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Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education degree program prepares students to become educators for children in Pre-Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Students course of study includes early childhood curriculum, story telling, and emergent literacy for pre-k.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program go on to take positions across the region in public and private roles alike.

Degree Requirements Open Close

Major: Elementary Education-Early Childhood
Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Dept: Educational Instruction and Leadership
School: Education and Behavioral Sciences
Major Code: 016

GENERAL EDUCATION (44 Semester Hours)

Specified General Education Requirements
COMM 2213 Business and Professional Speaking

Communications (9 Hours)
1.English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
2.Speech Communication (COMM 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 Hours)
1.Political Science (POSC 1513)
2.American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
3.Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
4. Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 Hours)
1.Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114 or 1404)
2.Physical Sciences (CHEM 1004, 1114, 1315; PHYS 1114, 2015; PSCI 1114, 1214, or 1414)
3. Mathematics (MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 1613, 2013, 2113, 2143, 2215, or 2283)
4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 Hours)
1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
2. Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
3. Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN1113; GERM1113; SPAN1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)

MAJOR/MINOR REQUIREMENTS: Education (34 Semester Hours)

Core Courses (22 Semester Hours)
ELED 3513 Emergent & Developing Literacy (PK&K)
ELED 3523 Literacy in the Primary Grades (1-3)
ELED 3533 Literacy in the Intermediate (4-6)
ELED 4513 Language Arts I (PreK-3)
ELED 4444 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading at the

Elementary Level
ENG 4893 Children’s Literature and Story Telling
MATH 4703 Mathematics Methods for Elementary

Early Childhood (Pre-K – 3rd grade) (12 semester hours)
ELED 4523 Survey of Early Childhood Education
ELED 4623 Early Childhood Educ Curriculum I
ELED 4723 Early Childhood Educ Curriculum II
ELED 4923 Teaching Early Childhood Educ

Teacher Certification Requirements: Elementary Education
majors, beginning the program after September 1, 1997, must be proficient in a foreign language and must take twelve (12) semester hours from each of the following Liberal Arts and Sciences areas. Most of these courses can be taken within the General Education core:

Language Arts: ENG 1113, 1213; HUM 2113, or
2223, or 2313; COMM 2213

Mathematics: MATH 1303, 1513, 1543, 3123 or 3133
Social Studies: HIST 1513, 1523; POSC 1513; GEOG

Science: BIOL 1114, PSCI 1114, SCIE 3224

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (33 semester hours)

EDUC 2000 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences I

To be taken concurrently with:
EDUC 2013 Foundations of Education
SPED 2123 Introduction to Individuals with

EDUC 3313 Technology Integration for the Classroom
PSY 3123 Child and Adolescent Development for

Education Majors
EDUC 3002 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences II*a
To be taken concurrently with:
EDUC 3434 Teaching Strategies and Progress Monitoring*a
EDUC 4443 Classroom and Behavior Management*a
ELED 4803 Methods of Instruction for Elem Teachers*b
to be taken concurrently:
EDUC 4000 Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences III*b
EDUC 4919 Teaching Experiences in Major Program*b
*a Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education
*b Prerequisite: Admission to Student Teaching

Portfolio Policy
Teacher candidates in the teacher education program at
Southeastern are required to develop an electronic assessment portfolio documenting their growth and professional progress throughout their professional and specialization education program. The portfolio process begins when a candidate enrolls in the first teacher education course. Portfolios are completed using Chalk and Wire software.