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Early Childhood Education (Major)

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This major satisfies the endorsement for early childhood education. This major is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teaching specialists. Students who elect this major are strongly advised to simultaneously complete the elementary education major (see a department advisor as to how this may be effectively accomplished). Also, EDCS 442, Student Teaching, of the education program should be completed at the K-3 level. Students are advised to take EDEC 292, 331, 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 depart– ment chair in unusual circumstances. EDEC 292 and EDEC 493 will be graded S or U.

Required Courses


  • EDEC 232 - Child Development Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 292 - Assisting in the Child-Centered Classrooms Credits: (5)
  • 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 448 - Parent Involvement Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 493 - Practicum and Issues in ECE Credits: (6-15)
  • Credits: (15)

Select ten credits from the following electives: (10)


  • EDEC 310 - Infant Education Credits: (3)
  • 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 415 - Child Language Acquisition Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 418 - Equity, Culture, and Anti-bias in ECE Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 421 - Play in Childhood Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 423 - Materials and Manipulatives in ECE Credits: (2)
  • EDEC 432 - Child Development Research Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 443 - Lab Experience/Teaching ECE Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 444 - Classroom Management in an ECE Classroom Credits: (3)
  • EDEC 447 - Curriculum Exploration Credits: (3)

Total Credits: 45


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