Experimental learning activities, assessment, and practicums are provided for students on and off campus through the Office of Clinical Experiences. On-campus facilities providing structured practicums include the Child Development Laboratories and the Rural Infant Stimulation Environment (RISE) Program. These programs provide opportunities for students to work with infants, toddlers, and children who have a broad range of special needs. In addition, all students who major in early childhood special education will complete supervised practicum and internship experiences in diverse public school settings.

Degree Options

Early childhood education students graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences degree. Students who choose to do so may continue their education in a teacher education master’s program to obtain teacher certification, or they may pursue a Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences. Some students continue to one of the HDFS collaborative doctoral programs in education or psychology.

All students with a major in human development and family studies must take the following courses as part of the University core requirements:

BSC 114
BSC 115 or
Principles Of Biology I
and Laboratory Biology I
BSC 109 Intro Biology Non Maj II
HD 101Life Span Human Development3
PY 101Intro To Psychology3
Total Hours10

Early Childhood Education Major

The major in early childhood education (ECHS) is designed to provide students with an understanding of the growth and development of young children (conception through 8 years of age). Additionally, students learn to apply developmental principles in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs for young children. Beginning fall 2017, graduates of this degree program may qualify to apply for state teacher certification of children birth - Pre-K.

Each student completing the Early Childhood Education major must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in both HD and UA coursework before enrolling in HD 495 Early Childhood Ed Internship. Many internship opportunities require a cumulative and HD GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the department’s internship coordinator for further information.

More InformationHours
HD 202Child Dev-Infancy/Todlr3
HD 205Child Dev-Preschool3
HD 302Child Dev-Adolescence3
HD 321Concp Creat Exper Young Child3
HD 322Conc Creat Exper Yng Chld II3
HD 382Parent And Family Devt3
HD 422Admin Child Centers & Programs3
HD 472Program Evaluation3
HD 488Senior Seminar2
HD 495Early Childhood Ed Internship6
SPE 471Dev Persp Young Child W/ Disab3
PY 211 or Elem Statistical Methods3
BER 345 Educational Statistics
Total Hours38

Early Childhood Educator, birth-pre K teacher, early interventionist, curriculum specialist, case manager, advocate for early childhood policies, employee for non-profit organization

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Lead teachers, pre-K teachers, instructional facilitators, cooperating master teachers, school administrators (principals, special education supervisors, directors of non-profit organizations)

Learn more about opportunities in this field at the Career Center