CSU Academic Programs

Early Childhood Child Care Major

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The primary objective of the Early Childhood Child Care/Human Development Track is to prepare well-qualified teachers and directors who will be effective in guiding the learning experiences of young children in Head Start programs, child care centers, pre-school programs, and kindergartens. The focal point of the track is the recognition of children’s individuality and the development of their self-worth and security. Within the program, prospective teachers and future directors of centers will have the opportunities to acquire the skills and understanding that will enable them to stimulate the sensory and cognitive abilities of the child through exploration, experimentation, and discovery.  


Students who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree in the early childhood child care/human development track must meet the following requirements in order to declare a major:

  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 or better;
  • Must have completed at least 30 credits;
  • Must have completed the English and Math requirements (ENGL 101 & 102; MATH 103);
  • Must submit a Declaration of Major Form;
  • Must complete the Phase I Admission to teacher Education Portfolio; and
  • Must complete an interview with the Chairperson and another faculty member.

A.    General Education requirements: 46 credits

B.    Professional Education Requirements

EDUC 202 Educational Psychology *
SPED 201 Introduction to Needs of Exceptional children*
EDUC 203 Fundamentals of Teaching with Audiovisual Technology*
ECED 301 Child Growth & Physiological Development*
ECED 329 Principles & Practicum in Early Childhood*
CUIN 336 Collaborating with Families and Communities*
ECED 334 Creative Expression*
PSYC 304 Child Psychology
EDUC 402 History of Education
EDUC 300 Foundations of Reading*
MATH 104 Math for Elementary Teachers II
MATH 207 Technology Based Math for Teachers
ENGL 406 Advanced Grammar
ECED 339 Social Emotional Development of the Young Child
EDUC 408 Measurement & Evaluation
REED 401 Diagnosis & Remediation Of Reading Difficulties*
REED 405 Materials & Strategies for Teaching Reading
MNSC 316 Small Business Management
MNSC 310 Marketing for Managers
PSYC 335 Developmental Psychology
MNSC 328 Dynamics of Management
ECED 340 Introduction to Child Care*
ECED 344 Nutrition, Health, Safety, & Childhood Diseases*
ECED 347 Before and After School Child Care*
ECED 349 Intro. to Research, Evaluation, & Leadership in ECED*
*These course have a practicum experience requirement.



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