Early Childhood Education, B.S.

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This program has a separate admission process. Please consult the admission requirements for this program on the School of Education page for more information.

Students who wish to become certified in early childhood education must have an additional academic major in an area outside of the School of Education. Students will graduate with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and a second B.S. or B.A. degree in a major outside of the School of Education.

Overall GPA of 2.7 is required.
120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 45 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


40.5 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

EDU 305 – Beginning Readers
EDU 308 – Children’s Literature and Literacy
EDU 309 – Curriculum Design and Methods for Preschool
EDU 312 – Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
EDU 319 – Integrated Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Early Childhood Education
EDU 407 - Developing Readers 
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
SED 235 – Early Childhood Special Education for the Exceptional Individual
SED 365 – Basic Principles of Academic Assessment and Remediation for Exceptional Individuals

Select one:

  • SED 225 – Introduction to Exceptionalities
  • SED 481 – Teaching Exceptional Students in Elementary Education Classroom

EDU 370 - Student Teaching I
EDU 470 - Student Teaching II
EDU 485 – Student Teaching Seminar


15 Credits Required

EDU 414 - Applications of Child Development
MAT 105 – Mathematics for Elementary Education I
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development or EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
PSY 313 - Cognition


Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).