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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

This program is for students who wish to work in birth through kindergarten education programs in administrative or teaching positions, including work with parents and community resources as well as with young children.

Bachelor’s degree requirements

Practicum courses

Before participating in practicum courses involving contact with children, students must undergo a physical examination, including a tuberculosis test, at their own expense. Students must not have any physical or mental conditions that would interfere with the health, safety, or welfare of children.

Students will be screened by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for criminal and child abuse histories (through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Social and Rehabilitative Services). Students with questionable histories, as determined by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will be dropped from the early childhood education program.

Student teaching

Enrollment in student teaching is by permission only. Student teaching may not be taken until the student has obtained full admission into teacher education and has completed ECED 543, 544, 553, 554, 555.

General requirements (51-52 credit hours)

Communications (8–9 credit hours)

(Grades of “C” or higher required.)

Humanities electives (6 credit hours)

(Only a course of 3 credits or more will apply.)

  • Fine Arts Elective Credits: 3

Natural and physical sciences (12 credit hours)

Biological sciences, physical sciences, and earth science (All courses must include a laboratory.)

Quantitative studies (6 credit hours)

(Grades of “C” or higher required.)

Additional requirements for licensure (9 credit hours)

Select additional electives from the areas of humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics, general religion, philosophy, art and music history, and appreciation of art, architecture, music, or theatre to fulfill the general education requirements for teaching licensure in early childhood education.

  • **Social science elective Credits: 3
  • ***Literature elective Credits: 3
  • Diversity elective Credits: 3

Integrative Human Ecology course (1 credit hour)

Professional studies (68-69 credit hours)

(Grades of C or higher required.)


*First aid/CPR certification required before enrollment in ECED 598. This requirement can be met by successful completion of Red Cross or American Heart Association courses.

**A minimum of 9 credit hours other than psychology is required for certification.

***Literature for Children and Literature for Adolescents may not be used as literature electives but may be used to fulfill additional general education requirements.

Total hours required for graduation (120)