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 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.

Freshman YearCredits
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development3
EDEC 271 - Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood2
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
Choose one of the following:3-4
ANTY 101D - Anthropology and the Human Experience
or PSYX 100IS - Intro to Psychology
or SOCI 101IS - Introduction to Sociology
US 101US - First Year Seminar3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
Supporting Courses 4
University Core9
Year Total: 30-31
Sophomore YearCredits
EDEC 253 - Health and Movement in Early Childhood3
EDEC 288 - Signing for Early Childhood Educators3
FCS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3
Supporting Courses 15
University Core6
Year Total: 30
Junior YearCredits
EDEC 350 - Play and Learning in Early Childhood3
EDEC 385 - Integrated Curriculum Early Childhood Education4
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 307 - Exceptional Learners Lab1
FCS 359 - Theories and Skills for the Human Services3
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
Supporting Courses13
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
EDEC 430 - Social and Emotional Development in the Young Child3
EDEC 450 - Literacy in the EC Classroom3
EDEC 496 - Early Childhood Advanced Practicum3
EDSP 458 - Assessment and Intervention4
FCS 454 - Professional Issues - Senior Seminar4
Choose one of the following:3
FCS 455R - Program Planning and Administration in Family & Consumer Sciences
or FCS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120-121