Bachelor of Arts in Blended Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Program

The goal of the Early Childhood Education Program is to prepare professionals who have the necessary knowledge, dispositions, and abilities to:

  1. enhance learning and development of young children, with and without disabilities, between the ages of birth and third grade.
  2. establish collaborative relationships with families and other professionals in ways that produce outcomes for young children.
  3. view their own professional development as a lifelong endeavor.
  4. advocate for children, families, and the early childhood profession.

The Baccalaureate degree in the Early Childhood Education program is designed to further prepare Early Childhood Education professionals holding either an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), or Associate of Science (A.S.) in the field of early childhood education. Early Childhood Education is the study and education of young children from birth through third grade.

Candidates holding an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education pursue a Blended Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education Certificate. This degree program is competency/field-based and allows candidates the opportunity to apply course work instruction to practical experiences in approved early childhood education centers and private/public school settings for children with or without disabilities.

Candidates interested in pursuing the Blended Early Childhood Education degree are advised to contact the Advising Coordinator in the COE Student Advising Center for general information and program ­advisement.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Blended Early Childhood Education

  1. Completion of an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited institution of higher learning. NOTE: Those holding the A.A.S. should check with the Advising Coordinator in the COE Student Advising Center to determine whether additional general education credits are required for graduation.
  2. Completion of a major in Early ­Childhood Education at the Associate level including required education and special education coursework for the Early Childhood Education major.

Required coursework:

EDUC 2204Families Community Culture (Satisfies General Education Objective 9) 13
EDUC 3302Motivation and Management3
EDUC 3308Foundations of Educational Knowledge, Planning, and Assessment3
EDUC 3311Instructional Technology3
EDUC 3321Integrated Language Arts Methods3
EDUC 3322Literature for Children across the Curriculum3
EDUC 3330Elementary Math Methods3
EDUC 3331Science Methods for Teachers3
EDUC 4408Pre-Internship Field Experience Seminar3
EDUC 4419Developmental Literacy3
MATH 2256Structure of Arithmetic for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 2257Structure of Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers3
FCS 4493Early Childhood Education: Student Teaching Internship12
SPED 3330The Exceptional Child3
SPED 4424Assessment Procedures in Special Education3
SPED 4429Teaching Students with Significant and Multiple Disabilities3
SPED 4443Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3