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Early Childhood Education Major

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With Washington State Teacher Certification:

This major is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teaching specialists. As it is less than a 60-credit major it requires a minor OR second major. 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 (see a department advisor as to how this may be effectively accomplished). Students seeking the teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education must complete all Teacher Certification and Professional Education Program requirements, which include the Professional Education Program courses (49-52 credits). Also, EFC 480, Student Teaching, of the Professional Education Program should be completed at the K-3 level. Students are advised to take EDEC 292, 232, and 332 as the initial portion of their studies. Successful completion of EDEC 493 is expected before student teaching. Exceptions may be granted by the department chair in unusual circumstances. EDEC 292 and EDEC 493 will be graded S or U. Students enrolling in either EDEC 292 or EDEC 493 must have WSP and FBI fingerprint clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228 or 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Without Washington State Teacher Certification:

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 an infancy/toddler/preschool setting only. While full application to the Teacher Preparation program is not required, students enrolling in either EDEC 292 or EDEC 493 must have WSP and FBI fingerprint clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228 or 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.


Required Courses

  • EDEC 232 - Child Development - Credits: (3)
    OR EDEC 310 - Infant Education - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 332 - Theories in Child Development - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 333 - ECE Curriculum: Pre-kindergarten - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 334 - ECE Curriculum: Kindergarten Primary - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 444 - Classroom Management in an ECE Classroom - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 448 - Parent Involvement - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 492 - Senior Seminar - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 493 - Practicum and Issues in ECE - Credits: (3-18)

Select from the following - Credits (12)

  • EDEC 232 - Child Development - Credits: (3)
    OR EDEC 310 - Infant Education - Credits: (3) (Whichever was not taken to fulfill the required course work)
  • EDEC 292 - Assisting in the Child-centered Classrooms - Credits: (5)
  • EDEC 347 - History and Philosophies of Early Childhood Education - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 354 - Childhood Learning - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 364 - Child Safety and Well-being - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 396 - Individual Study- Credits: (1-6)
  • EDEC 398 - Special Topics - Credits: (1-6)
  • EDEC 415 - Child Language Acquisition - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 418 - Equity, Culture, and Anti-bias in ECE - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 421 - Play in Childhood Learning - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 423 - Materials and Manipulatives in ECE - Credits: (2)
  • EDEC 425 - Responsible Childhood Assessment - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 432 - Child Development Research - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 443 - Lab Experience/Teaching ECE - Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 447 - Curriculum Exploration - Credits: (3)


Core Total Credits: 45



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