Birth-Kindergarten Education

Program Overview

“The Birth-Kindergarten program was a perfect combination of early childhood education, kindergarten education, and special education. I was able to obtain the knowledge that I needed to meet my students where they are in all domains; socially, emotionally, physically, and academically. The BK program gave me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of early childhood education into the elementary and special education fields as well. In my career so far, the BK program has given me the most out of my education degree at Campbell!” 

Alexis Dobbins  

CU School of Education 

Student Teacher of the Year, 2017 

 

The Campbell University School of Education offers a B.S. in Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) Education leading to a North Carolina teacher license. 

This teacher licensure program at Campbell University is designed to prepare candidates to serve young children and families, with and without special needs, in a variety of settings. Students successfully completing the program earn a Bachelor of Science degree in birth-kindergarten education, and an initial or A-level licensure to teach in settings for children with and without special needs. As a Birth to Kindergarten educator, teachers are prepared to serve families and children in classroom settings, early intervention services and in agencies, to meet the special needs of children and families. After receiving this degree, Some students choose to seek advanced degrees in other fields such as Child Development, Psychology, Education, Child Life Specialist, Speech Language Pathologists, Family Counseling, and other related fields.   

Birth-Kindergarten teacher licensure is unique because it allows graduates to teach in Preschool or Kindergarten in general education settings,  as well as classrooms for children with exceptionalities (Special Education). Graduates are also qualified to work outside of the school system in agencies that provide services to young children and families, such as Early Intervention Agencies, the Autism Society, Partnership for Children and Family Support Organizations. While majoring in B-K education, students can also choose to work on additional licenses, such as Elementary or Special Education while completing requirements for the B-K teaching license. 

Campbell University B-K program participates in the NC T.E.A.C.H. Program, which will provide stipends for students interested in completing the B-K program and teaching PreK in NC. 

Programs for licensure only in birth-kindergarten education, and pre-school add-on licensure are also available. 

Birth-Kindergarten Program Schema Sheet

Requirements

First-Year and Transfer Students

Upon acceptance, you will be admitted to Campbell University as a general undergraduate student and identified as Pre-Teacher Licensure for the first two years of study.

To apply to Campbell University as a first-year or transfer student, please visit the university’s undergraduate admissions page. Apply

Applying to the Professional Education program

As an undergraduate candidate seeking a North Carolina “Initial” Teaching Licensure, you must meet admission requirements and be accepted into the Professional Education Program at Campbell University in order to complete student teaching field experiences. You will be expected to apply to the Teacher Education Program at the conclusion of your sophomore year.

Applications should be submitted only after all admission criteria have been met. It is important that you recognize admittance requirements early in your program of study so that you work to maintain the level of performance required to gain and maintain acceptance into the Teacher Education Program.

In addition, stay current on national/state policy changes, which might affect your program of study while at Campbell University. Attend all information sessions sponsored by the Professional Education Department.

Requirements for Admittance to the Professional Education Program

· Satisfactory scores on the SAT/ACT or PRAXIS CORE (See Table Below). Please note: Students who do not meet the established criteria for the SAT/ACT are enrolled in courses to prepare for the PRAXIS CORE.

· A minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.7 in overall scholastic work (from statute);

· “C” or better in all professional education courses, including courses in the content area major;

· Documented participation in early field experiences, or equivalent experiences as approved by the Dean or the Director of Teacher Education;

· Approval of the major department and the Professional Education department;

· No academic, disciplinary, or social probation;

· Adhere to the North Carolina Code of Ethics for teachers and the professional dispositions of the Professional Education Program at Campbell University;

· Complete and submit the Teacher Education Admission Application through the Tk20 online system.

Applicants who fail to meet the listed admission criteria at the time of their sophomore application, may reapply up until the student teaching field experience. No student is allowed to student teach who has not been accepted into the Professional Education Program.

Contact Information

For more information on this program, please contact Dr. Connie Chester, Coordinator, at chester@campbell.edu.