2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 22, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth-6) [ECD]


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This major in the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department  prepares students to have dual certification in early childhood and childhood education for teaching from birth through grade 6.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply their knowledge of child development, learning, and the multiple interacting influences to provide learning experiences that are meaningful and appropriately challenging for every child.  
  2. Value the complex characteristics of children's families and communities by developing reciprocal, collaborative relationships with families and communities to holistically and responsively address their children's learning and developmental needs.
  3. Apply purposeful assessment practices and their knowledge of the goals, benefits, and uses of varied assessment methods when designing, implementing, adapting, and interpreting assessments to inform instruction and learning environments that promote positive child outcomes.
  4. Make evidence-based decisions to design and implement a broad repertoire of developmentally effective strategies, tools, and environments that enhance child learning and development.
  5. Demonstrate and apply accurate understandings of essential practices, central concepts, learning standards, and content-area structures to develop and evaluate developmentally appropriate, engaging, culturally responsive, and integrative curriculum and learning environments.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism by employing the field's foundational knowledge and professional ethical principles, integrating reflective practices and critical perspectives, and involving themselves in professional communities through collaboration and informed advocacy.

A. College-wide and General Education Courses: 50 credit hours


Foreign Language 102 (3 cr. hr.)

General Education Program


GE 3: Social Sciences


GE 4: United States History and Society


Any GE 4 course.

GE 5: Western Civilization


Any GE 5 course (This category is optional)

GE 6: Contrasting Cultures


Any GE 6 course

GE 7: The Humanities


Any GE 7 course

GE 8: The Arts


Any GE 8 course

GE 9: Foreign Language


Students must

successfully complete the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence 
or

confirm proficiency equivalent to successful completion of the second semester (102) of a college-level foreign language sequence through a testing program approved by the Modern Languages Department, such as the CLEP or OPI.

GE 11: Prejudice and Discrimination


GE 12: Science, Technology, Values and Society


B. Professional Preparation and Pedagogy Courses: 61 credit hours


C. Approved Childhood and Early Childhood Concentrations


30-31 credit hours with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level.

Approved concentration requirements are listed in the Childhood and Early Childhood program requirements. If a second major is selected as an alternative to the 30-credit hour concentration, the requirements will be listed in the academic department of the second major.

I. Environmental Studies Concentration


31 credit hours, with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above

B. Natural Science Courses - select six credit hours at the 300 level and above from the following:


Please note: some courses listed below may require additional prerequisites.

C. Social Science Courses - select six credit hours at the 300 level and above from the following:


D. Electives: 6 credit hours


Select six additional credit hours at the 300 level and above from those courses not taken to fulfill the Natural Sciences (B) or the Social Sciences (C) as listed above.

Total credit hours: 31


II. Humanities Concentration


30 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above. 6 additional credits from Required Humanities Core and/or Humanities Electives at the 100 through 400 level.

A. Required Humanities Core: 12 credit hours


Select one course from each of the groups below:

Humanities - select three credit hours from the following:


Select three additional credit hours from GE Category 7 - Humanities


Select three additional credit hours from GE Category 8 - The Arts


B. Humanities Electives at the 300 and 400 level : 12 credit hours


  • Select 12 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level in any of the following disciplines with the subject prefix:
    ATH, ATS, ATT, ENG, MUS, PHI, PWR, THT.
  • Additionally, EDU 303 and COM 436 may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  • Select 6 additional credits from Required Humanities Core and/or Humanities Electives at the 100 through 400 level.

III. Social Sciences Concentration


30 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 credit hours at the 300 level or above.

A. Required Social Sciences Core: 12 credit hours


Select three credit hours from GE Category 4 - U.S. History and Society


Select three credit hours from GE Category 5 - Western Civilization


Select three credit hours from GE Category 6 - Contrasting Cultures


B. Social Sciences Electives at the 300 and 400 level : 12 credit hours


  • Select 12 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level in any of the following disciplines with the subject prefix:
    ANT, ECO, GRY, HIS, POL, SOC or any of the following courses: FSA 305, FSA 333, FSA 347 or FSA 505 (also listed as SOC 505).
  • Select 6 additional credits from Social Sciences Core and/or Social Science Electives at the 100 through 400 level.

Total credit hours: 30


IV. English Language Arts and Writing Concentration


A. Writing Introductory Course - select three credit hours from the following:


B. Introductory English - select three credit hours from the following:


C. Professional Writing - select three credit hours from the following:


E. English and Professional Writing


  • Select 12 credit hours at the 300 and 400 level in any discipline with the ENG or PWR subject prefix. 

F. Additional Credits


Select 6 additional credits at the 100 through 400 level in any discipline with the ENG or PWR subject prefix.

Total credit hours: 30


V. Mathematics Concentration


Calculus: 6 credit hours


Upper-level Mathematics: 12 credit hours


Statistical Methods: 3 credit hours


Mathematics Electives at the 300 and 400 level


Select three credit hours from the following or any mathematics course at the 300 level or above.

Total credit hours: 30


Required Workshops


Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124


Total Credit Hours Required for Childhood/Early Childhood Dual Certification with Concentration: 124


Example of the B.S. in Early Childhood and Childhood with a concentration in Humanities over four years


Link to General Education (GE); Link to Foreign Language 

Total credit hours for semester: 16


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Second Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 18


Second Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Fall


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Third Year Spring


Total credit hours for semester: 18


Total credit hours for semester: 15


Total credit hours for semester: 13


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