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Early Childhood Education Major

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The primary objective of the major in Early Childhood Education is to prepare well-qualified teachers who will be effective in guiding the learning experiences of children in Head Start programs, Child care centers, pre-school programs, kindergartens, and grades one through three. The focal point of the program is the recognition of the child's individuality and the development of his/her self-worth and security. Within the scope of the program, prospective teachers have opportunities to acquire those skills and understandings that will enable them to stimulate the sensory, cognitive, and social/emotional abilities/development of the child through exploration, experimentation, discovery, and successful experiences.

A.    General Education Requirements (40 credits)

B.    Professional Education Requirements

 SPED 201  Introduction to Needs of Exceptional Individuals*
 ECED 201  Learning Lab in an Educational Setting*
 EDUC 202  Educational Psychology*
 EDUC 203 Fundamentals of Teaching with Technology*
MATH 104 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
EDUC 273 Enhancing Test Performance#
EDUC 300 Foundations of Reading Instruction (Reading Acquisition)*
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
OR
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography
ECED 301 Child Growth and Physiological Development*
ECED 329 Principles and Practicum in Early Childhood*
ECED 334 Creative Expression*
PSYC 304 Child Psychology
CUIN 336 Collaborating with Families and Communities*
MATH 207 Technology Based Mathematics for Teachers
ECED 330 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood**
ECED 331 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood**
ECED 333 Methods of Teaching Reading in Early Childhood**
ECED 337 Methods of Teaching Science in Early Childhood**
ECED 338 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood
REED 401 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disabilities (Reading Assessment)*
REED 405 Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading*
EDUC 402 History of Education
EDUC 408 Measurement & Evaluation*
ECED 411/412 Directed Teaching/Seminar
#Recommended courses; credits do not count towards graduation
*Courses have a practicum experience requirement
**Must have met Praxis I requirement and Department approval in order to enroll in courses


C.    Field Based "Block" Methods Courses

Students may take 12 early childhood methods credits in Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies at a PDS site at the discretion of the Chairperson. Students must take ECED 329: Principles and Practicum in Early Childhood* and Praxis I as a prerequisite to the "Block". Students must register for all courses (12 credits) in the "Block".

D.    Minor in Early Childhood Education

The minor in Early Childhood Education provides experiences to prepare students to enable the Pre-K through Grade 3 child to develop effectively through successful cognitive and experience-based activities. Practical application of theories and principles of learning are provided through field experiences. Students electing to minor in Early Childhood Education must complete 21 hours in the program with a grade of "C" or higher.

Group A: Required Courses (18 credits)

ECED 329 Principles and Practicum in Early Childhood*
ECED 330 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Early Childhood**
ECED 331 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood**
ECED 333 Methods of Teaching Reading in Early Childhood**
ECED 337 Methods of Teaching Science in Early Childhood**
ECED 338 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood**


Group B: Major Electives (3 Credits)

EDUC 402 History of Education
ECED 334 Creative Expression*
* Course has a practicum experience requirement
**Must have met Praxis I requirement in order to enroll in courses; by approval of the Chairperson


 Major: Early Childhood Education

Level I (First Year)

Fall Semester
*ENGL 101 English Composition 3
*MATH 103 Math Elem Tchrs l 3
*»ECED 412 Seminar 0

General Elective 3
Semester Total 15
TOTAL CREDITS 123

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 

 

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