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Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children

Early Childhood Education (Major and Minor)

Early Childhood Education Major

The Early Childhood Education major is intended to prepare students to become birth through third grade teaching specialists.  As a major, it requires a minor OR a second major.  Majors and minors will complete the program as a learning cohort (beginning fall or winter quarter). EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 must be taken concurrently and then either course may be repeated individually. Candidates must be fully admitted to the major prior to beginning the six quarter cohort sequence.

Students who elect to complete this major for a teacher certification endorsement in Early Childhood Education are strongly advised to simultaneously complete the Elementary Education major. Successful completion of EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 (minimum of 12 credits) is expected before student teaching.  In addition they must:

  • Visit with an ECE advisor
  • Declare a major
  • Simultaneously complete the Professional Education Program.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 credits.
  • Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional Education Program courses.

 

A student may complete this major without gaining entry to the Teacher Preparation Program or completing the Professional Education Program.  Under such circumstances a teacher certification endorsement in Early Childhood will not be granted. This option exists for those individuals who wish to work with young children in birth-age 8 settings that do not require teacher certification. See an advisor. While full application to the Teacher Certification Program is not required, students enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program class that has a field experience, must have current WSP/FBI fingerprint and background clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Transfer Students

We accept a maximum of 10 credits of Early Childhood Education courses from Community Colleges.  Please contact a CWU advisor to select the best fit with our program.

Program Requirements

EDEC 306 - Professional Growth and Expectations(2)
EDEC 307 - Equity, Culture, and Antibias in ECE(3)
EDEC 312 - Childhood Learning(3)
EDEC 313 - Materials and Manipulatives in ECE(3)
EDEC 314 - Learning Through Play(3)
EDEC 321 -  Curriculum I         (3)
EDEC 322 - Parent Involvement(3)
EDEC 411 - Curriculum II (3)
EDEC 412 - Responsible Childhood Assessment(3)
OR      EFC 315 - Educational Assessment 
EDEC 422 -  Classroom Management in ECE Classrooms(3)
OR      EFC 350 - Classroom Management 
EDEC 424 - Curriculum II(3)
EDEC 432 - Theories of Child Development(3)
EDEC 492 Seminar(3)
EDEC 493 Practicum (12-15)

                                                                                                    Total Credits:  50

 

Early Childhood Education Minor

This minor is intended to prepare students to become  birth through grade 3 teachers. Majors and minors will complete the program as a learning cohort (beginning fall or winter quarter). Candidates must be fully admitted to the minor prior to beginning the six quarter cohort sequence. All students in the ECE program must have WSP/FBI background and fingerprint clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Students who elect to complete this minor for a teacher certification endorsement in Early Childhood Education are strongly advised to simultaneously complete the Elementary Education major. Students seeking the teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education must complete Teacher Certification and Professional Education Program requirements and courses (50 credits). In addition they must:

  •     Visit with an ECE advisor
  •     Declare a major
  •     Simultaneously complete the Professional Education Program.
  •     Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 credits.
  •     Earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional  Education Program courses.

 

A student may complete this minor without gaining entry to the Teacher Preparation Program or completing the Professional Education Program.  Under such circumstances a teacher certification endorsement in Early Childhood will not be granted. This option exists for those individuals who wish to work with young children in birth-age 8 settings that do not require teacher certification. See an advisor. While full application to the Teacher Certification Program is not required, students enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program class that has a field experience, must have current WSP/FBI fingerprint and background clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Program Requirements

EDEC 306 - Professional Growth and Expectations  (2)(2)
EDEC 307 - Equity, Culture, and Antibias in ECE(3)
EDEC 312 - Childhood Learning(3)
EDEC 313 - Materials and Manipulatives in ECE(3)
EDEC 314 - Learning Through Play(3)
EDEC 321 -  Curriculum I       (3)
EDEC 322 - Parent Involvement(3)
EDEC 411 - Curriculum II (3)
EDEC 412 - Responsible Childhood Assessment(3)
OR      EFC 315 - Educational Assessment 
EDEC 422 -  Classroom Management in ECE Classrooms(3)
OR      EFC 350 - Classroom Management 
EDEC 424 - Curriculum III(3)
EDEC 432 - Theories of Child Development(3)

                                                                                                                           Total Credits: 35