B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure {21-22}

B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure

The Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure major prepares students to teach in inclusive education and care programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschool children and their families. Graduates are qualified to teach in Head Start, Early Head Start, and licensed childcare and preschool programs. The Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure major is designed to provide a strong foundation in understanding child development, developmentally appropriate practices, early literacy development, young children's learning, and current best practices in supporting young children and their families in a variety of settings. To receive the B.A. Degree in Early Childhood Education Non-Licensure, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits with a 2.5 GPA or above is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following performance outcomes are based on standards from the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 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.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Plus: offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections

Core Requirements ( 38 credits )

EECE 220 Foundations of Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (3)
STL 230 Child Development and Learning for Teachers (3)
STL 295 Foundations of Language & Literacy (3)
SPED 225 Individuals with Exceptionalities (3)
EECE 275 Effective Methods and Materials in ECE (3)
EECE 430 Infant/Toddler Programs and Practices (3)
EECE 437 Leadership and Administration in EC (3)
EECE 438 Guidance and Play (3)
EECE 428 Building Partnerships (2)
EECE 433 Preschool Curriculum (3)
STL 482 Behavior, Trauma, and Mental Health in the Classroom - WI (3)
EECE 469 Early Childhood Internship (6-12)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
STL 482 Behavior, Trauma, and Mental Health in the Classroom

Restricted Electives ( 9 credits )

Students must earn nine credits by taking courses from the following list:

SPED 419 Biomedical Aspects of Physical and Health Disabilities (3)
SPED 431 Survey of Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)
SPED 471 Behavior and Environmental Management (3)
STL 365 Responsive Teaching I: Learning Environments and Differentiation (3)
STL 380 Models of Teaching and Assessment (3)
STL 395 Literacy Methods I (3)
STL 441 Children's Literature (3)