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Requirements for the Major in Pre-K Early Childhood Education and PreK-8 Special Education

Early Childhood PreK-4 Education courses:

ECE 201 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
ECE 203 Diversity within Family-School-Community Partnerships
ECE 321 Math for Preschool Years
ECE 322 Math for Primary Grades
ECE 331 Language Development Pre-K
ECE 332 Language Development K-4
ECE 341 Emergent Literacy
ECE 342 Literacy in the Primary Classroom
ECE 352 Teaching Social Studies PreK-8
ECE 352 Teaching Social Studies PreK-8
ECE 605 Early Childhood PreK-4
EDU 231 Educational Psychology
EDU 311 Teaching Science in the Schools
EDU 562-572 Early Childhood PreK-4 Education Field Experience II
ELL 206 English Language Learners
PED 301 Early Childhood Movement
PED 302 Adapted Physical Education
PSY 219 Early Childhood Development
Note: A practicum experience course in Early Childhood Pre-K is also required.

Special Education PreK-8 courses:

SED 201 Foundations of Special Education
SED 402 Behavior Management in Special Education
SED 404 Reading Strategies for Exceptional Children
SED 411 Legal Issues and Assessment in Special Education
SED 412 Assessment Methods in Special Education
SED 413 High Incidence Instructional Strategies in Special Education
SED 414 Low Incidence Instructional Strategies in Special Education
SED 462 Observation and Assessment PreK-8 Special Education
SED 572 PreK-8 Special Education Field Experience III
SED 605 Special Education PreK-8 Capstone
Note: A practicum experience course in Special Education PreK-8 is also required.

Courses in the following disciplines are also required for certification (these also count as part of the Westminster Plan curriculum):

Life Science
Physical Science
American History
Visual/Performing Arts

And recommended elective courses include:

A music course OR an art course OR a theatre course
CJS 201 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology
SOC 209 Minority-Majority Relations
EDU 203 Multicultural Education
PSY 101 Introduction to General Psychology OR PSY 281 Principles of Learning and Memory

See the Undergraduate Catalog for specific requirements and recommended courses.


What can you do with an Education degree?

Imagine yourself a preschool teacher, an elementary school teacher, a high school teacher, or a special education teacher in a public or private school.