B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education {19-20}

B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood major prepares students to teach in inclusionary programs serving children from infancy to 8 years old. These programs include childcare, Head Start, and Early Childhood Family Education, as well as public school kindergarten and first, second, and third grade classrooms. The Early Childhood major emphasizes collaboration with parents and other professional agencies serving families with young children. To receive the B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits with a 2.8 GPA or above is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits) and Early Childhood Education requirements (36 credits). All coursework for this degree requires a grade of C- or higher.

Admission Requirements

Admission into SARTE required (Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education).
See "Teacher Education" for requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following performance outcomes are based on the Minnesota State Board of Teaching (BOT) Standards and are aligned with the conceptual framework for the education unit. MSUM teacher candidates are becoming professionals who are knowledgeable, reflective, humanistic and creative who will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of content.
  • Designs organized, effective, and appropriate lessons.
  • Uses appropriate informal and/or formal assessment methods to evaluate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of human development through appropriate interaction activities and demeanor.
  • Demonstrate competence in employing appropriate technology.
  • Express ideas articulately in written and oral communication.
  • Recognize individual differences and gives opportunities for diverse learners to learn.
  • Foster a safe, compassionate and respectful educational environment that promotes learning.
  • Guide student behavior effectively and appropriately.
  • Solicit suggestions and feedback from others and is receptive to them.
  • Analyze own performance and seeks sources of improvement.
  • Plan creative lessons and units.
  • Employ diverse teaching strategies.
  • Maintain professional conduct as evidenced by punctuality, interaction with others, preparedness and initiative.

Core Requirements ( 15 credits )

All students in Early Childhood Education must complete this teacher licensure core as well as courses listed under "Requirements" and "Related Requirements."

ED 205 Introduction to Education (3)
ED 294 Educational Psychology (3)
ED 310 Social Foundations of Education (3)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
STL 291 Early Literacy (3)

Program Requirements

Students must earn at least 12 credits in EECE 481E.

EECE 220 Foundations of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education (3)
EECE 250 Creative Expressions in Early Childhood (3)
EECE 333 Discovery Learning (3)
EECE 426 Primary Methods: Math, Science, Social Studies (3)
EECE 430 Infant/Toddler Programs and Practices (3)
EECE 433 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum (3)
EECE 437 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Education (3)
EECE 438 Guidance and Play (3)
EECE 441 Children's Literature: Content and Methods (4)
EECE 481C Student Teaching: Early Childhood (2)
EECE 481E Student Teaching: Kindergarten/Elementary (12-16)
HLTH 311 Health in the Elementary Schools (2)
STL 341 Reading and Writing Methods PreK-3 (3)
STL 388 Classroom Assessment (3)
STL 413 Effective Teaching (3)
STL 428 Building Partnerships (3)
STL 442 Advanced Reading and Writing Methods PreK-3 (3)

Related Requirements ( 12 credits )

AMCS 233 Education and Multicultural America (3)
COMM 100 Speech Communication (3)
ENGL 202 English Composition and Literature (3)
MATH 302 Mathematics for Early Childhood (3)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

Students must complete two science courses.

BIOL 370 Exploring Biology (3)
GEOS 170 Earth Science Today (3)
PSCI 170 Physical Science I (3)