2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Teacher 45 credits

Early Childhood/ Early Intervention 51 credits

This major leads to initial licensure as a teacher of early childhood, grades PreK–2. Students completing the major may qualify for a variety of positions involving work with young children in nursery schools, kindergartens, and grades one through two. Within the major, students study ways of meeting children's special needs in regular early childhood settings.

Students in the Early Childhood Major must choose a liberal arts major to complement their professional study. Students may choose from twelve liberal arts fields:

  • Biology
  • Children, Youth, & Family Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies: Politics, Culture, and Society
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Social Change

This program requires a minimum of 150 hours of practicum work at the preschool/kindergarten level OR a minimum of 200 hours of practicum work in grade 1 or 2 during the junior year. The senior practicum is a semester experience at the level not chosen for the junior practicum.

Students working toward an Early Childhood Education licensure with an Early Intervention Specialization should refer to the Education Specializations section.

Degree Requirements

I. Required core:

Required benchmark grades

CEDUC 1352Teaching, Learning and Social Responsibility

4

CEDUC 2351Early Childhood Education

4

CEDUC 2401Literacy Learning

3

CEDUC 3373Developmental Experiences in Mathematics and Science

3

CEDUC 3395Literature for Children

3

CEDUC 3420Language Arts, Social Studies and Technology

3

CEDUC 4188Sheltered English Instruction: Pre-K - 6

4

CEDUC 4360Working with Parents and Children in Integrated Early Childhood Settings

3

CEDUC 4721Senior Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education

9

CEDUC 1352: C or higher

CEDUC 2351 and CEDUC 2401: C+ or higher

Choose ONE:

CEDUC 3702Junior Practicum and Seminar in Early Childhood Education

3

CEDUC 3704Junior Practicum and Seminar in Early Intervention

9

CEDUC 3704: Required benchmark grades

Students specializing in Early Intervention must take CEDUC 3704

II. Liberal Arts Support Courses:

CPSYC 2401Child Psychology

3

CPSYC 2437Characteristics of Children and Youth with Special Needs

3