Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Early Childhood Education Major
Majors in early childhood education are licensed to teach in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-3. Several practica and field experiences with children are provided, and a subject matter emphasis is selected. This major is a cooperative effort between the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development and the Elementary Education Program in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL). Students are required to complete a student teaching practicum in a preschool program, a kindergarten, and in the public schools grades 1, 2, or 3. Additional materials describing the ECE major in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development are available from the advisors in FL 205.
University Studies Requirements
Early Childhood Education Majors are required to take certain classes to fulfill the University Studies requirements. The following sections list the specific courses to choose from:
Quantitative Literacy (QL) (3 credits)
Breadth Requirements (21 credits)
Choose one course from the following to meet BAI requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet BCA requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet BHU requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet BSS requirement:
Choose one course from the following to meet BLS requirement:
Complete PHYS 1200 (4 cr) and choose one course from the following to meet BPS requirement:
Depth Education Requirements
Communications Intensive (CI) (2 courses)
Quantitative Intensive (QI) (1 course)
(A grade lower than a C- will not be accepted in this course.)
Depth Course Requirements (4 credits minimum)
Complete at least 4 credits in approved University Studies depth courses designated DSC, DHA, or DSS (outside of area of emphasis).
Early Childhood Education Major (80 credits) (minimum 2.75 GPA)
Offered in Conjunction with School of TEAL.
Note: Grades lower than a C will not be accepted in the major.
Admission criteria for the Teacher Education Program include: completion of 30 credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, successful performance on the ACT exam, successfully passing the Teacher Education Writing Exam, a speech and hearing test, and high potential as a teacher as judged by performance in a small-group interview. Admission is limited to ensure a quality program and by the availability of space.
Students majoring in Early Childhood Education must complete all of the following courses as indicated.
Level I (6 credits)
See note 1
Level II (14 credits)
See note 2
Students must be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to Level II.
Level III (16 credits; must follow Level II)
Emphasis (12 credits)
Descriptions of available emphasis areas are shown below.
Electives (if needed to complete 120 credits)
Choose Breadth Electives from the following courses:
Early Childhood Areas of Emphasis
Students majoring in Early Childhood Education are required to complete 12 credits in an area of emphasis. The area of emphasis must be chosen from the following fields: Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics/General Science, General Science, Fine Arts, Art, Music, Physical Education, Health/Wellness/Nutrition, Foreign Language, School Library Media, or English as a Second Language. Students must choose two upper-division courses numbered 3000 or above.
Requirements for the areas of emphasis are listed below and on the following pages. Grades lower than C- will not be accepted in the areas of emphasis.
Language Arts Emphasis (12 credits)
Select two courses from each group. Remaining courses (if any) may be selected from any of the courses listed.
Social Studies Emphasis (12 credits)
The purpose of this area is to offer students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of social studies. Students should select courses from at least three areas to constitute the 12 credits required.
Mathematics/General Science Emphasis (12 credits)
Choose one course from each category: Mathematics, Physical Science, and Biological (Life) Science. Remaining credits may be chosen from any category.
Biological (Life) Science
General Science Emphasis (12 credits)
Choose science courses from the preceding lists. One course must be from the Physical Science category and one must be from the Biological (Life) Science category. Remaining credits may be chosen from either category.
Fine Arts Emphasis (12 credits)
Students must select a minimum of 2 credits in each art form. Remaining credits may be taken in the art form of the student's choice.
Art Emphasis (12 credits)
Early Childhood Education majors should consult with their advisor before choosing this emphasis.
Music Emphasis (12 credits)
Choose remaining 3 credits from the following:
- Appropriate piano course(s) 3 or
- Guitar course(s) 3 or
- Acceptable substitute courses, approved by advisor 3
Physical Education Emphasis (12 credits)
Choose remaining credits from the following:
Health/Wellness/Nutrition Emphasis (12 credits)
Choose one of the following two courses:
Choose remaining credits from the following:
Foreign Language Emphasis (12 credits)
A foreign language area of emphasis may be designed by a student, provided it is limited to one language.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement
This endorsement will fulfill the emphasis requirement for Early Childhood Education majors. For a list of required courses, students should contact their advisor. (Completing 12 credits toward the ESL Endorsement will fulfill an ESL Emphasis.)
Optional Supporting Area in Parenting for Early Childhood Education Majors (17 credits)
The Early Childhood Education requirements can be met and then additional credits taken to complete a supporting area in parenting. This may enhance employment opportunities in school districts, child care, and preschools where there is a strong commitment to a parent involvement program, or as an instructor for community adult education programs.
1 These courses are prerequisites to Level II.
2 SPED 4000 ,or ELED 3100 , may be taken concurrently with Level II courses, allowing students to earn 14-15 credits during their Level II semester. Log into Access for information about when these courses will be taught.
3 ELED 4480 and FCHD 4550 must be taken after completion of Level II.
4 Students must apply for FCHD 4960 three full semesters in advance of taking the class. Apply in Family Life 205.
5 ENGL 3530 is highly recommended.
Minimum University Requirements