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2011-2012 General Catalog 
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Early Childhood Education, BS (Family, Consumer, and Human Development)

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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)

Depth Education Requirements

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 II (14 credits)

See note 2

Students must be officially admitted to the Teacher Education Program prior to Level II.

Emphasis (12 credits)

Descriptions of available emphasis areas are shown below.

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.

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.

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)

Health/Wellness/Nutrition Emphasis (12 credits)

Foreign Language Emphasis (12 credits)

A foreign language area of emphasis may be designed by a student, provided it is limited to one language.

School Library Media Certification

This certification will fulfill the emphasis requirement for Early Childhood Education majors. For a list of required courses, contact the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department .

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 , ELED 3100 , or INST 4010  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.FCHD 4960 

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

Total Credits


Grade Point Average (most majors require higher GPA)

2.00 GPA

Credits of C- or better


Credits of upper-division courses (#3000 or above)


USU Credits (10 of last 40 must be USU credits)


Completion of approved major program of study

See college advisor

Credits in minor (if required)


Credits in American Institutions (ECN 1500 ;HIST 1700 , HIST 2700  or HIST 2710 ; HONR 1300 POLS 1100 ; or USU 1300 


General Education Requirements  and University Studies Depth Requirements 




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