BS Degree in Early Childhood Education {23-24}

B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood major prepares students to teach in inclusionary programs serving children from birth through third grade. These programs include childcare, licensed preschools, Head Start, Early Childhood Family Education, and kindergarten through third grade in elementary schools. The Early Childhood major emphasizes collaboration with families 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 2.75 GPA or above is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum and Early Childhood Education requirements. All coursework for this degree requires a grade of C- or higher.

Admission Requirements

Teacher Education information can be found HERE.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core 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 295 Foundations of Language & Literacy (3)

EECE 220 Foundations of Early Childhood & Early Childhood Special Education (3)
STL 230 Child Development & Learning for Teachers (3)
EECE 275 Effective Methods & Materials in Early Childhood (3)
STL 325 Principles of Inclusive & Responsive Teaching: Technology Emphasis (2)
STL 365 Responsive Teaching I: Learning Environments & Differentiation (3)
STL 380 Models of Teaching & Assessment (3) 
STL 395 Literacy Methods I (3)
STL 441 Children's Literature: Content and Methods (3)
EECE 420 Kindergarten Methods (3)
EECE 426 Primary Methods: Math, Science, Social Studies (3)
EECE 430 Infant/Toddler Programs and Practices (3) 
EECE 433 Preschool Curriculum (3)
EECE 437 Leadership and Administration in Early Childhood Education (3)
EECE 438 Guidance and Play (3)
EECE 428 Building Partnerships (2)
STL 482 Behavior, Trauma, and Mental Health in the classroom (WI) (3)
EECE 481C Student Teaching: Early Childhood (2)
EECE 481E Student Teaching: Kindergarten/Elementary (12-16)

Total: 63 credits + at least 12 student teaching credits = 75

NOTE: Students must earn 12 credits in EECE 481E or Students must earn at least 12 credits in a combination of EECE 481E & EECE 481V

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

Related Requirements ( 6 credits )

COMM 100 Speech Communication (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)