Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A., Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC-B)

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120 Overall Credits Required

Admission to the ECTC B program requires that students have completed an Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.


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.

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 3 - Capstone
EDU 322 - Family, School and Community

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.


A minimum 2.0 GPA in each concentration.

Completion of two 18-credit concentrations.
Concentration requirements are identical to requirements for minors with one difference:
Courses used to satisfy an LEP requirement, may not also fulfill a concentration requirement.

To create a BA-IDS degree with the Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC-Level B) students have the following concentrations:

  • Required: Early Childhood Curriculum and Pedagogy concentration.
           18 Credits Required
           SED 235 - Early Childhood Special Education
           EDU 331 - Positive Guidance and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
           EDU 352 - Early Childhood Integrated Curriculum, Observation, and Assessment
           EDU 416 - Leadership, Policy, and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education
           EDU 456 - Practicum and Seminar
  • Required: Child, Family and Community Studies concentration.

            18 Credits Required
            TSL 315 - Foundations in Bilingual Education
            REC 312 - Therapeutic Play

            Select 12 Credits from:
            EDU 110 - Experiencing the Arts or IDS 110 - Experiencing the Arts
            EDU 305 - Emerging Literacies                 
            EDU 316 - Child Development for Educators
            EDU 414 - Applications of Child Development
            PCH 356 - Maternal and Child Health
            PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
            PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
            PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
            PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
            REC 202 - Materials and Methods Birth to Five
            REC 307 - Disabilities in Society
            REC 403 - Mediating Problems in Community Settings
            SHE 203 - School Health
            SOC 265 - Self and Society
            SOC 320 - Sociology of the Children
            SOC 322 - Sociology of the Family  

Students should note the following restrictions:
  • Students may not select more than one existing concentration from the same discipline.

  • Students may take more than the minimum 18 credits required for a concentration; in a discipline with an established concentration, however, no more than 24 credits (not including those taken as LEP) will count toward the 120 credits needed for graduation. Students who want to take more than 24 credits in any single area should major in that area.

A minimum of 36 credits overall at the 300 or 400 level. (Courses counted toward any requirement may be used to fulfill this requirement)


No cognates are required for this program.


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