Birth through Kindergarten Receives Early Childhood Pre-K Teacher Academy Grant



Laura Herold, assistant professor of human development and family science, is director of the Early Childhood Pre-K Teacher Academy.

Teachers in the Integrated K-K/Special Education Teacher Licensing Program at the University of Alberta’s School of Environmental Humanities have been awarded a grant to offer a teacher academy of early childhood.

This nine-credit-hour program offers an alternative route for educators working in eligible preschool settings to earn a first license in pre-K for the early years.

Participants will complete nine hours of graduate-level courses designed specifically for the Early Childhood Pre-K Teacher Academy, which will be delivered synchronously and asynchronously in the summer and fall of 2022.

With a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education, this program is available at no cost to admitted educators, with a total of 20 scholarships available.

Early Childhood Pre-K Teacher Academy courses include:

  • Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Education Policy and Practice
  • Science, math, technology and social studies for young children
  • Language, Literacy, Creativity and Aesthetics for Young Children

“We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity to educators who want to leverage their classroom experience and add a bachelor’s degree to their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education,” said Academy Director Laura Herold, Professor assistant in human development and family sciences. “This program will establish a professional learning community of passionate early childhood educators who will develop new skills together. They will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning at our campus daycare, Center for the Study of Child Development Jean Tyson, and will learn from birth through kindergarten faculty as well as early childhood education experts from across the state.

The JTCDSC is a nationally accredited child care center that serves families and their young children ages 8 weeks to 5 years old. The center is designed to support young children and adult learners. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe game-based classrooms and engage with early learning environments and materials in the innovative studio space.

“The center embodies the values ​​of play-based child care that supports and challenges children and adults alike,” said Shelley McNally, executive director of education programs at the Center for Child Development. child Jean Tyson and assistant professor of practice. “Educators at the center believe in the power of building quality relationships with children, parents, and students at the U of A. We understand that when children are part of warm, welcoming environments, they are more likely to to take risks that lead to success, growth We are excited to welcome the academy participants and learn alongside them how to provide high quality early learning experiences to our youngest citizens.”

The Early Childhood Pre-K Teacher Academy will begin with a summer orientation that both establishes a professional learning community and helps candidates pass the required Praxis exam. Innovative learning techniques and candidate support are integrated throughout the academy, which offers a balance between in-person and remote learning. The program also gives participants the opportunity to apply their learning through a fall internship experience in their job class.

Early childhood educators with a bachelor’s or higher degree in early childhood education or at least 18 hours of early childhood education coursework as part of a bachelor’s or higher degree can apply. Applicants must also have been employed in 2021-22 and be employed in 2022-23 in a qualifying setting serving 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds in Arkansas:

  • Pre-kindergarten in a public school (Arkansas Better Chance, Head Start, or district program)
  • Preschool in an educational services cooperative
  • ABC Pre-K in a Non-Public Setting (Arkansas Better Beginnings Level 3)

the Application for Pre-K Teacher Academy for Early Childhood Education is available now, and the deadline to apply is monday april 18. After admission to the academy, candidates will enroll in the U of A Graduate School as an undergraduate student.

For more information, contact Academy Director Laura Herold, Ph.D., [email protected] or 479-575-5162.

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