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Early Childhood Education Major with Dual Certification in Early Childhood (P-3) and Elementary Education (K-5)

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  • Students who complete this program will be eligible for Preschool through Grade Three and the Elementary Teacher Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing. These students will earn a major in Early Childhood Education in addition to their liberal arts major. 


    Required Courses for Early Childhood Major and P-3 Certification (36 Credits)  

    Each phase must be completed before registering for next phase.

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    Phase I. Professional Foundations:
    Young Children, Family & Community
     

    ECE 200    

    Intro to Early Childhood Education

    3

    ECE 225 Professional Dispositions in ECE

    1

    LTED 270 Emerging Literacy at Home and School

    3

    ECE 210 Young Children’s Development, Behavior and Learning

    3

    SPEC 250 Introduction to Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth

    3

    ECE 460 Working with Families of Young Children    

    3

    Phase II. Curriculum & Assessment
    (Must be admitted to program before taking the following courses**.)
    ECE 350     Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum (taken concurrently with ECE 331)

    3

    ECE 331 Early Childhood Field Experience

    1

    LTED 350 Early Childhood Reading, Language and Literacy Curriculum

    2

    EDU 361 Elementary Social Studies Workshop

    2

    EDU 362 Elementary Science Workshop

    2

    EDU 363 Elementary Math Workshop

    2

    LTED 360 Elementary Reading, Language & Literacy Workshop

    2

    ECE 305 Math, Science & Technology Workshop

    2

     

    Phase III. Applying Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes in Practice
    (Must pass Praxis exams*** one semester before Phase III.)
    ECE 1480 Early Childhood Internship

    6

    ECE 475 Reflecting on Knowledge and Practice

    2

    ECE 400 Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support

    3

      Total Credits 

     43 

    *View our catalog for course descriptions.

    **As of September 2015, ALL students who have not already successfully completed phase I coursework must fulfill new program entry requirements in order to take any upper level education courses. Program entry requirements include:

    1. GPA of 3.0 (The Dean’s Office may grant permission for a student to enter the program with a GPA below 3.0, but all students must achieve a 3.0 to qualify for certification.)
    2. Passing score on Praxis Core (or SAT, ACT, GRE waiver)
    3. Passing score on the COE TOW&R assessment
    4. Successful completion of all phase I coursework with a grade of B- or above

    ***Students must pass both of the following PRAXIS tests one semester before taking Phase III courses:

    • Elementary Content Knowledge Praxis II (0014) 
    • Early Childhood Content Knowledge Praxis II (0022)

     


    General Studies Requirements 

    Course Number 

    Course Title* 

    Credit Hours 

    BIOL 103 or
    BIOL 104

    Human Sexual Biology or
    The Human Body

    3

    INTD 149 Human and Intercultural Relations

    3

    MATH 205 Problem Solving

    3

    PSYC 150 Development: Birth through Adolescence

    3

    SOCI 114 Sociology of the Family

    3

     


    Available Co-Majors in the College of Arts and Sciences 

    Students must complete a full academic major in one of the following areas:

    Majors 

    Minimum Credit Hours 

    Art 

    64

    Biology (B.A.)

    55

    Chemistry (B.A.)

    56

    Chemistry (B.S.) 

    67

    Computer Science (B.S.)

    54

    Economics 

    42

    English 

    42

    Geoscience / Geography (B.A.) 

    42

    History 

    36

    Mathematics 

    36

    Media Arts 

    51

    Music 

    83.5

    Philosophy 

    36

    Physics 

    69

    Political Science 

    36

    Psychology 

    36

    Sociology 

    42

    Spanish 

    36

    Women's and Gender Studies 

    36