Early Childhood Education B.S.Ed.

Required credits to graduate with this degree: 132

This B.S.Ed. will prepare students to teach Birth to Age 8, which includes: preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to apply for birth through 3rd grade licensure. This degree is a composite of both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

*Distance learners please note that some methods courses will require synchronous classes and in-school practicums.

    Early Childhood Education majors must complete 36 hours of essential studies. The following Essential Studies courses require a minimum grade of "C": COMM 110, ENGL 110, ENGL 120 or ENGL 125, GEOG 103, MATH 103, and PSYC 111.  Additional requirements to the major include 3 science courses 2 of which much include a lab (SCNC 101 and SCNC 101L, SCNC 102 and SCNC 102L are recommended), and a history course, preferably HIST 103 or HIST 104. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain First Aid/CPR certification.

    A list of approved essential studies courses is available here.

    Early Childhood Education requires the following content/core specific courses prior to student teaching: all professional education and methods courses, 75% of content coursework specifically including the following classes: EDUC 350, EDUC 436, EC 335, EC 338, and EDUC 307.

      A minor or specialization is not required with this program.

        Criteria for Admission, Continuance, and Exiting the Teacher Education Program

          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 Courses

          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 338/SPED 338Home, School, Community Relations

          3

          EDUC 301Strategies In The Elementary School

          3

          EDUC 302Social Studies Strategies in the Elementary School

          3

          EDUC 318Reading in the Elementary School

          3

          EDUC 319Language Arts in the Elementary School

          3

          EDUC 350/SPED 350Remedial Reading

          3

          EDUC 436Kindergarten Methods

          2

          HPER 315Movement Education in Early Childhood

          2

          MATH 277Mathematics For Elementary Teachers

          3

          EDUC 307Math Strategies in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom

          3

          SCNC 321Science Strategies for Elementary Teachers

          3

          Total Credit Hours: 46

          Professional Education Courses

          A minimum grade of "B" is required for EDUC 250. A minimum grade of "C" is required for all other Professional Education courses except EDUC 401S.

          EC 210Introduction to ECE

          3

          EC 211Observations, Assessment, and Interpretation Techniques

          3

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

          3

          EC 376Field Experience in ECE

          1

          EDUC 250Introduction To Education

          3

          EDUC 272Educational Technology

          2

          EDUC 290/PSYC 290Theories of Learning and Management

          2

          EDUC 380Teaching English Language Learners

          2

          EDUC 381Human Relations and Cultural Diversity

          3

          EDUC 390Special Needs in an Inclusive Environment

          3

          EDUC 400Student Teaching

          10

          EDUC 400APart-Time Student Teaching

          5

          EDUC 401Electronic Portfolio, Assessment, and Seminar

          2

          EDUC 401SPre-Student Teaching Seminars

          0

          EDUC 422/PSYC 422Educational Assessment

          2

          PSYC 255Child and Adolescent Psychology

          3

          Total Credit Hours: 47