Early Childhood B.A.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120

The Early Childhood program will allow Early Childhood educators the opportunity to further their professional growth through distance learning, including 2-way video and Internet. The philosophy of the Early Childhood program incorporates the reflective experiential model of Mayville State University’s Teacher Education program. The program will prepare students to work in a variety of leadership positions, including Early Childhood Education teachers, Early Childhood administrators, supervisors, curriculum specialists, and education coordinators in preschool programs.

Students will complete the essential studies courses, core requirements for the Early Childhood major, and then choose at least one specialization. Distance learning students may need to take some courses on a local campus if the course is not offered as a distance class at this time.

Early Childhood majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies. The following Essential Studies courses are required: COMM 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 120 or ENGL 125, PSYC 111, and SOC 110.

A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

At least 36 SH of courses at the upper-division level (300-400) courses are required.

Students coming into the program with an AA degree will need an additional 8 SH of electives to meet the 120 minimum required to graduate.

Students are encouraged to take HPER 210 - First Aid and CPR or complete the training locally to be certified in First Aid/CPR.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • SLO 1: Learner & Learning: Students understand diversity in learning and developmental processes and create supportive and safe learning environments for students to thrive.
  • SLO 2: Content: Students understand subject matter deeply and flexibly so they can advance their students’ learning, address misconceptions and apply ideas to everyday life.
  • SLO 3: Instructional Practice: Students will plan instruction, utilize effective instructional strategies and technologies, and continuously assess students for mastery and decision-making purposes.
  • SLO 4: Professional Responsibility: Students will take responsibility for student learning, collaborative relationships, their own professional growth, and the advancement of the profession.

 

Requirements

Core Professional Courses

EC 210Introduction to ECE

3

EC 211Observations, Assessment, and Interpretation Techniques

3

EC 313Language & Literacy in ECE

3

EC 320Infants and Toddlers

3

EC 322Administration & Leadership in ECE

3

EC 333Pre-K Methods/Materials

3

EC 335Art, Music, and Play in ECE

3

EC 336/SPED 336Social & Emotional Development & Guidance in ECE

3

EC 338/SPED 338Home, School, Community Relations

3

UNIV 345Grant Writing

3

EC 376Field Experience in ECE

1

EC 398Child Development Internship

6

or

EC 398ABA Internship

3

EC 418Technology, Math, and Science in ECE

3

EC 495Service Learning in ECE

2

EDUC 381Human Relations and Cultural Diversity

3

HPER 315Movement Education in Early Childhood

2

PSYC 255Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

PSYC 332Applied Psychology

3

SPED 237Special Needs in ECE

3

ASL 101*American Sign Language I

4

Choose 4 credits from the following:

ASL 102*American Sign Language II

4

SPAN 101First Year Spanish I

4

SPAN 102First Year Spanish II

4

*Course offered through Lake Region State College

EC 398: for students who do not have an Associates level internship

EC 398A: for students who have an Associates level internship

Total Credit Hours: 61-64

*No minor required

 

Specializations

A. Administration

ACCT 200Elements Of Accounting I

3

BUSN 235Computer Applications I

3

BUSN 305Foundations of Entrepreneurship

3

BUSN 325Management Theory & Research

3

BUSN 352Marketing Theory & Research

3

BUSN 391Professional Development

1

Total Credit Hours:16

B. After School (select 16 credits from the following):

EC 375Supervised Tutorial Experience

3

EDUC 250Introduction To Education

3

EDUC 350/SPED 350Remedial Reading

3

EDUC 390Special Needs in an Inclusive Environment

3

EDUC 436Kindergarten Methods

2

HPER 319Health and Physical Education In The Elementary School

2

MATH 277Mathematics For Elementary Teachers

3

Total Credit Hours:16

C. Infant/Toddler:

EC 203Sign Language

4

EC 340/SPED 340Assessment & Documentation in Infant & Toddler Programs

3

EC 341Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers

3

EC 342Routines and Guidance in Infant & Toddler Programs

3

EC 375Supervised Tutorial Experience

3

Total Credit Hours:16

D. Special Needs/ Paraprofessional

EC 203Sign Language

4

EDUC 390Special Needs in an Inclusive Environment

3

Select 9 credits from the following:

EC 375Supervised Tutorial Experience

3

EDUC 350/SPED 350Remedial Reading

3

MATH 277Mathematics For Elementary Teachers

3

SPED 343Classroom Modifications

3

SPED 344Augmented and Alternative Communication

3

SPED 497Special Education Internship

0.50-12.00

Total Credit Hours:16