Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
College of Education and Human Development
The overall mission of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) is to prepare responsive and effective educators for working with learners of all ages, infancy through adulthood. With its major emphasis in teacher certification programs for individuals seeking to teach in public school settings. Additional responsibilities include preparing personnel to teach in private kindergarten centers, day care centers and education programs operated by community agencies, businesses and industries.
The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) offers three undergraduate programs to include Childcare and Family Education (Non-Licensure); Elementary Education K-3; and Elementary Education K-6. The department houses the Test Preparation Center which assists in preparing students for licensure examinations toward educator licensure; and the Harris Gambrell Reading Center which assists students with various components of reading. The department also houses the Student National Education Association (SNEA) and the EECE Club which are open to all education majors. The mission of the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) is to prepare responsive and effective educators for working with learners of all ages, infancy through adulthood.
The Elementary Education K-3 and K-6 programs are accredited by the Council for the
Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Develop Next-Generation Minds
Jackson State University’s Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education is an academic department that offers a degree program focused on preparing future educators for the unique challenges and rewards of teaching young children in grades K-6. Program completion depends on routes set by the Department and covers a range of topics related to child development, learning theory, and teaching strategies. The curriculum for the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education includes courses in child development, language and literacy development, math and science education, and social studies education. Students also take courses in educational psychology, teaching methods, and classroom management to gain a better understanding of how to effectively teach young children in diverse settings.
LEARN BY DOING
In addition to classroom instruction, the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education provides students with opportunities for hands-on learning through field experiences, practicums, and internships. These experiences allow students to apply the theories and strategies they have learned in the classroom to real-world teaching situations, and gain practical skills in curriculum development, assessment, and instruction.
“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”
APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Students admitted to other degree programs within the College of Education and Human Development, who desire to teach in elementary or secondary schools, are also enrolled in the courses provided by EECE. Students gain advanced knowledge in learning theories, educational standards, goals and objectives, cultural influences concerning learning, curriculum design, and implementation.
Elementary and Early Childhood majors have a plethora of career options:
|Preschool Teacher||Kindergarten Teacher||Elementary School Teacher||Childcare Center Director|
|Teacher Aide||Childcare Worker||Educational Consultant||Sales Representative|
The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepares educators to work with learners of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and cultures. EECE is recognized for its excellence in teaching, research, and service. Many graduates are teachers, consultants, principals, college professors, and state department employees. The department has one of the highest enrollments at Jackson State University, which is attributed to its active community involvement, personal approach to instruction, and advising.
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READY TO JOIN?
For more information, please contact us at (601) 979- 2341. We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.