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Course Requirements – Early Childhood

Major in Early Childhood

General Education Requirements

General education requirements are presented in the undergraduate academic information section in this catalog. A course that meets a general education requirement may also meet a course requirement in the major or a course requirement in another disciplin e. While students must complete a full general education sequence, the following specific general education courses must be taken to meet the requirements for this major:

  • MTH 102 Contemporary Topics in Math (3 credits)
  • BIO 108 Introduction to Life Scie nces/lab (3 credits)
  • CIS 103 Computer Technology: Applications for Educators (3 credits)
  • HST 105 or 106 Introduction to American History I or II (3 credits)
  • PHY 108 Introduction to Physical Science/lab (3 credits )
  • PSY 200 Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • EDU 203 Survey of Learners with Exceptionalities (3 credits)
  • EDU 234 Philosophical Foundations of Education (3 credits)

Graduation Requirement

Students must complete one course in religion. REL 225 World Religions is highly recommended.

Required Early Childhood Courses for all Students in the Major

  • ECE 131 Introduction to Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
  • ECE/FCS 230 Infant/Toddler Development (3 credits)
  • ECE/FCS 232 The Young Child (3 credits)
  • ECE 300 Early Intervention in Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • ECE 320 Advocacy and Public Policy in Education (3 credits)
  • ECE 431 Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum (3 credits)
  • ECE 432 Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3 credits)
  • ECE 433 Applications of Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum (4 credits)
  • ECE 434 Early Childhood Management and Professionalism (3 credits)

Courses Required for Early Childhood with Certification

  • EDU 200 Introduction to Classroom Teaching (3 credits)
  • EDU 263 Methods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts (6 credits)
  • EDU 306 Analysis and Correction of Reading Difficulties (3 credits)
  • EDU 310 Reading Methods Practicum – Elementary ( 2 credits)
  • EDU 333 Multi-sensory Methods of Instruction (2 credits)
  • EDU 338 Emergent Literacy (2 credits)
  • EDU 325 Assessment of Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • EDU 373 Teaching through a Global Perspective (2 credits)
  • EDU 394 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • EDU 410 Planning for Instruction and Assessment (2 credits)
  • EDU 450 Student Teaching at the Elementary School Level (6 credits*)
  • EDU 452 Student Teaching PreK-K Level Courses Required in Other Disciplines
  • CDS 105 Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • FCS 214 Nutrition and Wellness (2 credits)
  • MTH 350 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary/Early Childhood (3 credits)
  • BIO 370 Methods of Teaching Science in Elementary/Early Childhood (2 credits)

Additional Courses Required for Early Childhood Special Education Certification

  • EDU 122 Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 307 Methods of Teaching Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • ECE 375 Practicum of Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 453 Student Teaching in Early Child hood Special Education (6 credits)

Courses Required for Early Childhood without Certification

  • EDU 140 Literature for Children and Adolescents (2 credits)
  • SOC 100 Survey of Sociology (3 credits)
  • ECE 235 Play, Happiness, and Well-Being (3 credits)
  • EDU 333 Multi-sensory Methods of Instruction (2 credits)
  • EDU 338 Emergent Literacy (2 credits)
  • EDU 394 Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • ECE 460 Internship (7 credits)

COURSES REQUIRED IN OTHER DISCIPLINES

  • CDS 105 Speech and Language Development of the Normal and Exceptional Child (3 credits)
  • FCS 214 Nutrition and Wellness (2 credits)