Early Childhood Education: The UDC Edge

The Early Childhood Education supports UDC’s mission of service by offering students the opportunity to focus on comprehensive care and education of children from PreK to 3rd grade and professional interaction with their families.  The program forms the academic framework, which guides developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood setting. The programs’ emphasis is placed on responding to the developmental and cultural uniqueness of each child as students in the program learn to design, implement, and evaluate curricular activities and learning environments. The program offers a rigorous advising and mentoring system to ensure that all students gain professional experience and establish connections useful for their postgraduate goals.

For more information, please contact Dr. Delia Robinson-Richards, Program Coordinator, at 202. 274.5875 or drrichards@udc.edu.

Early Childhood Education – Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Early Childhood Education focuses on comprehensive care and education of children from PreK to 3rd grade and professional interaction with their families. This education forms the academic framework, which guides developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood settings. Emphasis is placed on responding to the developmental and cultural uniqueness of each child as students in the program learn to design, implement, and evaluate curricular activities and learning environments. Each student completes student teaching experience in Pre-primary and primary settings.

Accreditation: The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Objectives for Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Programs

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy
  2. Communicate effectively.
  3. Utilize effective classroom and behavior management techniques.
  4. Design, implement and assess developmentally appropriate teaching/learning activities.
  5. Understand and demonstrate respect for individual needs and diversity.
  6. Integrate instructional and assistive technology to enhance learning for all students.
  7. Commit to continuous growth through reflection and professional development.
  8. Advocate change to improve education for students, school system, and self; display leadership qualities.
  9. Effectively collaborate with students, parents, colleagues, schools, and communities.

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Early ChildhoodEducation Program

Students in the bachelor’s program in English at UDC complete a 126 credit hour plan of study to earn the degree. Students take courses in language, creative arts, emergent literacy, practicums, methods and materials in math and science arranged by a wide variety of developmentally appropriate practices in field service and student teaching in diverse learning environments in the District of Columbia.

Recent elective courses have included:

  • Technology for Teachers
  • Assessment of Exceptional Children
  • Techniques/Procedures for Corrective and Remedial Reading

Core course topic areas include:

  • Principles of Early Childhood Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Teaching in Urban Schools
  • Observation, Participation and Student Teaching

Program of Study

Student Organizations and Activities

Students are encouraged to pursue campus- and department-sponsored service learning and community-based research opportunities with community organizations, nonprofits, schools and other groups in the local area.  Opportunities include:

Early Childhood Club: The student-led club volunteers, tutors, and has fund raisers for children in the District of Columbia.

NAEYC:  The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest national early childhood organization and our faculty encourages students to join.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Delia Robinson Richards, Program Coordinator, presents diverse early childhood topics at national and international conferences. She is a Fulbright Scholar who has developed and implemented early childhood programs in the United States and in the Caribbean. Her research projects include the implementation of the multiple intelligence theory into the early childhood curriculum and Black fathers’ involvement in their children’s academic achievement.

Arlene King-Berry, Professor Special Education, is a dynamic educator, and lawyer, with over 25 years of experience in the field of education. She has held a variety of positions in the District of Columbia Public and Charter Schools as teacher, supervisor, Director of Special Education, Special Education Attorney and Hearing Officer. Arlene is actively involved in grant writing, scholarly publications, and is a seasoned presenter at local, national and international conferences. Numerous awards attest to her prolific professional and community contributions.

Career Pathways and Prospects

A bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from UDC is great preparation for graduate study in any number of fields or for a career in areas such as:

  • Teaching
  • Public policy
  • School Leader/Principal
  • Specialist

UDC’s Early Childhood Education faculty and the university’s Career and Professional Development Center have a strong track record of helping graduates to find jobs, whatever their aspirations.

Contact info:

Dr. Delia Robinson-Richards, Program Coordinator | T: 202.274.5875 | E: drrichards@udc.edu

Dr. Arlene King-Berry |T: 202.274.5973 | E. akberry@udc.edu