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Lovinger Building Room 3300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Nicole Nickens, Chair
The Department of Elementary & Early Childhood Education houses the early childhood and elementary education programs.
For more information on each of these programs contact the department or your advisor.
In the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education we use a Team Advising approach for our students.Students should begin by comntacting their academic advisor in the College of Education Academic Advising Center. Once enrolled by an Academic Advisor, students will be assigned to a Departmental Faculty Mentor who will advise upperclassmen who have begun taking major and professional education courses.
Education students are required to participate in early field clinical experiences prior to student teaching. All education majors enroll in a six-hour block of educational foundations courses scheduled to provide flexibility for off-campus time in field experiences and typically taken at the sophomore level. The field experience portion of this block is incorporated in EDFL 2100: Foundations of Education and Field Experience.
Early childhood and elementary majors have a field experience in EDFL 3210: Methods of Reading Instruction. Early childhood majors have additional field experiences in EDSP 3151: Community and Family Resources Practicum, ECEL 4830: Early Childhood Curriculum, and ECEL 4400: Classroom Manangement and Interactions. UCM's education majors participate in a field experience with one of the Professional Development School partners. The Teacher Education Program has formal partnership agreements with Warrensburg, Crest Ridge, Knob Noster, Holden, Kingsville, and Grain Valley School Districts. Many of the public school faculty from the two districts serve as clinical faculty for UCM, and work with interns in the P-12 classrooms or present on educational issues in university courses.
During the Professional Education Semester, early childhood and elementary majors are required to student teach for 14 weeks, as well as participating in Student Teaching Professional Seminar (ECEL 4150), for 12 semester credit hours earned. Elementary majors with a special education area of concentration/minor will be assigned two additional credit hours of student teaching. Attendance at all professional education semester activities is required. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Clinical Services and Certification.
The Clinical Services and Certification Office is located in Lovinger Room 2170. This office monitors your progress from admission to teacher education through student teaching, and finalizes your certification with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The staff of Clinical Services Office will oversee your field experiences, including your student teaching placement. This office maintains data related to all of the above functions. It is students responsibility to meet all of the certification/student teaching office's deadlines and expectations.