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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECHS)

Major in early childhood education. The major in early childhood education is designed to provide students with an understanding of the growth and development of young children (0–8 year olds). Students in this major have a concentration in early childhood development (ECD). In this concentration, students learn to apply developmental principles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for young children. At present, no public school certification is associated with this degree.

Each student completing the early child development concentration must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher in HD coursework before enrolling in HD 495 (Early Childhood Development Internship). Many internship opportunities require an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students should contact the department’s internship coordinator for further information.

Courses Hours
HD 202 Child Development: Infancy and Toddlerhood 3
HD 205 Child Development: Early Childhood 3
HD 302 Child Development: Adolescence 3
HD 382 Parent and Family Development 3
HD 321 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-I 3
HD 322 Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children-II 3
HD 422 Administering Children’s Centers and Programs (W) 3
HD 472 Program Evaluation 3
HD 488 Senior Seminar 2
HD 495 Early Childhood Development Internship 6
SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities 3
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In addition, please note that every student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is required to select an existing concentration or propose his or her own personalized concentration. In the event that a student wishes to propose a personalized concentration of courses, he or she must make application following a prescribed process. Students interested in this option should contact the chairperson of the department.

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