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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Early Childhood Education Major

The Early Childhood Education major is intended to prepare students to become birth through third grade teaching specialists. 
 

Program Highlights

  • Specializes in birth to grade 3 education
  • Early Childhood Education certification/initial license in Washington State
  • Interactive coursework with authentic materials and manipulatives
  • Early childhood field experiences in daycare and centers
  • Focus on positive and productive parental involvement
  • Knowledgeable and experienced faculty who focus on early childhood learning through play, emergent literacy and math 
  • Practical classroom management, instructional and assessment needed by beginning educators
  • Focus on whole child development and learning

Program Requirements

As a major, it requires a minor OR a second major.  Majors and minors will complete the program as a learning cohort (cohorts will begin winter and spring quarters).

Completion of EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 (minimum of 12 credits) is expected before student teaching for all double majors.  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 into the Teacher Certification Programs 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. All Early Childhood Education majors should discuss all of the options with an advisor prior to selecting a major.  

While application to the Teacher Certification Program is not required, students enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program class that has an embedded field experience, must have current WSP/FBI fingerprint and background clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 127; 509-963-1800; soe@cwu.edu) regarding clearance.

Advising

To learn more about or to be advised in the CWU Early Childhood Education Major Program in Ellensburg, contact:

Ms.Tracy Wise, Pre-Program Advisor
400 E. University Way
Black Hall, suite 127
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-963-1476

Transfer Students

The Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning (EDTL) Department Programs accept a maximum of 10 credits of Early Childhood Education transfer courses from other accredited colleges.  Please contact the EDTL Faculty Advisor to discuss and complete transfer substitution documents.

Program Requirements

EDEC 306 - Professional Growth and Expectations(2)
EDEC 307 - Equity, Culture, and Anti-Bias 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 - Infant & Toddler        (3)
EDEC 322 - Parent Involvement(3)
EDEC 411 - Curriculum II- Preschool(3)
EDEC 412 - Responsible Childhood Assessment(3)
        OR      EFC 315 - Educational Assessment 
EDEC 422 -  Classroom Management in an ECE Classroom(3)
        OR      EFC 350 - Classroom Management 
EDEC 424 - Curriculum III - Primary(3)
EDEC 432 - Theories of Child Development(3)
EDEC 492 Senior Internship(3)
EDEC 493 Practicum & Issues in ECE(12-15)

                                                                                                    Total Credits:  47

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Early Childhood Education Four-Year Plan

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