Early Childhood Education
The major in Early Childhood Education (EDEC) is a field-oriented program designed to prepare you to teach children in preschool programs through the primary grades (grades pre-kindergarten-3rd grade).*
As an Early Childhood Education major, you may begin taking some of your courses in your sophomore year (see suggested course sequence). However, the majority of your courses in this major will be completed in your junior and senior years, with student teaching in the final semester of your senior year.
The courses are structured so that you work with a cohort of peers throughout your program. You also learn about the growth and development of children at the same time as you work with them in local schools. In the first semester, you learn about and work with children birth through 5 years, children 6-7 years old in the second semester, and children 8-9 years old in the third semester. In this way, you have the opportunity to observe, practice, discuss, and reflect on the knowledge and methods you are learning in your courses.
Requirements for the Major
Students majoring in early childhood education must complete sixty-one hours, including EDUC 201, 350, 371, and 440; EDEC 303, 304, 311, 391, 392, 393, 394, 408, 409, and 410; EDEL 306, 312, and 313; PSYC 212 and 303; six hours chosen from ART 280, EDEC 310, MUSC 2400, or PHED 310; and a minimum of three hours chosen from HIST 3240, HIST 3245/RELG 356, MUSC 1151, SOC 360, SOC 364, an approved Maymester course, or a semester-long study abroad program.
*Graduates of this program may also be eligible for a second certification in elementary education (grades 2-6) with the addition of EDEL 305 and passing the elementary education licensure exams.