The Limestone Early Childhood coursework is built on the framework of rigorous teaching competencies, ensuring that teacher candidates are held accountable to professional preparation experiences of excellence. The expectations of knowledge and practice include the following:

  • Promoting Child Development and Learning
  • Building Family and Community Relationships
  • Observing, Documenting, and Assessing
  • Using Developmentally Appropriate Approaches
  • Using Content Knowledge to Build a Meaningful Curriculum
  • Becoming a Professional
  • Observing and Practicing in Diverse Early Education Settings: Field Experiences



The Praxis® tests measure the academic skills and subject-specific content knowledge needed for teaching. The Praxis tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. Teacher candidates must pass the Praxis examinations benchmarks: 

  • Praxis CORE: must be passed for admittance to the teaching program
  • Praxis II (content area) and the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam: must be passed prior to student teaching


A team of Limestone students and faculty sponsor Dr. Teresa White earned a grant to travel to NASA Langley for a weeklong summer institute to gain firsthand experiences of integrating STEM into educational practices.