2016-17 Catalog

Publication date June 2016

Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education Program (ages birth - 11) - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The primary purpose of the Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Education 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.

Admission requirements

Candidates completing this program earn a regular classroom teaching certification at the Early Childhood through Middle Childhood (EC-MC) developmental range (ages birth through 11). Candidates must fulfill the requirements below to be eligible to apply for licensure to teach students from birth though 11 years of age.

Required general education courses (20 credits)
GEO 200Conservation of Global Environments3
MTH 135Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I4
MTH 136Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II4
EDS 203School, Society, and Teachers3
EDS 206Multicultural Education3
HED 207Youth Health Issues3
Recommended general education courses
PHY 106Physical Science for Educators4
POL 101American National Government3
POL 102State and Local Government3
ART 302Visual Language in the Global Classroom3
MUS 317Musical Classroom3
Requirements in professional education (63 credits)
Courses not requiring admission to teacher education:
ECE 212Child Growth and Development for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Educators3
ECE 213Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 316Early Childhood Care and Program Administration3
ECE 324Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Assessment for Infant/Toddler through Preschool3
EDS 308Foundations of Literacy3
EDS 311Curriculum and Pedagogy for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence3
EDS 319Teaching with Integrated Technology I2
PSY 370Educational Psychology3
Courses requiring admission to teacher education:
ECE 326Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Assessment for Kindergarten3
ECE 327Field Experience: Kindergarten1
ECE 425ECE Student Teaching: Infant/Toddler through Preschool4
ECE 430Creative Experience for Children: Art, Drama, Music, and Movement4
ECE 440Language and Literacy Development of Young Children3
ECE 490Seminar: Relationships with Children, Families and Professionals2
EDS 402Field Experience I: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 12
EDS 412Teaching Reading and Literacy: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 15
EDS 413Teaching Social Studies: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 13
EDS 421Teaching General Science Methods:Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 23
EDS 422Teaching Mathematics Methods: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 22
EDS 445Field Experience II: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 22
EDS 463Designing Instruction and Ongoing Assessment for Diverse Learners3
SPE 401Introduction to Exceptional Individuals3
Student Teaching (12 credits)
EDS 492Student Teaching Seminar1
EDS 493Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence11
or EDS 495 Teaching Internship
1

 taken concurrently

2

  taken concurrently

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for teacher certification programs), 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:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. 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.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1 At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 (senior college) level courses. Courses earned at the 100/200 level that transferred to UWL as 300/400 level courses do not apply to this requirement nor do courses from two-year schools.
  5. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  6. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  7. 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.
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.

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 assistant to the dean of their college for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

Note: at least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400 level.

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.

Year 1
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ECE 2133
HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World History)3Gen Ed Elective3
MTH 135 (Gen Ed Math)4MTH 136 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)4
Gen Ed Arts12-3ECE 2123
 15 16
Year 2
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)3Gen Ed Arts13
Apply to the School of Education2 PHY 106 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science - Physical)4
MIC 100 or BIO 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science - Life)4EDS 3113
EDS 3083Gen Ed Hum-Lit3
HED 207 (Gen Ed Health & Well Being)3PSY 3703
ECE 3243 
 16 16
Year 3
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDS 4133EDS 4213
EDS 4022GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)3
SPE 4013ECE 4304
ECE 4403EDS 4222
EDS 4125EDS 4452
 EDS 4633
 16 17
Year 4
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECE 3263EDS 4921
ECE 4902EDS 493311
ECE 3271 
EDS 3192 
ECE 4254 
ECE 3163 
 15 12
Total Credits: 123
1

MUS 317 and ART 302 are recommended. 

2

Admission to teacher education requires a 2.85 GPA and passing basic skills test scores. See the EC-MC Admissions website for details.

3

See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.

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