Educational Studies BES, Early Childhood Emphasis

General Education Requirements

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements. Due to prerequisites of required courses all students must take PSYCH 1003 and POL SCI 1100. Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012BIOL 1013, and MATH 1030.

Foundations (Required Courses)

TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2002Social Entrepreneurship3
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
or CNS ED 3200 Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
PHY ED 2136Facilities Management3
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
or ED TECH 4436 Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Education
ED FND 4330History of American Education through the Lens of Social Justice3
Total Hours32

Emphasis Area Requirements

Required Courses
ECH ED 3302Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education3
ECH ED 3303Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Infant/Toddler1
ECH ED 3304Curriculum and Practice Laboratory: Preschool1
ECH ED 3313Curriculum and Practice: Infant/Toddler2
ECH ED 3314Curriculum And Practice: Preschool Education2
ECH ED 3332Literacy, Learning and Instruction For The Young Child3
ECH ED 3350Family and Professional Partnerships within School/Community3
ECH ED 4317Implementation, Evaluation, and Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
SPEC ED 3318Inclusive Classrooms3
Total Hours21
Clinical Experiences
EDUC 4989Internship I3
EDUC 4990Internship II6
EDUC 4991Internship III6
Suggested Courses
MEDIA ST 2211Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production3
MEDIA ST 2222Convergence and Digital Media3
MGMT 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
or SOC 3600 Management and Organizational Behavior
SOC WK 2000Social Work and Social Issues3
HLTH PE 3380Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Performance3
Total Hours15

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Engage their clients while adding diverse perspectives that articulate how difference shapes experience and human identity.
  • Apply their unique understanding of social justice by addressing institutional and social barriers that limit access, equity, and achievement.
  • Conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner that views failure as an opportunity to learn, as they effectively work on multiple projects.
  • Apply reasoning and critical thinking while making connections between information, data, and arguments to synthesize and interprets information, forming valid conclusions.
  • Apply unique leadership, management and communication skills to articulate thoughts/ideas effectively using oral, written, nonverbal, and visual communication skills in a variety of formats and contexts.
  •  Apply knowledge and skills as innovative childhood educators, managers, directors,  program planners, or curriculum developers to effectively manage early childhood programs.
  • Demonstrate a unique application of best practices of teaching young children outside a traditional classroom setting.