The adolescence to young adult minor, when taken with an appropriate major, offers programs leading to licensure in the following areas: earth/space science, (geology major); physical science, (chemistry/physics major); life science, (biology major); integrated mathematics, (mathematics major); integrated language arts, (English or writing major); integrated social studies, (history major).
The core values that undergird the early childhood licensure program are based in part on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct standards of professional practice in inclusive early childhood education. The University of Mount Union joins NAEYC in a commitment to certain fundamental values that are deeply rooted in the history of the early childhood field by:
- appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable state of the human life cycle and valuing the quality of children's lives in the present, not just as preparation for the future;
- basing our work with children on knowledge of child development and learning;
- appreciating and supporting the close ties between the child and family;
- recognizing that children are best understood in the context of family, culture, and society;
- respecting the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (child, family member, and colleague); and
- helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships based on trust, respect, and positive regard. (Feeney & Kipnis 1992, 3)
Taken together, these core values define our basic commitment to children and underlie our curriculum and its position on developmentally appropriate practice.
The Intervention Specialist major chooses one area of focus: Early Childhood Intervention Specialist or Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. The Early Childhood Intervention Specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate/intensive education needs from ages three through eight and prekindergarten through grade three. The Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist teaching license is valid for teaching learners with mild/moderate education needs from ages five through twenty-one and kindergarten through grade twelve.
The middle childhood major offers a choice of four different areas of emphasis leading to licensure: language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. The middle childhood major chooses two areas of emphasis in addition to a minor area of study.
The preparation of teachers in the areas of foreign language (French, German, Japanese, and Spanish), music, physical education, health, and visual arts is accomplished by offering candidates essential elements of the early and middle childhood and adolescence to young adult programs. Methods courses and field experiences are selected to develop specific skills and competencies necessary for success with candidates across this expanse of age and grade levels. The professional and pedagogical studies' component of the licensure area is based on NAEYC, NMSA, and NASSP models and incorporates a compendium of standards and benchmarks for K-12 education. Content specific methods courses are also a feature of this licensure area.