Birth through Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate
We offer four online options for graduate study in birth through kindergarten:
1) For those holding the initial B-K teaching license: M.Ed (BKISED) program, 37 hours
2) For those holding a teaching license but not in B-K: M.Ed (BKISED) program+ 4hrs B-K student teaching = 41 hours
3) For those with no teaching license at all: Graduate B-K Licensure Certificate (20 hrs) + remainder of M.Ed (24 hrs)= 44 hours
4) For those who do not want a B-K teaching license, the Leadership in Early Care and Education Certificate, 18 hours
More about the Birth through Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate
The Birth- Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate program (BK:ILP) provides training for students with a bachelor’s degree seeking an initial NC Birth-Kindergarten teaching license. This certificate program requires 20 semester hours and is offered jointly by the departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services. The program is designed to provide students with graduate level training and an initial teaching license in BK. This certificate is available to individuals with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development, early childhood special education, or a related field.
Why should you choose this program? Among other benefits, we offer synchronous classes (with the convenience of online learning and the familiarity of the traditional class format) as well as exciting interdisciplinary opportunities such as team-taught classes!
PHASE ONE: Birth through Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate
This is a 20-hour graduate certificate which results in the initial B-K teaching license. It includes 10 weeks of full-time student teaching:
SES 601 Introduction to Inclusive Birth-Kindergarten Services (3 s.h.)
SES 603 Screening/Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood (3 s.h.)
HDF/SES 606 Preschool-Kindergarten Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 hours)
HDF/SES 607 Infant/Toddler Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 s.h.)
SES 649C Student Teaching (6 hours)
Then, if desired, you apply to the M.Ed. If accepted:
PHASE TWO: 24-hour M.Ed program (with 20 hours of credit transferred from the Licensure Certificate)
HDF 650 Theory & Research in Early Childhood Development (3 s. h.)
ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research (3 s. h.)
SES 602 Inclusive Family-Centered Practices in Early Childhood (3 s. h.)
HDF 633 Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (3 s. h.)
HDF 636 Leadership & Mentoring in Educating Young Children (3 s. h.)
SES 604 Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood (6 s. h.)
Elective (3 s. h.)
After 44 hours of graduate study, you will graduate with the initial B-K teaching license, an M.Ed in birth through kindergarten, and the Masters level B-K license..
For more information about any B-K graduate program please contact the HDFS B-K Director, email@example.com
Click here for the graduate licensure program brochure!
Click here for the BKIL plan of study! (doc)