings;
  • Communicate effectively by demonstrating their knowledge through oral and written coursework and collaboration;
  • Use critical thinking skills to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information about children and their development;
  • Exhibit interpersonal skills to work successfully with other professionals and children;
  • Use the knowledge, skills, and abilities for entrance into an early childhood career to successfully achieve their goals and further their professional growth.

Policies, Conditions and/or Fees

Admission to Child Development Program: The admission standards for the Child Development Program are the same as the overall admission standards established for baccalaureate programs at Mount Ida College.

Policies for Early Childhood Professionals Option (OPTION #1)

Students who pursue the Early Childhood Professionals Option must earn a minimum grade of C- or higher in all CH and ED courses. Some courses may have a minimum grade prerequisite that is higher than a C-. Should that be the case, the minimum grade prerequisite must be met in order to register for that course.


Retention/Progression in Child Development Program/Teacher Licensure (OPTION #2)

  • The student is expected to achieve a grade of C+ (C plus) or higher in all Child Development (CH) and Education (ED) courses.
  • To progress to the next CH or ED course, the student is expected to have a C+ or higher in the CH and/or ED course(s) that serve(s) as prerequisite(s) to the same.
  • In the spring/summer prior to Junior year students must take the Communication and Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
  • To enter the Pre-Practicum (ED 420), the student must have completed CH 105, and all 200 level and 300 level ED courses. The student must also successfully complete at least two of the tests for Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) before the commencement of the semester in which this course is to be taken.
  • The student is expected to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 or higher.
  • In addition to the above, the student must have passed all sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) – i.e., the Communications & Literacy Skills Test; the Foundations of Reading Test; the Early Childhood subject matter test - prior to entering the Student Teaching Practicum component of the Early Childhood Education Option.
  • Entrance into ED 430, ED 435, ED 440, and ED 445, (Student Teaching Practica) also contingent upon completion of the Application for Practicum Component form and approval of the Child Development Faculty.
  • If indicated, the student will be counseled into another option in the Child Development Program or into another major offered by the College.

Exit (Graduation) from Child Development Program/Teacher Licensure Option: The student must complete all requirements of the Child Development Program with Teacher Licensure Option and competencies required for the same, including a performance assessment during the practicum that is based on guidelines developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The DESE Pre-service Performance Assessment Form is used for this assessment.

The Child Development Program with Teacher Licensure Option is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is designed to prepare educators for an Initial License in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2.
 

Child Development Student Handbook

For further information on program policies, including the waiver policy and other policies, Child Development students should refer to the 2012-2013 Child Development Student Handbook.  Policies in the 2012-2013 Handbook apply to all students who come under the current regulations for educator preparation and licensure of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
 

Note: Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act, as amended, requires all institutions that offer teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal financial aid to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensure. Institutions with ten or more students completing their teacher preparation program(s) in a given year are also required to publish information on the pass rate of program completers on licensing examinations in their annual report for that reporting year. Institutions with fewer than ten program completers in a given year are prohibited from publishing pass rate information for reasons of confidentiality for the students involved. Mount Ida College had less than ten program completers during the most recent reporting year and thus is not permitted to publish pass rate information on the same. A copy of the Mount Ida College Annual Report on Title II Data, exclusive of pass rate data, is available upon written request from the Child Development Office.

Requirements

 

II. Required Supporting Courses: (21 credits)


Sociology Supporting Requirements: 9 credits

  • Select three (3) Sociology courses

 

Psychology Supporting Requirements: 9 credits

  • Select three (3) Psychology courses including at least one at the 300 level

 

Other Required Arts and Sciences Courses: 3 credits 

III. Child Development Specialized Options


OPTION #1: Child Development/Early Childhood Professionals (41 credits)


(For students wishing to pursue careers as Early Childhood Professionals)

  • Electives: 9 courses chosen in consultation with advisor 
    (It is suggested, but not required, that these courses be chosen among the 9 courses: ED 206, ED 209, ED 306, and CH 220)

Notes:


May include a minor.

May include additional courses in psychology, sociology, child devlopment and/or education as well as open electives.

IV. Other Required Courses: (33-34 credits)


  • History Elective 3 credits
    (must be course with HI prefix)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3 credits
    (MA 115 or higher)
  • Science Elective 3-4 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits

Total Credits:


Total Credits for Option #1: Child Development/Early Childhood Professionals: 122-123

Total Credits for Option #2: Teacher Licensure: 123-124 
(Additional credits due to PreK  and Grade 1 or 2 required Practica)

Note:


All College Curriculum:
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: 3 courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: 2 courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

OPTION #1: Suggested Course Sequence:


 (Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)


Freshman Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits

Second Year: (30-31 credits)


Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (15-16 credits)


  • Science Elective 3-4 credits
  • Two (2) open electives (ED 206 and ED306 are suggested, but not required) 6 credits

Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • History or Literature Elective 3 credits
  • One (1) Supporting Psychology or Sociology course 3 credits
  • One (1) Open Elective (Suggested, but not required: ED 209) 3 credits

Third Year: (30 credits)


Junior Year: Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • History or Literature Elective (whichever was not taken sophomore year) 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar  3 credits
  • Two (2) Open Electives (Suggested for one of them, but not required: ED 301) 3 credits

Junior Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • One (1) Supporting Psychology or Sociology course 3 credits
  • Three (3) Open Electives  (Suggested for one of them, but not required: CH 220) 9 credits

Fourth Year: (32 credits)


Senior Year: Fall Semester (19 credits)


  • Three (3) Supporting Psychology or Sociology courses 9 credits

Senior Year: Spring Semester (13 credits)


  • One (1) Supporting Psychology or Sociology course 3 credits
  • One (1) Open Elective 3 credits

OPTION #2: Suggested Course Sequence


(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)


Freshman Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits

Second Year: (31-32 credits)


Sophomore Year: Spring Semester (15 credits)


  • History or Literature Elective 3 credits
  • One (1) Supporting Psychology or Sociology course 3 credits

Sophomore Year: Fall Semester (16-17 credits)


  • Science Elective 3-4 credits

Third Year: (32 credits)


Junior Year: Fall Semester (16 credits)


  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Psychology or Sociology Elective 3 credits

Fourth Year: (30 credits)


Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees


  • Admission to Child Development Program: The admission standards for the Child Development Program are the same as the overall admission standards established for baccalaureate programs at Mount Ida College.
  • Retention/Progression in Child Development Program/Teacher Licensure Option #2
    • The student is expected to achieve a grade of C+ (C plus) or higher in all Child Development (CH) and Education (ED) courses.
    • To progress to the next CH or ED course, the student is expected to have a C+ or higher in the CH and/or ED course(s) that serve(s) as prerequisite(s) to the same.
    • In the spring/summer prior to Junior year students must take the Communication and Literacy section of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL).
    • To enter the Pre-Practicum (ED 420), the student must have completed CH 105, and all 200 level and 300 level ED courses. The student must also successfully complete at least two of the tests for Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) before the commencement of the semester in which this course is to be taken.
    • The student is expected to maintain a CGPA of 2.50 or higher.
    • In addition to the above, the student must have passed all sections of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) – i.e., the Communications & Literacy Skills Test; the Foundations of Reading Test; the Early Childhood subject matter test - prior to entering the Student Teaching Practicum component of the Early Childhood Education Option.
    • Entrance into ED 430, ED 435, ED 440, and ED 445, (Student Teaching Practica) also contingent upon completion of the Application for Practicum Component form and approval of the Child Development Faculty.
    • If indicated, the student will be counseled into another option in the Child Development Program or into another major offered by the College.
  • Exit (Graduation) from Child Development Program/Teacher Licensure Option.

The student must complete all requirements of the Child Development Program with Teacher Licensure Option and competencies required for the same, including a performance assessment during the practicum that is based on guidelines developed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The DESE Pre-service Performance Assessment Form is used for this assessment.

The Child Development Program with Teacher Licensure Option is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is designed to prepare educators for an Initial License in Early Childhood: Teacher of Students With and Without Disabilities, PreK-2.

Policies for Early Childhood Professionals Option (OPTION #1)

Students who pursue the Early Childhood Professionals Option must earn a minimum grade of C- or higher in all CH and ED courses. Some courses may have a minimum grade prerequisite that is higher than a C-. Should that be the case, the minimum grade prerequisite must be met in order to register for that course.

Child Development Student Handbook

For further information on program policies, including the waiver policy and other policies, Child Development students should refer to the 2012-2013 Child Development Student Handbook. Note: Policies in the 2012-2013 Handbook apply to all students who come under the current regulations for educator preparation and licensure of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Note: Title II, Section 207 of the Higher Education Act, as amended, requires all institutions that offer teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal financial aid to prepare annual reports on teacher preparation and licensure. Institutions with ten or more students completing their teacher preparation program(s) in a given year are also required to publish information on the pass rate of program completers on licensing examinations in their annual report for that reporting year. Institutions with fewer than ten program completers in a given year are prohibited from publishing pass rate information for reasons of confidentiality for the students involved. Mount Ida College had less than ten program completers during the most recent reporting year and thus is not permitted to publish pass rate information on the same. A copy of the Mount Ida College Annual Report on Title II Data, exclusive of pass rate data, is available upon written request from the Child Development Office.

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