Early Childhood Education and Child Services Major

The early childhood education and child services (ECE&CS) major emphasizes the dual focus of education and services within the context of family, school, and community. Throughout the program, students are actively engaged in a variety of settings that include children, their families, and other early childhood professionals.  Course work and field experience provide multiple opportunities for applied understanding of children's growth and development, building family and community relationships, conducting observations and assessments, understanding developmentally appropriate practices, and promoting the well-being of young children and their families. 

Graduates of the ECE&CS program are highly qualified for preschool-grade 3 teaching, administration, and advocacy careers in a wide variety of settings including public and private early childhood education, early intervention and preschool special education settings, child-focused programs, and community agencies, state or federal agencies, and nonprofit settings that support children and families.  The ECE&CS major provides a strong background for admission to graduate programs in early childhood education, child development, child and family studies, social work, counseling, and other related behavioral and social science disciplines. 

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.
 

Child Development Option

The Child Development option of the Early Childhood Education and Child Services major will appeal to students with professional interests including parent education, early intervention, resource and referral, advocacy, and childcare administration.   Students seeking teaching careers in non-public school settings with children birth through age 8 will also be well prepared through the Child Development option.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development3  
US 101US - First Year Seminar3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
University Core and Electives6  
Choose one of the following:  3
NASX 105D - Introduction to Native American Studies
NASX 205D - Native Americans in Contemporary Society
NASX 232D - MT Indians: Cultures, Histories, Current Issues
SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology  3
University Core and Electives  9
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 288 - Signing for Early Childhood Educators3  
HDFS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3  
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3  
University Core and Electives6  
EDEC 253 - Health and Movement in Early Childhood  3
EDEC 271 - Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood  2
  9
Year Total: 15 14
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 350 - Play and Learning in Early Childhood3  
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3  
EDSP 307 - Exceptional Learners Lab1  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
Electives6  
EDEC 385 - Integrated Curriculum Early Childhood Education  3
EDEC 430 - Social and Emotional Development in the Young Child  3
HDFS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services,Theor Skills for Human Service  3
HDFS 460 - Parenting  3
Electives  3
Year Total: 16 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 450 - Literacy in the EC Classroom3  
EDSP 458 - Assessment and Intervention4  
HDFS 455R - Program Planning and Administration in Family & Consumer Sciences,Program Plan and Admin in FCS3  
Electives5  
EDEC 410 - Families, Communities, Culture  3
HDFS 454 - Professional Issues - Senior Seminar,Professional Issues-Senior Sem  4
HDFS 459 - Reaching the Hurt Child  3
Electives  5
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 120

Preschool-Grade 3 (P-3) Option

The Early Childhood Education & Child Services P-3 option is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach preschool through grade 3. Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana.  For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, student teaching, licensure, professional expectations, and more, please visit: http://catalog.montana.edu/undergraduate/education-health-human-development/department-education/teacher-education-program/.

Freshman YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development3  
EDU 101US - Teaching and Learning3  
M 132 - Numbers & Operations for K-8 Teachers3  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
University Core and Electives3  
EDU 222IS - Educ Psych & Child Development  3
Choose one of the following:  3
HSTA 101IH - American History I
or HSTA 102IH - American History II
M 133Q - Geometry & Measure K-8 Teachers  3
Choose one of the following:  3
NASX 105D - Introduction to Native American Studies
or NASX 205D - Native Americans in Contemporary Society
or NASX 232D - MT Indians: Cultures, Histories, Current Issues
SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology  3
Year Total: 15 15
Sophomore YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 271 - Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood2  
EDEC 288 - Signing for Early Childhood Educators3  
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2  
HDFS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3  
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3  
University Core and Electives3  
EDEC 253 - Health and Movement in Early Childhood  3
EDU 204IA - Arts & Lifelong Learning  3
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education  3
University Core and Electives  6
Year Total: 16 15
Junior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 350 - Play and Learning in Early Childhood3  
EDEC 450 - Literacy in the EC Classroom3  
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3  
EDSP 307 - Exceptional Learners Lab1  
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3  
HDFS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3  
EDEC 385 - Integrated Curriculum Early Childhood Education  3
EDEC 430 - Social and Emotional Development in the Young Child  3
EDEC 455 - P-3 English Language Arts and Social Studies  3
EDU 330 - Emergent Literacy  3
EDU 395 - Practicum  1-3
Year Total: 16 15
Senior YearCredits
FallSpring
EDEC 453 - P-3 STEAM3  
EDSP 458 - Assessment and Intervention4  
EDU 395 - Practicum1-3  
EDU 438 - Ltrcy Asmnt, Diagnos and Instr3  
HDFS 455R - Program Planning and Administration in Family & Consumer Sciences,Program Plan and Admin in FCS3  
EDU 495 - Student Teaching  5-16
Year Total: 16 12
Total Program Credits: 120