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 families, educational and child service settings, communities, and society. Course work and field experience focuses on early childhood education, child development, developmentally appropriate practices, early intervention with children with special needs, assessment and intervention, advocacy, and program administration. Additionally, the ECE&CS program provides a distance education program to Montana Tribal Colleges and respective HeadStart Programs through the Early Childhood Education Distance Partnership Program. Graduates of the ECE&CS program are highly qualified for teaching, administration, and advocacy careers in a wide variety of settings including early childhood education, child care-related programs and businesses, early intervention with children with special needs and preschool special education settings, child services and child-focused 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, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, 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 through Adolescent Development3
US 101US - First Year Seminar3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
Supporting Courses 9
University Core12
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
EDEC 271 - Paraprofessional Experience in Early Childhood1
EDEC 288 - Signing for Early Childhood Educators3
FCS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3
Supporting Courses 14
University Core9
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 - Theor Skills for Helping Relat3
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 453 - 3
EDEC 496 - EC Advanced Practicum6
EDSP 458 - Assessment and Intervention4
FCS 455R - Program Plan and Admin in FCS3
Year Total: 30
Total Program Credits: 120