Early Childhood Education

General

Program Title

Early Childhood Education

Degree Designation

BS

Award Type

Baccalaureate

Program Level

Undergraduate

Instruction Mode

On Campus

Program Description

This major focuses on preparing teachers of young children from birth through grade 3. The program emphasizes child development, working with parents, children and the community, inclusive educational practices, understanding diversity and equity, and authentic assessment. The program prepares students to work in early education and care settings (teachers, program coordinators, directors, children's museum curators), primary grades teachers (K-3), as well as serve as a bridge to advanced educational and professional positions such as Early Childhood Special Educator, Child Life Specialist, Infant Development Specialist, Counselor, Psychologist, and Family and Parent Educator. The program includes a variety of field experiences ending with student teaching experiences in Pre-Kindergarten for 12 weeks and a K-3 setting for 8 weeks.

Department/Unit(s)

College/School

College of Education and Learning Design

Status

Active

Admission Requirements

What previous degree and/or experience is required prior to admission to this program?

High School / GED

Requirements

Credits: 79

Program Requirements

Foundation (17 credits). ED 200 or CFS 200, CFS 315, HURL 497, IM 423, MATH 301. Early Education I (18 credits): CFS 220, CFS 260, CFS 421, CFS 431, CFS 422, CFS 443. Early Education II (17 credits): CFS 406, CFS 413, CFS 408, CFS 428 or ED 428, SCI 226, PESS 388. Final Year (27 credits): CFS 400, CFS 423, CFS 433, CFS 460 (6 Cr.), ED 417, ED 418, ED 419, ED 420 (6 Cr.)

Electives

Admission To Teacher Education: 1

Education Sequence: Foundation(17 credits).ED 200 or CFS 200,CFS 315, HURL 497, IM 423, MATH 301. Early Education I (18 credits): CFS 220, CFS 260, CFS 421, CFS 431, CFS 422, CFS 443. Early Education II (17 credits): CFS 406, CFS 413, CFS 408, CFS 428 or ED 428, SCI 226, PESS 388. Final Year (27 credits): CFS 400, CFS 423, CFS 433, CFS 460 (6 Cr.), ED 417, ED 418, ED 419, ED 420 (6 Cr.) Admission to Teacher Education Unit is required for placement in student teaching.

Upper Division Writing Met

Admissions Requirements

  • The Upper Division Writing Requirement (University's Upper Division Writing Requirement) is initiated in CFS 423 and completed in CFS 460.

  • See department website for admission process/transition points.

Notes

2.75

See program website for additional information.

Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Apply content knowledge, skills, innovative thinking, and attitudes reflecting best practices in early childhood and child development, as well as continue to acquire and actively participate in the learning community.

Outcome

Plan, design, and implement developmentally appropriate and meaningful learning experiences for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners through third graders.

Outcome

Establish and maintain positive, collaborative, and ethical relationships with students, families, communities, and colleagues.

Outcome

Create a healthy, respectful, and supportive learning environment that is engaging and encourages students to achieve high standards and build healthy self-esteem.

Outcome

Identify and describe the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of children and families, and create opportunities to support cultural and linguistic growth by implementing a research asset-based approach.

Degree Maps

Major Code

8105

Program Code

2049