Degree Programs

Birth through Kindergarten Education, B.S.

 Dr. Eva C. Phillips
Program Coordinator

Birth-Kindergarten Education
School of Education & Human Performance
237-A Anderson Center
Winston-Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone (336) 750-2550
Fax (336) 750-2892


Programs of Study

Teacher Licensure Track

Early Intervention and Preschool Concentration (Non-Teaching Licensure)

Optional Concentration: Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Program Description

The Birth-Kindergarten Education (BKE) program prepares highly qualified Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) and Kindergarten classroom teachers who demonstrate leadership, know their content/subject areas, facilitate learning for all students, reflect on their practice, establish a respectful environment for a diverse population of students, promote equity among all learners, and address challenges of 21st century teaching and learning with creativity and respect for human differences. Upon graduation, candidates become eligible to apply for North Carolina initial teaching ("A") license to teach in Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms. Two additional BKE concentrations leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree are Early Intervention and Preschool and the Optional concentration in Administration and Leadership. The two additional concentrations are non-licensure.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Birth-Kindergarten Education program, candidates will demonstrate (1) the ability to lead in the school setting and other settings serving young children and their families; (2) knowledge of content in the specialty area; (3) the ability to design and implement developmentally appropriate instruction and learning environments for all children, zero to eight; (4) the ability to facilitate learning in students; (5) the ability to reflect on practice; (6) the ability to provide leadership and establish respectful environments for diverse learners;   (7) the ability to work collaboratively with school and agency personnel, parents and others; and (8) knowledge of the challenges of 21st century teaching and learning.

Major/Program Requirements

The degree program requires a minimum of 120 and a maximum of 128 credit hours of course work and field/clinical experiences in all BKE concentrations. All Candidates are required to meet specific program benchmarks, including completion of general education courses, minimum semester and cumulative grade point averages, and completion of early field experiences in schools or other approved settings. In addition, requirements for teacher education candidates include formal admission into teacher education and completion of clinical practice/student teaching.

Admission Requirements for Teacher Education

Students wishing to pursue a degree in BKE Teacher Education must be formally admitted into the teacher education program at WSSU (preferably) by the end of their sophomore year and/or after completing general education requirements. Specific admission requirements include:

Completion of all General Education requirements;Completion of English, speech, mathematics and laboratory courses with a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses;Completion of EDU 2334 (Education, Culture and Society) with a grade of "C" or better as part of the new General Education requirements;Acquired a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or better. Transfer students must have a 2.5 GPA. Passed PRAXIS I or evidence of exemption from the exam in line with North Carolina Department of Public Instructions requirements/guidelines; Successful completion of an essay/written exam or proof of exemption based on PRAXIS I essay writing; and Candidate signature acknowledging expected professional dispositions

Candidates must maintain a 2.50 overall GPA and earn a grade of "C" or better in all major courses, including professional and academic concentration courses. All pedagogical core courses numbered above 4000 require admission to the teacher education program and may not be taken until all admission requirements have been met. Some courses have prerequisites that candidates must fulfill before registering for those courses. 

Additional Birth-Kindergarten Education, B.S. program information and course descriptions are available in the current WSSU Graduate Catalog.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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