The Early Childhood Education program at Delaware State meets all standards set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Early childhood Education students will develop the following professional skills as outlined in the NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation:
- Promoting child development and learning
- Building family and community relationships
- Observing, documenting and assessing to support students and families
- Using developmentally effective approaches
- Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
- Developing as a professional
Faculty in the College of Education, Health and Public Policy offers far more than academic instruction. They act as mentors, taking a personal interest in students to help them meet challenges in the classroom, the professional world, and in life. The on-site Lab School also provides an ideal setting for mentorship, enabling students to observe and work with veteran teachers and learn from their problem-solving strategies, communication methods, and teaching expertise.
Our faculty members are well published and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in young children’s development, literacy learning, administration as well as family and community partnerships.
Research and Experience
Opportunities for action research take place in many field based courses throughout the program. In addition to the observation hours spent at the DSU Lab School, students gain valuable experience by participating in early-childhood programs in the community and local schools. Early in their college career, students complete 60 hours of early field experience. Once juniors and seniors enter the Teacher Education Program they complete four practicums (infant/toddler, preschool, special education, and primary grades), followed by a full semester of student teaching.
Dr. Janet Hill, Associate Professor
Ext. 6718, Room 243