Early Childhood Education Curriculum

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Course Number Course Name Credit
EDUC 200 Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 201 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDUC 205 The Developing Child 3
EDUC 211 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 301 Evaluation & Assessment of Students in the Inclusive Classroom 3
EDUC 306 Science and Health for Children 3
EDUC 308 Teaching Social Studies 3
EDUC 310 Mathematics for the Teacher 3
EDUC 328 Early Childhood: Principles and Practices 3
EDUC 329 Early Childhood: Curriculum and Assessment 3
EDUC 380 Communication Arts 3
EDUC 382 Methods of Classroom Management 3
EDUC 384 Inclusive Education 3
EDUC 400 Early Literacy Foundations 3
EDUC 401 Literacy Foundations for Intermediate Grades 3
EDUC 412 Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDUC 417 Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 418 Family and Community Collaborative Partnerships 3
Total Credit Hours 54

Augmented Core for Early Childhood Majors

The core for the Bachelor of Science degree is listed in the front of the undergraduate course catalog. Early Childhood Education majors need to complete an augmented core in the following areas:

Course Number Course Name Credit
Skilled in the Written Word
ENGL 102 College Writing 3
Aesthetically Literate
FAPA 300W Arts Integration in the Classroom 3
Knowledgeable About the Natural Sciences
BIOL 105 Introductory Biology 4
BIOL 105L Lab
PHYS 205 Physical Science for Teachers 3
Knowledgeable about Social Sciences 3
GEOG 201 World Geography or
ANTH 201 Anthropology 3
POLI 103 American Government or
POLI 104 State and Local Government 3

*In addition to the Early Childhood Education or Middle Level Education major requirements

For Certification Track information:
Certification in Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4)
Certification in Early Childhood with Special Education (Pre K-8)

Dual Certification
(Early Childhood Education and Language Certification, K-12) Students must double major in Early Childhood Education and Spanish language and follow the requirements in both majors.


After earning a BS in Early Childhood Education, students may choose to earn an M.Ed. through one of Eastern University's M.Ed. programs:

This program is designed for Eastern undergraduate students who are in either teaching certification or non-certification programs. To apply for this program, students must have a bachelor’s degree and a 3.0 grade-point average. All graduate application procedures must be complete before an admissions decision will be made. The initial registration for the graduate year is processed through the Graduate Admissions Office.  If students intend to student teach upon entering this program, they must complete undergraduate course work and pass Praxis II or PECT tests in their certification area.

Teaching Certification Concentration
This concentration is designed for those who wish to complete their secondary, middle level or early childhood teaching certification program at the post-baccalaureate level. After completing teaching certification, students will fill out the change of program request to transition into one of the Master of Education programs - Multicultural, Reading,  Special Education, or TESOL.

Complete undergraduate major in academic area of certification plus all required courses for the certification in Secondary Education, except EDUC 410, Student Teaching and EDUC 420, Practicum.

Early Childhood and Middle Level

Complete Early Childhood Education or Middle Level Education without EDUC 410 Student Teaching and EDUC 420 Practicum (Prerequisites: EDUC 200, 412, 417, Statistics)

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