Bachelor of Arts Degree in Childhood Education (B.A. CED)
The B.A. degree in childhood education prepares students for professional work with children. Learning is studied as a fundamental human endeavor involving culture and context, imagination and interaction, reason and reaction. Careful attention is given to the growth of children as individuals whose perceptions, interests, joys, strengths and challenges are formed within a community and through meaningful engagement with others.
Johnson State's childhood education majors are prepared to help children succeed in school and beyond by becoming knowledgeable professionals who are willing to advocate for excellence and equity.
Most students pursuing the B.A. in childhood education also enroll in the Teacher Education Program in Elementary Education. Students seeking to become candidates for a Vermont educator's license with an endorsement in elementary education (K-6) through JSC must apply to enter the Teacher Education Program in Elementary Education. Visit the college's Office of Educator Licensure for more information about the entry requirements.
As a childhood education major, you also will undertake numerous fieldwork placements in classrooms at JSC partnership schools. Practicum Ia (up to 60 hours) involves a placement at the K-3 level to study early literacy development. Practicum Ib (up to 60 hours) is a placement at the 4-6 level to study numeracy. Practicum II (up to 480 hours) includes a full-day schedule in a partnership school four days per week for 15 weeks. Student teaching is a five-day-a-week, 15-week internship in a JSC partnership school in which you serve as an apprentice teacher in an assigned classroom.
Students may complete the preliminary coursework for the B.A in childhood education and a Level I educator's license with a K-6 endorsement through the External Degree Program (EDP). Students pursuing the Teacher Education Program through EDP coursework should be prepared to travel to campus for meetings, interviews and presentations.