Course Requirements

The course requirements listed below apply to those students admitted on or after Fall 2009. Anyone admitted prior to this term should refer to their Analysis of Academic Progress on WESS or see your academic advisor for your official program of study.

Prerequisite Courses  
Number Name Hours
FCST 512 Child Development I - One semester of child development or equivalent 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication or equivalent 3
  • Physiology & Hygiene (State certification requirement; approved course or exam offered by the Center of Pedagogy)
  • Completion and passing score on PRAXIS II Early Childhood Content Knowledge The test code beginning 9/1/2015 is 5025. (Tests completed prior to 9/1/2015 should be code 5022/0022). 
Core Courses 15
Number Name Hours
ECEL 501 Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Diverse Society 3
EDFD 503 Methods of Research 3
READ 500 Literacy Foundations 3
ECEL 518 Families, Communities, and Schools: Diversity, Culture and Democracy 3
ECSE 508 Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 3
Literacy Course(s): Select one of the following:
READ 507 Understanding Reading Comprehension 3
READ 519 Language and Early Literacy Development 3
READ 522 History of Literacy and Media 3
READ 524 Teaching Multiethnic Literature in P-8 Classrooms 3
READ 525 Literacies, Digital Technology and Learning 3
READ 600 Workshop in Contemporary Issues in Reading 3
Content/Methods Courses 9
Number Name Hours
ECEL 516 Social Studies and the Arts: Understanding Democracy in Elementary Classrooms 3
ECEL 517 Integrating Science and Technology in Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 3
MATH 577 Mathematics Education in the Elementary School 3
Professional Sequence Courses 12
Semester Before Student Teaching  
  Students must apply to the Center of Pedagogy for a Clinical placement the semester prior to their Clinical experience. Due dates are 3/1 for September placement and 10/1 for January. These deadlines are strictly adhered to by the Center of Pedagogy.  
Number Name Hours
+ ECEL 528 Early Childhood Curriculum in Inclusive Settings 3
ECEL 510 Clinical Experience I in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings 2
ECEL 502 Seminar I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 1
Student Teaching Semester  
Number Name Hours
ECEL 511 Clinical Experience II in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Settings 5
ECEL 514 In-service Supervised Graduate Student Teaching 5
    (ECEL 514 replaces ECEL 511 for those already in full-time teaching positions)    
ECEL 504 Seminar II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms 1
  Comprehensive Exam 0
PROGRAM TOTAL: 36 credits
+ Check prerequisites ** This work program is to be used as a checklist for advising purposes. Students should consult with their advisor about the information on this page for further clarification and advisement.