The primary purpose of the Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) Program is to advance teaching and learning while preparing teacher leaders for a global society. Our teacher preparation program, in collaboration with our public school partners, contributes to the teaching profession by producing teachers who believe that all students have the ability to achieve high standards, who adapt their teaching to reach all students, and who respect the diversity of all students. We prepare teacher candidates to become teachers who ground curriculum in the lives of students; who embrace multicultural perspectives and uphold just teaching practices; value academically rigorous curriculum; and are culturally sensitive. Our graduates are reflective practitioners who continuously improve their abilities and are responsive to best practices.
Completion of the Early Childhood Education Program and associated benchmark assessments will lead to endorsement for the following Wisconsin teaching license:
- Early Childhood - Regular Education, birth - grade 3 (2088).
Students in all teacher education programs must satisfy the School of Education (SOE) core requirements.
Students in all teacher education programs must be admitted to the School of Education in order to complete their program requirements and be eligible for endorsement for the appropriate teaching license(s). Students majoring in early childhood education (birth - grade 3) must meet specific program admission criteria.
Retention and advancement
The Early Childhood Education Program is aligned with InTASC Teacher Standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards.
Required general education courses (23 credits)
Besides the courses specified below, early childhood education majors must satisfy additional general education requirements. The General Education Program requires a total of 42 credits.
|EDS 203||School, Society, and Teachers 1, 9||3|
|EDS 206||Multicultural Education 2, 9||3|
|MTH 115||Mathematics for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers I 3||3|
|MTH 116||Mathematics for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers II 3||2|
|Select one of the following: 3||2|
|Mathematics for Middle School Teachers I|
|Mathematics for Middle School Teachers II|
|HIS 110||World History 4||3|
|GEO 200||Conservation of Global Environments 5||3|
|Physical science course from the GE Natural Lab Science list 6||4|
Recommended general education courses
|PHY 106||Physical Science for Educators 6||4|
|ART 302||Visual Language in the Global Classroom 7||3|
|MUS 317||Musical Classroom 7||3|
|HED 207||Youth Health Issues 8||3|
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Self and Society (GE Category 6).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Minority Cultures or Multiracial Women's Studies (GE Category 3).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Mathematical/Logical Systems and Modern Languages (GE Category 2).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: International and Multicultural Studies, World History (GE Category 4-1).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: International and Multicultural Studies, Global and Multicultural Studies (GE Category 4-2). Also satisfies a WI statutory requirement.
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Natural Laboratory Science (GE Category 5).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Arts (GE Category 8).
Counts toward General Education Program requirement: Health and Physical Well-Being (GE Category 9).
Professional courses not requiring admission to the School of Education (33 credits)
|SPE 200||Foundations of Special Education 9||3|
|TSL 250||Educating Multilingual Learners||3|
|EDS 308||Foundations of Literacy||3|
|EDS 309||Teaching Global Perspectives Across the Curriculum||3|
|EDS 311||Curriculum and Pedagogy: Elementary/Middle Education||3|
|EDS 318||Literacy Methods I||3|
|ECE 214||Child Growth and Development for ECE: Birth-Age 3 9||3|
|ECE 215||Child Growth and Development for ECE: Ages 4-8 (PK-Grade 3) 9||3|
|ECE 316||Early Childhood Administration, Advocacy, and Leadership||3|
|ECE 330||Social and Emotional Foundations of Learning||3|
|ECE 335||Learning with Nature||3|
Professional courses requiring admission to the School of Education (45 credits)
|SPE 300||Designing Sustainable Inclusive Classrooms||3|
|ECE 435||Creative Arts and Play in ECE||3|
|ECE 442||Emergent Literacy and Language Development in Young Children||3|
|Pre-field block courses (must be taken concurrently)|
|ECE 413||Teaching Social Studies: Early Childhood/Elementary Education||3|
|ECE 418||Literacy Methods II: Early Childhood/Elementary Education||3|
|Field I block courses (must be taken concurrently)|
|ECE 415||Field Experience I in Early Childhood Education: Grades K-3 9||3|
|EDS 421||Science Methods 9||3|
|EDS 422||Mathematics Methods 9||2|
|Field II block courses (must be taken concurrently)|
|ECE 424||Curriculum and Assessment for Preschool-Kindergarten 9||4|
|ECE 455||Field Experience II in Early Childhood Education: Birth-Kindergarten 9||3|
|ECE 460||School, Family and Community Partnerships 9||3|
|Student teaching semester 10|
|EDS 492||Student Teaching Seminar 9||1|
|One of the following: 9||11|
|Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3)|
Also satisfies an SOE core requirement.
Must complete all course requirements and other benchmarks prior to student teaching. For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internship Policy.
Additional teacher education requirements are listed on the School of Education catalog page.
All teacher education students must complete the general education, School of Education, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.
Baccalaureate degree requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:
- Fulfill the general education requirements.
- Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
- Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
- Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
- At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
- A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
- Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.
Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.
The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.
No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.
Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.
The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.
General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning.
At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.
Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.
This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student plan their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|
|EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3||EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)||3|
|MTH 115 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)||3||MTH 116 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)||2|
|FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)||3||GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3|
|HIS 110 (Gen Ed World History)||3||Gen Ed Humanistic Studies||3|
|Gen Ed Arts1||2-3|
|EDS 308||3||SPE 200||3|
|EDS 309||3||EDS 311||3|
|ECE 214||3||EDS 318||3|
|TSL 250||3||ECE 215||3|
|Gen Ed Natural Lab Science-Physical2||4||MTH 215 or 216||2|
|Apply for admission to SOE3|
|EDS 413||3||SPE 300||3|
|EDS 418||3||EDS 421||3|
|ECE 442||3||EDS 422||2|
|ECE 335||3||ECE 415||3|
|ECE 330||3||ECE 316||3|
|Apply for Field Experience I4||Gen Ed Arts1||2-3|
|Apply for Field Experience II4|
|Apply for Student Teaching5|
|ECE 455||3||All course requirements and other benchmarks must be completed prior to student teaching.7|
|ECE 460||3||EDS 492||1|
|ECE 424||4||EDS 490||11|
|Gen Ed Health & Well-Being6||3|
|Total Credits: 120|
PHY 106 is recommended.
Students applying for field and student teaching placements will be asked to disclose any criminal charges.
Students must apply for student teaching through the Office of Field Experience one year prior to the student teaching semester.
HED 207 is recommended.
For more information, please see the Student Teaching and Internships Policy.