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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
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Early Education and Care, Birth-K, BSE

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Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education

The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education offers a major in early childhood education to prepare students for certification through the State Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) as Lead Teacher, Infant-Toddler Teacher and Director I, enabling students to prepare for career opportunities with young children from infancy through age six in the mixed delivery system outside the public schools. Students are provided with professional preparation in understanding the developmental stages of young children, developmentally appropriate teaching methodologies, adaptive curriculum planning, partnering with families and evaluation of children and programs.


Learning Outcomes

Grade Requirement

A 2.5 GPA both overall and in the major is required to begin the 400-level courses of the program, and must be maintained throughout the program.

Professional Education Requirement

Students seeking to pursue the Early Education and Care major must apply and be accepted into professional education after completion of ECED 280. Application and acceptance to the Early Education and Care Professional Education program is required to take courses in the major at the 300-level or higher, as well as for application for practicum placement for ECPK 481 and 492, the two-part, 300-hour fieldwork experience in an EEC-approved program under the joint supervision of a college supervisor and a site supervisor.

Students should consult the Educator Preparation and Licensure Policies and Procedures  section of this catalog for professional education admission and retention information and important institutional deadlines.

Course Requirements

Required courses (6 credits)

Both of the following courses are to be completed prior to admission to professional education and enrollment in 300-level education courses.

Professional courses (21 credits)

Total minimum credits: 45

Core Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 120 earned credit hours is required for graduation. These earned hours include the Core Curriculum Requirements as specified in the Core Curriculum section of this catalog and at the Core Curriculum website, For additional graduation requirements, see the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

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