BA in Early Childhood Education for Paraprofessionals (Phase I)

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The Early Childhood Education for Paraprofessionals (ECEP) is a two-phase program. Phase I is a 60-credit undergraduate program, in which working paraprofessionals earn a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. For certification, candidates must complete Phase II. Courses meet in the afternoons, evenings, and Saturdays, as well as online to accommodate the schedule of a working paraprofessional. Clinical experience requirements are met within the paraprofessional’s workplace. Upon admission, candidates will enroll in pre-requisite courses as they prepare and meet the Praxis Core requirements. Upon meeting all program completion and degree requirements, teacher candidates enter the Phase II ECEP alternate route program. Candidates obtain a certificate of eligibility (CE) in Preschool to Grade 3, and are then eligible to seek employment as a teacher of record. In addition, Phase II candidates complete a 6 credit, two-year ECEP alternate route program that includes seminar courses and supervised observations.

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Dr. Sue Mankiw
Program Director, Early Childhood Education (Preschool to Grade 3)

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • AA/AS or equivalent degree from an accredited community college
  • A letter from a school or district administrator verifying successful employment as a paraprofessional or instructional support staff in an early childhood classroom and a commitment to complete clinical practice-related coursework.

Steps to begin Professional Sequence of Education Coursework:

Program Completion Requirements:

  • Maintain and graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for Phase II (ECEP Alternate Route leading to licensure).
  • Complete the 31 credit Early Childhood Education for Paraprofessionals (ECEP) major.
  • Complete the 120 credits is required for graduation

Visit Praxis Core website for more information and deadlines

Early Childhood Education for Paraprofessionals (ECEP), Alternate Route (Phase II)