Program Requirements

General Education: 30 hours

Professional and Pedagogical Studies: 45 hours

EDUC 205 Preparing the Elementary Environment
EDUC 210 Instructional Technologies to Improve Teaching and Learning
EDUC 220 Foundations of Education
EDUC 226 Health, Nutrition, and Safety
ELAD 230 Learning Through Play and Exploration
ELAD 240 Inquiry-Based Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
EDUC 283 Fundamentals of Special Education
ELAD 300 Integrated Curriculum: Preschool through Kindergarten
ELAD 310 Emergent Literacy in Young Children
EDUC 378 Children’s Literature Across the Curriculum
ELAD 410 Kindergarten Language Arts and Reading
ELAD 420 Kindergarten Numeracy, Spatial Sense, and Measurement
ELAD 422 STEM and the Youngest Learner
ELAD 460 Characteristics and Methods for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Child Development Studies: 10 hours

ELAD 210 Characteristics of Typical and Atypical Early Childhood Development
EDUC 257 Psychology and Development of the Learner
ELAD 260 Creative Arts for Young Children
ELAD 285 Child Development Pre-Practicum/Fieldwork (Birth–2 years)

Observation and Assessment Studies: 18 hours

ELAD 401 Assessment and Instruction for Exceptional Learners (3–5 years)
ELAD 487 Observation and Assessment of Young Children and Pre-Practicum/Fieldwork (Birth–5 years)
ELAD 489 Student Teaching (Pre-K–Kindergarten) | Certification
ELAD 490 Capstone Teaching (Birth–5 years) | Non-Certification

Child Care Administration Studies: 12 hours

ELAD 400 Curriculum and Intervention for Exceptional Young Children (3–5 years)
ELAD 402 Classroom Management with Positive Guidance
ELAD 403 Building Home, Early Learning, and Community Partnerships in Early Learning and Development Settings
ELAD 488 Program Administration in Diverse Settings and Practicum/Fieldwork (Birth–5 years)

Electives: 5 hours

Total Degree Requirements: 120 hours