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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED PUBLICATION]

Early Childhood Education Major, B.A./B.S.

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The student who desires to become a licensed early childhood teacher will complete the following minimum course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and the Indiana teaching license in the areas of (1) preschool and (2) elementary-primary (grades K-3). A Bachelor of Arts degree may be earned when the appropriate amount of credit in a foreign language is earned.

Teaching Major Grade & GPA Requirement

Students completing a teaching major must earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA, a 2.75 major GPA, and a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward degree requirements.

Early Childhood Education University Core 39 Requirements BS: 41 credit hours/BA: 44 credit hours

Within USI’s Core 39, early childhood education majors are required to complete specific courses as indicated in the chart below to meet content requirements for licensure in early childhood education.

Foundations (14 hours)

  Composition I ENG 101 - Rhetoric and Composition I: Literacy and the Self   3 hours
  Composition II ENG 201 - Rhetoric and Composition II: Literacy and the World   3 hours
  Communication Choose one of: 3 hours
    CMST 101 - Introduction to Public Speaking  or  
    CMST 107 - Introduction to Interpersonal Communication    
  Mathematics Any Core 39 approved Foundations Mathematics course 3 hours
  Physical Activity and Wellness KIN 192 - Concepts in Wellness and Fitness   1 hour
  First Year Experience UNIV 101 - First Year Experience   1 hour

Civic and Cultural Awareness (13 hours) - 4 Categories of Ways of Knowing

  Historical Inquiry Choose one of:  3 hours
    HIST 101 - The United States to 1865  or  
    HIST 102 - The United States since 1865    
  Scientific & Mathematical Inquiry MATH 203 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II   4 hours
    (Note: MATH 103  is a prerequisite)  
  Social Inquiry EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education   3 hours
  World Languages & Culture Choose one of: 3 hours
    HUM 211 - World Humanities I  or  
    HUM 212 - World Humanities II  or  
    HUM 241 - The Humanistic Tradition in Literature I  or  
    HUM 242 - The Humanistic Tradition in Literature II    

Bachelor’s Degree (Bachelor of Science: 14 hours; Bachelor of Arts: 17 hours)

  World Language & Culture GEOG 330 - World Geography   3 hours
  Natural Science with Lab BIOL 108 - Biology for Educators  AND 4 hours
    GEOL 108 - Earth-Space Science for Educators    
  Natural Science with Lab CHEM 108 - Chemistry for Educators  AND 4 hours
    PHYS 108 - Physics for Educators    
  Social Science Social Science Elective 3 hours
  Students may pursue a BA degree by completing modern language courses (ARAB/CHIN/FREN/GERM/JPN/LATN/SPAN) 101, 102, 203, and 204.   For the BA degree, the social science elective may be omitted. However, GEOG 330  and the 8 hours of science are still required.

Embedded Experiences (may be core, major and/or elective courses)

  Diversity EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education    
  Global GEOG 330 - World Geography    
  Writing EDUC 221 - Diversity and Equity in Education   AND  
    EDUC 458 - Seminar in Professional Education    


Content Area Minor (24 hours)

The early childhood education major requires completion of a content area teaching minors.  The requirements listed above total 101 credits, leaving 19 hours to devote to a minor.  Any content area teaching minor approved by an advisor may fulfill this requirement.  However, only the minors listed below can be completed within 120 credit hours.

  • Mathematics Teaching Minor (Elementary)
  • Reading Teaching Minor
  • Science Teaching Minor
  • Social Studies Teaching Minor

Check with your advisor for other possibilities.

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