Bachelor of Applied ScienceEarly Childhood Education
Perhaps more than any other profession, the world needs more teachers!
Unlike most career paths, teaching is a calling – one that takes a unique personality willing to listen to, learn from and shape the students they will have in their classroom. There are few careers as personally fulfilling or as important to the future as one in Education. Within the field of Education, there are many different paths to pursue.
In addition to the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, Midland College offers an exciting opportunity to start your career in teaching by pursuing Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree with a major in Early Childhood Education (ECE). It is a fully accredited program.
Individuals who complete the BAS ECE are prepared for careers as lead classroom teachers, teacher aides or program specialists in early childhood education private school settings, afterschool programs and early childhood centers such as Early Head Start and Head Start. Midland College is seeking Educator Preparation Program approval from the Texas Education Agency. When approved, candidates who complete all requirements will be certified to teach in a Texas public school.
Why Early Childhood @ MC?
Early childhood educators offer the foundation for children from birth to age eight. There are expectations, requirements, and responsibilities that must be completed by students during the preparation program through classroom and field experiences. This program is an immersive program that requires a number of hours and days in a classroom. Children are in school during the day so field experiences take place during the school day. It is important to know that coursework and field experiences may make daytime employment difficult or even impossible.
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The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program with a major in Early Childhood Education (ECE) requires completion of the College’s Associate of Arts in Teaching program (or equivalent), seven credit hours of additional lower division (freshman and sophomore) courses and 53 credit hours of upper division (junior and senior) level coursework. The seven lower level credit hours required beyond the AAT are GEOG 1303 and Physics 1415 or Chemistry 1405, all of which are included in the College’s general education curriculum.
This program includes hands-on experiences early and often to allow opportunities to apply knowledge, theories, and practices in relevant and intentional ways. Core elements include evidence-based pedagogy, a commitment to equity and inclusion and culturally and developmentally appropriate teaching methodologies. Well-qualified educational professionals, including faculty, cooperating teachers, and field experience supervisors guide and support candidates in planning lessons, classroom management, assessment, instruction, and the assuming the many responsibilities of of teachers. Candidates are continuously provided feedback to help them grow in the profession.
In order to be admitted to the upper-level courses in the BAS ECE, students must:
- Complete an application to MC or be or be enrolled at MC;
- Complete the Early Childhood Education option of the MC AAT degree or equivalent and an additional seven credit hours of specified content courses;
- Have a 2.75 grade point average or better on the most recently completed college-level coursework that applies to the BAS ECE degree;
- Submit a program specific application form with writing sample and a signed Commitment Contract acknowledging understanding of the professional dispositions policy and TEA Educators’ code of Ethics;
- Submit official transcripts of coursework completed at other institution(s) of higher education; and
- Complete an interview with the program representatives.
Pursuing a degree in this field of study will provide marketable skills in these areas:
- Speaking – Talking to others
- Instructing – Teaching people how to do something
- Learning Strategies – Using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
- Reading Comprehension – Reading work-related information
- Active Listening – Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
- Social Perceptiveness – Understanding people's reactions
- Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- Judgment and Decision Making – Thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
- Writing – Writing things for co-workers or customers
- Active Learning – Figuring out how to use new ideas or things
- Coordination – Changing what is done based on other people's actions
- Complex Problem Solving – Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- Time Management – Managing your time and the time of other people
There are a number of exciting and in-demand jobs for students to begin working as soon as they complete an ATT degree, or even start while they are still in school.
Teacher AssistantThese professionals work in classrooms with licensed teachers helping to supervise students, provide one-on-one instruction, prepare learning materials, and complete other assigned duties.
Preschool TeacherDepending on the state and the responsibilities of the teacher, it may be possible to work with very young students after earning an associate degree in education. Often, these teachers work in childcare centers rather than traditional schools.
Substitute TeacherSubstituting in classrooms gives you hands-on experience as well as guides you into what area you would like to teach.
Private School Teacher
Home School Teacher
Child Care WorkerThese workers range from daycare providers to babysitters to live-in nannies. There may be no or only minimal education requirements to work in one of these positions but having any degree in education gives candidates an advantage over other applicants.
TutorPeople often become tutors because they have expertise in a subject rather than experience with teaching. Tutors who have both or have a demonstrated ability to impart information are the most in-demand.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the job outlook for individuals with an ATT degree will grow in the following areas:
Teacher AssistantJobs will grow 8% by 2026 and add 109,500 new teacher assistants to the 2016 total of 1,308,100.
Preschool TeacherBy 2026, there will be 10% more preschool teachers than the 2016, totaling 478,500. This projects 50,100 new teachers needed to meet the demand.
Childcare WorkerThis is a huge field according to the BLS, with 1,216,600 workers in 2016. By 2026, that figure will grow by 8% and add 84,300 new workers.
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