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Early Childhood Education Major with P-3 Teacher Certification

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  • Completion of this major prepares one for a career as a certified preschool through third grade teacher.

    In addition to the Early Childhood Education required courses, students must also complete the required general studies courses as well as a full academic co-major from the College of Arts and Sciences.


    Required Courses for Early Childhood Major and P-3 Certification (36 Credits)

    Each phase must be completed before registering for next phase.

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Phase I. Professional Foundations : Young Children, Family & Community 

    ECE 200    

    Intro to Early Childhood Education

    3

    ECE 215
     
    Introductory Field Work I** (Taken concurrently with ECE 200)

    ECE 225 Professional Dispositions in ECE

    1

    LTED 270 Emerging Literacy at Home and School

    3

    Phase II. Characteristics of Young Learners 
    ECE 210 Young Children’s Development, Behavior and Learning

    3

    ECE 220 Introductory Field Work II* (Taken concurrently with ECE 210)

    1

    SPEC 250 Introduction to Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth

    3

    ECE 460 Working with Families of Young Children    

    3

    Phase III. Curriculum & Assessment
    (Must be admitted to program before taking the following courses.)
    ECE 350     Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum (taken concurrently with ECE 331)

    3

    ECE 331 Early Childhood Field Experience**

    1

    ECE 300 Early Primary Curriculum

    3

    LTED 350 Early Childhood Reading, Language and Literacy Curriculum

    2

    Phase IV. Applying Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes in Practice (Final Semester)
    ECE 1480 Early Childhood Internship**

    6

    ECE 475 Reflecting on Knowledge and Practice

    2

    ECE 500 Early Childhood Classroom Management

    1

      Total Credits 

    36 

    *View our catalog for course descriptions.

    **Students must register by designated date for these field experience courses.

     


     

    General Studies Requirements

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    BIOL 103 or
    BIOL 104

    Human Sexual Biology or
    The Human Body

    3

    INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations

    3

    MATH 205 Problem Solving

    3

    PSYC 150 Development: Birth through Adolescence

    3

    SOCI 114 Sociology of the Family

    3

     


     

    Available Co-Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences

    Majors 

    Minimum Credit Hours 

    Art 

    64

    Biology (B.A.)

    55

    Chemistry (B.A.)

    56

    Chemistry (B.S.) 

    67

    Computer Science (B.S.)

    54

    Economics 

    42

    English 

    42

    Geoscience / Geography (B.A.) 

    42

    History 

    36

    Mathematics 

    36

    Media Arts 

    51

    Music 

    83.5

    Philosophy 

    36

    Physics 

    69

    Political Science 

    36

    Psychology 

    36

    Sociology 

    42

    Spanish 

    36

    Women's and Gender Studies 

    36