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Early Childhood Studies (ECE/ECSE)

Position Title Summary of Responsibility Employer Salary Range (Idaho) Other Considerations
Elementary Education Teacher Working as a teacher with your own classroom/class teaching children in grades K-3. Helpingall children in your class (normally developing and those with special needs) reach their full potential through individualized instruction and working closely with families. Public and non-public schools in Idaho Minimum salary for public school teachers is $25,000. Average salary for elementary public school teachers is approximately $37,000 (9-month contract) There are approximately 73,000 K-3 students in Idaho (2000). With an average class size in the public schools of 18, there are an estimated 4,055 K-3 teaching positions in Idaho public/non-public schools.
Elementary Education Special Education Teacher Working with grades K-3 special needs children in the least restrictive environment and their families to ensure each child reaches his or her full potential. Public and non-public schools in Idaho Approximately the same as for Elementary Education Teacher (see above) Approximately 12 percent of Idaho’s 73,000 K-3 student population (8,760 children) is considered to have special needs.
Preschool Special Education Teacher Teaching preschool (ages 3-4) special needs children. Helping each child reach his or her full potential through individualized instruction and working closely with families. Programs are offered through each school district. Approximately the same as for Elementary Education Teacher (see above) There were approximately 2,200 Pre-K special education students in the public schools in 2000.
Idaho Head Start Providing educational services to qualified families and children (birth to age four) in a variety of positions including the following:

  • Program Director
  • Child Development/Education Services
  • Health Services
  • Parent Involvement Services
  • Teacher
  • Home Visitor
Head Start is a federal program sponsored through the US Department of Education
  • Director – $46,000
  • Child Development /Education Services – $32,000
  • Health Services – $28,500
  • Teacher – $16,500
  • Home Visitor – $18,500
Total Head Start staff employed in Idaho in 2001 was 621 (including 165 teachers, 98 teacher’s assistants, 29 home visitors). Total enrollment (including expectant mothers under Early Head Start) was approximately 2,800 children.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a blended certificate?

The Blended Certificate (Birth-3rd Grade) is a certificate passed by the State Board of Education in June 2002. It is in response to a need to focus undergraduate programs on the skills needed for teachers to teach all young children, those who are developing typically and those with disabilities and delays.

The Blended Certificate program combines general education and special education teacher training into one four-year teacher preparation program, thus blending Early Childhood Education (ECE) with Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE). It is also possible for post-graduate students to pursue the Blended Certificate.

Participants can concentrate their studies on the breakthroughs surrounding the development and education of young children from birth through grade three. The program promotes “best practices” affirmed by the latest brain research and standards that reflect nationally shared values about early childhood care and education. The Blended Certificate offers students an unprecedented level of comprehensive knowledge and skills! These include:

  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs
  • Multiple Instruction Strategies
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Professional Commitment and Responsibility
  • Partnerships

 

Why pursue a blended certificate?

If you have a desire to learn, and if you want to really make a difference in the lives of young children, then the Blended Certificate program is for you!

Blended certificate holders will have options for these different age-level assignments for typically and atypically developing: Infant, Toddler, Preschool, and Grades K-3.

A Blended Certificate offers graduates a wide range of employment opportunities, including:

  • Public schools – preschool through 3rd grade
  • Agencies – Head Start, Health & Welfare, Child Care
  • Private schools – preschool through 3rd grade

Researchers continue to find that early childhood education is “critical” to success later in school and in adult life. The skills you master will help to identify and address the needs of those children at risk for developmental delays or school failure.

How does one get a blended certificate?

The Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Blended Certificate is a new program available at Idaho’s three public universities: University of Idaho, College of Education or College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Boise State University, College of Education and Idaho State University, College of Education.

Those seeking a Blended Certificate must meet appropriate standards from the following core areas:

  • Idaho Core Teacher Standards for all Teachers
  • Elementary Education Standards
  • Idaho Foundation Standards for Special Education Teachers
  • Idaho Standards for Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education

Furthermore, students will be able to demonstrate competency in a core body of knowledge needed by early childhood professionals, including:

  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Human Development and Learning
  • Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs
  • Multiple Instruction Strategies
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Professional Commitment and Responsibility
  • Partnerships

Standards can be retrieved from the State Department of Education.

Is there a need for a blended certificate?

Absolutely!  Research has demonstrated that early childhood education is critical to success in school and even adult life.  Highly qualified teachers who can work effectively with all children, those who are typically developing and those with disabilities and delays, are the key to successful early childhood care and education.

Can I be part time?

Yes you can be part-time! However, full time (Minimum of 12 credits) is preferred in order to get graduates in the market place.

Full-time is required to qualify for a scholarship.

Where can I get more information?

Contact Keith Allred, Chair, Early Childhood Studies, if you are interested in pursuing the Blended Certificate Program.

(208) 426-1548
keithallred1@boisestate.edu

Boise State University
College of Education
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725[/do]