Department of Undergraduate Inclusive Education (DUIE) Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Undergraduate Inclusive Education is to provide candidates with educational programs and experiences designed to help them develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and professional dispositions needed for teaching in educational settings that are inclusive of all children.
The Childhood Education program prepares teacher candidates to be highly capable and ethically responsible teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach and reach all students effectively in childhood education (grades 1-6). We embrace the fundamental belief that all students can and will learn and that learning is significantly enhanced when teachers understand and apply education theory and research to inform practice and address the diverse learning needs of each student.
The Childhood Education program qualifies a candidate for certification in grades 1-6 with a B.S. in Childhood Education. Teacher candidates who major in Childhood Education must also complete a second major in a liberal arts field or in special education. The second major may require candidates to complete more than the minimum 120 credits required for degree completion. Candidates are encouraged to see their advisors to determine the specific number of credits required for each major. The Childhood Education program requirements are structured within a block schedule. Courses in one block must be completed successfully before continuing to the next block level.