Social and Behavioral Sciences
BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences - Early Childhood Studies Concentration
This concentration (also available as a minor) provides the skills needed of professionals working with young children and their families, and provides the academic background required for graduate study or advanced training in the field. Students pursuing ECS as either a minor or a concentration should complete the necessary paperwork so that ECS appears on their transcript. SBS students pursuing a minor in ECS are required to take at least four extra SBS electives in addition to the requirements of the major. These can be met in various ways. In contrast, a concentration is simply a way of organizing the 6 required SBS electives, one from each of the categories below. Any substitutions must be approved by faculty advisor.
Early Childhood Teacher certification (081): In addition to supporting early educators, the state has tried to address the needs of parents, public schools, and community members by creating several new specialized credentials. These credentials will help to ensure that early educators have specialized training specific to the developmental levels of the children with whom they work. A track for the State of Maine's Early Childhood Teacher certification (081) is now available through the SBS degree. Please see the Maine Department of Education website for full requirements.
The ME EC Teacher Certification 0-5 (081 Endorsement) allows graduates to teach in a variety of early childhood settings, including inclusive pre-kindergarten classrooms located in public schools. Graduates must submit an initial application, fee and official transcripts to The Maine Department of Education (DOE) Certification. The DOE will then complete an evaluation sending back a letter (checklist) indicating the requirements met (such as courses already approved for credit toward the certification) and any remaining requirements. The EC 0-5 Teacher Endorsement is an additional and different certification than the K-3 (029) or K-8 (020) Endorsement.
In public early care and education programs such as school-based pre-K programs and kindergartens, early educators are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and certifications or licenses specific to their field. For example, in school-based pre-K programs, early educators must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood, a state of Maine teaching certificate, and an additional early childhood teacher endorsement, the Endorsement 081.
The Endorsement 081: Early Childhood Teacher (Birth to School Age), is for pre-K educators. Endorsement 081 is intended to support appropriate early education learning experiences by ensuring that all educators working in public school pre-K programs have specialized knowledge of early childhood development. As of 2011, all public school pre-K programs will be required to have a lead teacher who has both a valid Maine state teaching certificate and Endorsement 081.
In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following requirements apply to the Early Childhood Studies Concentration:
Choose one course from each of the following six groups of courses. Any substitutions must be approved by faculty advisor:
SBS 305 Child Development
SBS 309 The Psychology of Attachment in Early Childhood
Note: SBS 309 would be an appropriate choice for students with significant prior learning in developmental psychology. SBS 309 is not recommended for students in other majors who are taking a Minor in ECS.
SBS 341 The Family
SBS 301 Group Dynamics
SBS 302 Interpersonal Behavior
EDU/LAE 200 Education in the U.S
SBS 310 Childhood and Society
SBS 346 Introduction to Social Services
Children and Evaluation
SBS 350 Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
SBS 375 Infant Mental Health
SBS 450 Approaches to Assessing Individual Differences in Children
Teaching/Preparing Children for Learning
EDU 336 Children’s Literature
SBS 340 Language Acquisition and Literacy Development