Early Childhood/Special Education Curriculum & Certification

The Major in Early Childhood/Special Education (for students entering in the Fall of 2009)
Students who declare an intent to major in early childhood/special education are assigned an adviser in the department and provided opportunities to explore teaching. By the Spring Semester of the sophomore year, they must file a completed major sheet with the registrar.
Students seeking to change their major to early childhood/special education should not assume departmental approval is guaranteed. Admission into this major is based upon a careful review of the following by a departmental screening panel: 1) GPA; 2) personal qualifications; 3) experiences with children/adolescents; 4) Praxis Series Examination scores; and 5) performance in courses offered by the department; 6) performance in all academic work.

Early Childhood/Special Education is the major of students seeking certification to teach in the PreK-8 public school system. Westminster College's program is approved for Instructional I Certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

ECE 201 Early Childhood Issues and Trends (3 SH)
ECE 203 Family-School-Community Partnerships and Diversity (3 SH)
EDU 311 Teaching Science in Schools (4 SH)
EDU 562 Early Childhood PreK-4 Education Field Experience II (2 SH)
ELL 206 English Language Learners (3 SH)
SED 201 Foundations of Special Education (4 SH)

SED 572 Special Education PreK-8 Field Experience III (2 SH)


ECE 321 Math for Preschool Years (2 SH)
ECE 322 Math for Primary Grades (2 SH)
ECE 331 Language Development Pre-K (2 SH)
ECE 332 Language Development K-4 (2 SH)
ECE 341 Emergent Literacy (2 SH)
ECE 342 Literacy in the Primary Classroom (2 SH)
ECE 352 Teaching Social Studies PreK-8 (4 SH)
ECE 362 Observation and Assessment PreK-4 (2 SH)


SED 402 Behavior Management in Special Education (4 SH)
SED 404 Reading Strategies for Exceptional Children (4 SH)
SED 411 Legal Issues and Assessment in Special Education (2 SH)
SED 412 Assessment Methods in Special Education (2 SH)
SED 413 High Incidence Instructional Strategies in Special Education (2 SH)
SED 414 Low Incidence Instructional Strategies in Special Education (2 SH)
SED 462 Observation and Assessment PreK-8 Special Education (2 SH)


ECE 602 Student Teaching and Seminar - Early Childhood PreK-4 (6 SH)
SED 602 Student Teaching and Seminar - Special Education PreK-8 (6 SH)


U.S. History
Foreign Language (attainment of 201 Level)
Course(s) from each of the following departments:
Arts - Music 185 Integration of Arts for the Developing Child
Geography 101, or a World History, or a Sociology or Psychology course, or HIS 210 History of Pennsylvania (select one course from the choices)
Life Science and Physical Science (Biology 101 and PHY 101 recommended)
Literature: Met by INQ 111 and WRI 111, however students are encouraged to take an additional LIT/ENG course
Mathematics (Math 110 and 124 recommended) for 6 credits minimum or other mathematics courses
PED 301 Early Childhood Movement (1 SH)
PED 302 Adapted Physical Education (1 SH)
PSY 219 Early Childhood Development (4 SH)
PSY 231 Educational Psychology (4 SH)


Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology
Psychology 281 Principles of Learning and Memory
Psychology 351 Cognition
Education 203 Multicultural Education
Sociology Courses


Testing Requirements for Pre K-4/SED Pre K-8 Only

Course Descriptions

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