Competent teachers create respectful environments where they model and affirm acceptance of differences and work in partnership with family members. Candidate outcomes include:
KNOWLEDGE Candidates for the BK Program will possess the foundations of knowledge in early childhood education and the specialized skills of working with young children with special needs and their families. (a) Promoting child development for children with and without disabilities, including those at risk, (b) Understand assessment and evaluation processes and the uses in each in the development of cognitive, social-emotional, communication, motor, adaptive and aesthetic development, (c) Establish and maintain family and community relationships.
PEDAGOGY Candidates of the BK Program are nurturing professionals who use their knowledge of early childhood development to create an integrated curriculum and responsive environment for ALL children. (a) Connecting with ALL children, with and without disabilities, including those at-risk and their families, (b) Conducting appropriate, ongoing, formal and informal assessments, which guide their instructional design, (c) Use specific teaching/learning strategies appropriate for young children to design, implement, evaluate, and adapt learning experiences.
DIVERSITY Candidates of the BK Program will possess an appreciation and respect for diversity. (a) Understanding the impact of diversity on learning, (b) Understanding the culture of individual children and their families, (c) Exploration of own culture and belief system.
PROFESSIONALISM Candidates for the BK Program will conduct themselves as competent members of the early childhood profession. (a) Serve as team members, (b) Serve as leaders, (c)Reflect on their practice.