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The Teaching and Learning in PreK-6 major will prepare career changers, including emergency-certified teachers and those on alternative pathways to certification, to effectively teach children in early childhood and elementary classrooms. The program is designed for those who already have a bachelor’s degree but have not completed a comprehensive teacher preparation program.

Degree Sheet

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of curriculum theories and instructional design to support planning and teaching.
  • Apply pedagogical knowledge and skills to effectively teach core subjects, such as math and reading, to all learners, including non-native English speakers.
  • Use the assessment cycle to plan, design, and implement appropriate learning activities based on effective instructional strategies.
  • Utilize appropriate guidance and classroom management to support interactions between and among PreK-6 students, teachers, and families.
  • Engage in research in early childhood and elementary classroom, using knowledge of theoretical frameworks, methodology, and data analysis.
  • Identify, evaluate, and critique critical issues in education that impact professional philosophies and practices.
  • Participate in the process of professional engagement including professional development and advocacy.

Teacher Path Courses

Are you interested in teaching PreK-6th grade?

The UCO Teacher Path program provides personalized resources to help you accomplish the next steps in your teaching career. This program serves as a guided pathway for those seeking an alternative pathway for early childhood and elementary certification. These classes are major classes in the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning in PreK-6 (Curriculum and Instruction).