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2013 - 2014

BS in Early Childhood Education
(81–84 hours*, including licensure hours)



This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to http://education.byu.edu/ess/licensing.html or contact Education Student Services, 120 MCKB, (801) 422-3426.

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To complete this major, students will also be required to complete the TESOL K-12 minor. The courses the student will need to take in order to complete the minor are reflected in the requirements listed below.

  1. Complete all GE courses, including the following:
      SFL 210 : Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      SFL 210 : Human Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence; influences of family, peers, and schools.
      NOTE: This course is part of a GE Mosaic. See ge.byu.edu/mosaic-list for more information.

      Course Outcomes


      Note: VAEdu 326: Art for Elementary Teachers is highly recommended. It fulfills requirement 7 below.

      Note: The Global & Cultural Awareness and Letters general education requirements are fulfilled through completion of the Early Childhood Education major.

  2. Attend a program orientation meeting (schedule posted in 120 MCKB).
  3. Grades below C- in professional education courses or content courses will not be accepted in the teaching major or teaching minor. Teacher candidates must have a cumulative 2.85 GPA in teaching major and teaching minor courses to qualify for student teaching.
  4. Complete entrance process for the program through the Teacher Education Department (201 MCKB).
  5. Complete the following courses for the ECE K-3 major and TESOL K-12 minor:
    • Required courses for the ECE K-3 major:
        CPSE 300 : Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration. (2:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CPSE 300 : Exceptional Students: Principles of Collaboration. (2:1:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Basic principles and legislative issues in effectively communicating and collaborating with professionals, parents, and other service providers to meet needs of individuals with disabilities in inclusive educational environments. Lab.

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        ECE 322 : Parenting and Child Guidance in Early Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 322 : Parenting and Child Guidance in Early Childhood. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: EL ED 202
        DESCRIPTION: Address young children's socio-emotional development in early childhood classrooms. Review theory and research to related peer interactions and parent-child and teacher-student relationships. Develop an understanding of instructional strategies and guidance practices in early childhood classrooms.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 331 : Early Childhood Education Developmentally Appropriate Practices Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 331 : Early Childhood Education Developmentally Appropriate Practices Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: EL ED 202; ECE 332 concurrently.
        DESCRIPTION: Designing an Early Childhood curriculum based on child development as hands-on experiences are created to meet children's individual learning needs and address contextual factors in the child's life experiences.
        NOTE: Due to enrollment constraints, ECE 331 may not be retaken to improve a grade unless approved by the Child and Family Studies Laboratory Steering Committee.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 332 : Early Childhood Education Developmentally Appropriate Practices Practicum. (3:0:8)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 332 : Early Childhood Education Developmentally Appropriate Practices Practicum. (3:0:8)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: EL ED 202; ECE 331 concurrently.
        DESCRIPTION:  Intitial practicum with young children in designing an Early Childhood curriculum based on a knowledge of child development that meets children's individual learning needs and address contextual factors in the child's life experience.
        NOTE: Due to enrollment constraints, ECE 332 may not be retaken to improve a grade unless approved by the Child and Family Studies Laboratory Steering Committee.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 336 : Planning and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 336 : Planning and Assessment in Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3). (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: ECE 331 and 332 concurrently.
        DESCRIPTION: Learn key instructional principles, instructional strategies, lesson planning procedures that are appropriate and effective when working with young children. Understand formal and informal assessment strategies and data collection procedures for evaluating children's progress, informing instruction, communicating results with key stakeholders.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 337 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships in ECE. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 337 : Family, School, and Community Partnerships in ECE. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Contact Department.
        PREREQUISITE: ECE 331 and ECE 332.
        DESCRIPTION: Understand policies and processes for partnering with families, schools, and communities of young children in early childhood settings.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 433 : Teaching Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 433 : Teaching Literacy in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Admittance to ECE program; concurrent enrollment in ECE 441 and 442.
        DESCRIPTION: Study instructional practices for teaching children the literacy concepts, skills and strategies they need to learn in Pre K-3rd grade, and assessing, monitoring and evaluating children's literacy knowledge and learning in Pre K-3rd grade.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 441 : Early Childhood Education Primary Grade Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 441 : Early Childhood Education Primary Grade Seminar. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: ECE 331; Concurrent with ECE 442.
        DESCRIPTION: Gaining insight into significant issues in early childhood education, developing a sense of professional ethics, and becoming personally committed to ongoing professional development.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 442 : Primary Grade Practicum. (2:0:12)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 442 : Primary Grade Practicum. (2:0:12)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: ECE 332; ECE 441 concurrently.
        DESCRIPTION: Practicum experience in the primary grades. Field experience designed to give students opportunities to interact with primary children (grades 1-3) and apply skills and knowledge acquired in Pre K-3 methods courses.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 445 : Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 445 : Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in ECE 441 and 442.
        DESCRIPTION: This course will prepare teaching candidates (1) with methods, skills and strategies for teaching social studies to children in grades Pre K-3, (2) to model democratic teaching practices, and (3) to establish democratic classroomsas they prepare children to assume roles as participatory citizens in a democracy.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 446 : Teaching Science in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 446 : Teaching Science in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in ECE 441 and 442.
        DESCRIPTION: Develop the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach science to young children of various ages, abilities, backgrounds, and exceptionalities.

        Course Outcomes


        ECE 447 : Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        ECE 447 : Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Classrooms (Pre K-3). (2-3:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: MTHED 305; ECE 441 and 442 concurrent.
        DESCRIPTION: Study the teaching and learning of early childhood mathematics guided by current principles relating to mathematics content, social interaction, student thinking, and child development.

        Course Outcomes


        EL ED 202 : Foundations of Child Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        EL ED 202 : Foundations of Child Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Major status.
        DESCRIPTION: The development of the whole child including cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development and how to apply it to planning, teaching, and assessing children.

        Course Outcomes


        EL ED 203 : Foundations of Multicultural Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        EL ED 203 : Foundations of Multicultural Education. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Major status.
        DESCRIPTION: Cultural identities in family life, physical attributes, culture, and language. Recognizing prejudice in individuals and institutions. Culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogical frameworks.

        Course Outcomes


        EL ED 323 : Foundations of Literacy Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        EL ED 323 : Foundations of Literacy Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Admittance into elementary education program.
        DESCRIPTION: Language and literacy development for first and second language learners including theoretical underpinnings, processes, historical foundations, and instructional contexts that support language and literacy development for all K-6 children.

        Course Outcomes


        EL ED 335 : Early Childhood Education Integration Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        EL ED 335 : Early Childhood Education Integration Methods. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent enrollment in El Ed 332.
        DESCRIPTION: Methods in designing an early childhood curriculum with attention to hands-on experiences meeting children's individual learning needs and addressing contextual factors in the child's life experiences.

        Course Outcomes


        EL ED 340 : Children's Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        EL ED 340 : Children's Literature. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Elementary education or early childhood education major status.
        DESCRIPTION: Trends and titles in children's and adolescent literature. Reading and critiquing as well as practical uses of children's literature in both school and home.

        Course Outcomes


        IP&T 334 : Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        IP&T 334 : Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Education. (1:1:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Concurrent with El Ed 333.
        DESCRIPTION: Integrating instructional technology with early childhood ecuation instructional strategies.

        Course Outcomes


        MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        MTHED 305 : Basic Concepts of Mathematics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: Math 110 or equivalent; permission from Teacher Education Department.
        DESCRIPTION: Concept-oriented exploration of number, measurement, and informal geometry in relation to children's learning.
        NOTE: Required of prospective elementary school teachers.

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        MUSIC 378 : Music for the Elementary Classroom Teacher. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        MUSIC 378 : Music for the Elementary Classroom Teacher. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        DESCRIPTION: Establishing a classroom environment for musical development; emphasis on appropriate songs, activities, resources, and teaching strategies.

        Course Outcomes


        SFL 352 : Cognitive Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SFL 352 : Cognitive Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: SFL 101 & STAT 121 & SFL 290; SFL 210 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Development of mental abilities; effects of maturation and learning on memory, perception, attention processes, intelligence, social cognition.

        Course Outcomes


        SFL 355 : Language Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        SFL 355 : Language Development. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
        DESCRIPTION: Philosophical, social, intellectual, and emotional contexts of language acquisition and usage.

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    • Required courses for the TESOL K-12 minor:
        TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        TELL 410 : Second Language Acquisition. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: EL ED 323 & EL ED 203; or ELANG 223 & SC ED 353; or CPSE 425
        DESCRIPTION: Processes and variables in native- and second-language development. How teachers can foster efficient acquisition of language, cognitive, and academic skills in second-language environments.

        Course Outcomes


        TELL 420 : Assessing Linguistically Diverse Students. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        TELL 420 : Assessing Linguistically Diverse Students. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: ELANG 223 & SC ED 353; or EL ED 203
        DESCRIPTION: Fundamental concepts in testing, use/interpretation of current instruments for language/academic assessment, appropriate placement of linguistically diverse students, and developing classroom language assessments.

        Course Outcomes


        TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        TELL 440 : Content-Based Language Instruction. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: TELL 410 & TELL 420; or TELL 410 & IP&T 213; or TELL 410 & CPSE 420
        RECOMMENDED: El Ed 333, TELL 430, and CPSE 430 concurrently.
        DESCRIPTION: Instructional methods, strategies, and materials for integrating curriculum content and language instruction. Teaching, creating, and adapting lesson materials in a multicultural context.

        Course Outcomes


        TELL 477R : Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        TELL 477R : Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners. (.5-4:0:4)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
        PREREQUISITE: TELL 440; FBI fingerprint background clearance.
        DESCRIPTION: Practicum in teaching English to second-language learners.
        NOTE: Can be taken concurrently with student teaching/internship in a diverse-language setting.

        Course Outcomes


          (Must take 4 credit hours of TELL 477R.)
  6. Complete one course from the following:
  7. Complete one course from the following:
      DANCE 326 : Rhythm and Dance. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      DANCE 326 : Rhythm and Dance. (2:1:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      DESCRIPTION: Methodology course for elementary education majors; creative dance and structured rhythmic dance forms.

      Course Outcomes


      TMA 352 : Drama in the Elementary Classroom. (2:4:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      TMA 352 : Drama in the Elementary Classroom. (2:4:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: Theatre education major status: TMA 101 or 102; TMA 276. Or early childhood education or elementary education major status. Or instructor's consent.
      DESCRIPTION: Varied teaching methodologies for application of drama within the pre-K--6 classroom. Dual emphasis on Utah state elementary drama standards as well as integration with core curricula.

      Course Outcomes


      VAEDU 326 : Art for Elementary Teachers. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      VAEDU 326 : Art for Elementary Teachers. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Preservice preparation designed to help elementary classroom teachers understand the visual arts and develop skills necessary for implementing a discipline-based approach for art education.

      Course Outcomes


  8. Complete 8 hours of one of the following (prior application required):
      ECE 425 : Grades 1-3 Student Teaching. (6-12:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ECE 425 : Grades 1-3 Student Teaching. (6-12:Arr:Arr)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: All ECE core and professional sequence courses; concurrent enrollment in ECE 426; prior application; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- grade in methods courses (ECE 324, 327, 356, 361, 363, 365); FBI fingerprint background clearance.
      DESCRIPTION: Student teaching experience in the primary grades.

      Course Outcomes


      EL ED 496R : Academic Internship. (8-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      EL ED 496R : Academic Internship. (8-12:ARR:ARR)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: Three-semester professional sequence and prior application; requires a major GPA of 2.85; at least a C- grade in methods courses (El Ed 302, 356, 357, 361, 363, 365, 372).
      DESCRIPTION: A full-year classroom teaching internship in the public schools in lieu of El Ed 400, student teaching.
      NOTE: See Education Student Services for application dates.

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