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FAU Now Enrolling Students for New Early Childhood Education Degree Program

New degree program designed for educators of young children from birth to age five

BOCA RATON , FL (August 21, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education will offer a new bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in fall 2008.   The bachelor of early care and education (BECE) is designed for educators of young children from birth to five years of age and was created through the collective vision of early childhood community leaders, donors, child advocates and representatives from Palm Beach Community College, in collaboration with FAU early childhood education faculty and staff.  

“The BECE is the result of years of dedication and perseverance on behalf of the early childhood community,” said Dr. Nancy Brown, director of the Center for Early Childhood Education, Research and Community Partnerships housed in FAU’s College of Education.    Brown also remarked that the degree program provides a professional career pathway.   Students with an associate of science degree in early childhood, and all interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.  

The degree prepares educators to teach, lead and gain experience with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and includes both theory and practical classroom instructional strategies.   Students in the program learn to teach children with a range of skills and abilities, including young children with special needs.   The degree coursework addresses child development, the creation of a high quality curriculum and learning environment, and how best to work successfully with parents, families and communities.   Additionally, students learn to effectively develop children’s innate talents and strengths; to include children from all cultural, socio-economic and linguistic backgrounds; and to provide children with the math, literacy and social skills necessary for future school success.

To qualify for admission to the BECE, applicants must meet FAU undergraduate admission requirements or complete an associate of science degree in early childhood education from a community college with an approved articulation agreement; have successfully completed the CLAST or be CLAST exempt; and have a GPA of 2.5 or better.   Students must first apply for FAU undergraduate admission before being admitted into the BECE program in the College of Education.   For information about university admission, visit www.fau.edu.   To learn more about the BECE program, visit www.coe.fau.edu/menu.htm or call 561-297-3570.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,   the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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