A. To receive certification in early childhood education (prekindergartengrade 3), the applicant shall:
(1) Complete one of the following options:
(a) Earn a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE with a major in interdisciplinary studies or a major in an academic field taught in early childhood education including a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science and 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies; or
(b) Earn a bachelor's or higher degree from an IHE and complete not less than 48 semester hours of content course work taken at an IHE including a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science and 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies;
(2) Complete 27 semester hours of professional education course work taken at an IHE, including a course in each of the following at the appropriate age or grade level:
(a) Child development;
(b) Human learning;
(c) Teaching methodology;
(d) Inclusion of special needs student populations;
(e) Assessment of students;
(f) Processes and acquisition of reading skills;
(g) Best practices in reading instruction that include the cuing systems of graphophonics, semantics, and syntactics;
(h) Use of reading assessment data to improve instruction; and
(i) Materials for teaching reading to gain literary experience, to perform a task, and to read for information; and
(3) Complete a teaching experience in one of the following ways:
(a) A supervised experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school setting at the prekindergarten or kindergarten and primary age/grade level; or
(b) 1 year of successful full-time teaching experience in a public or accredited nonpublic school setting at the prekindergarten, kindergarten, or primary age/grade level.
B. The course work required in §A(2)(f)(i) of this regulation may also be taken through CPDs.
C. A minimum of 50 percent of the course work required in §A(1) and (2) of this regulation shall be taken at the same institution.