Major in Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

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Our early childhood education curriculum readies students to apply for Rhode Island teacher certification in grades pre-kindergarten through 2. Students majoring in early childhood education may also minor in special education. To earn the bachelor’s degree, students take a minimum of 24 courses (71 credits).

Required courses:

  • ELC100: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • ELC232: Child Growth and Development
  • ELC250: Principles of Learning/Teaching
  • ELC298: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society I
  • ELC299: Tutoring and Mentoring in a Multicultural Society II
  • ELC300: Methods Portfolio
  • ELC304: Nutrition/Health
  • ELC310: Language and Literacy
  • ELC311: Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum
  • ELC314: Authentic Assessment
  • ELC330: Practicum in Early Childhood
  • ELC350: Parents/Teachers/Community
  • ELC431: Student Teaching at the Early Childhood Level
  • ELC432: Student Teaching Seminar
  • ELC490: Senior Seminar

Students also complete the following courses in other disciplines:

  • EDC206: Phonics
  • EDC243: Children's Literature
  • SED211: Introduction to the Characteristics of Students With Exceptionalities
  • SED225: Language Development and Communication Problems of Children
  • SED232: Principles and Procedures for Behavior and Classroom Management
  • SED370: Working With Young Children With Language and Literacy Challenges
  • SED380: Strategies for Young Children With Diverse Learning Needs
  • SED397: American Sign Language I
  • SED398: American Sign Language II