Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education, birth through age 8

Faculty of UHM COE is designing a statewide bachelor in education degree (B.Ed.) in early childhood education (ECE) track to articulate smoothly with the ECE programs at Honolulu Community College (HonCC), Hawaii Community College (HawCC), Kauai Community College (KauCC) and University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC).  This track will be a competency-based program for those interested in a career as an educator serving young children, birth through age 8 (B-8) and their families in communities across our state. This degree track will build on existing B.Ed.Degrees for ECE teachers. It will integrate culturally relevant and competency-based learning into coursework and field experiences aligned with NAEYC’s Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators, serving children B-8; NAEYC’s Advancing Equity position statement; and the E Malama I Na Keiki, which is Hawai‘i’s Core Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce, serving children birth through age 5 (B-5). This degree track will align with the NAEYC higher education accreditation standards and be aligned and recognized by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The track will be informed by community voices.