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.
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 200||Conservation of Global Environments||3|
|MTH 135||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I||4|
|MTH 136||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II||4|
|EDS 203||School, Society, and Teachers||3|
|EDS 206||Multicultural Education||3|
|HED 207||Youth Health Issues||3|
|Recommended general education courses|
|PHY 106||Physical Science for Educators||4|
|POL 101||American National Government||3|
|POL 102||State and Local Government||3|
|ART 302||Visual Language in the Global Classroom||3|
|MUS 317||Musical Classroom||3|
|Requirements in professional education (63 credits)|
|Courses not requiring admission to teacher education:|
|ECE 212||Child Growth and Development for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood Educators||3|
|ECE 213||Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|ECE 316||Early Childhood Care and Program Administration||3|
|ECE 324||Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Assessment for Infant/Toddler through Preschool||3|
|EDS 308||Foundations of Literacy||3|
|EDS 311||Curriculum and Pedagogy for Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence||3|
|EDS 319||Teaching with Integrated Technology I||2|
|PSY 370||Educational Psychology||3|
|Courses requiring admission to teacher education:|
|ECE 326||Early Childhood Education: Curriculum and Assessment for Kindergarten||3|
|ECE 327||Field Experience: Kindergarten||1|
|ECE 425||ECE Student Teaching: Infant/Toddler through Preschool||4|
|ECE 430||Creative Experience for Children: Art, Drama, Music, and Movement||4|
|ECE 440||Language and Literacy Development of Young Children||3|
|ECE 490||Seminar: Relationships with Children, Families and Professionals||2|
|EDS 402||Field Experience I: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 1||2|
|EDS 412||Teaching Reading and Literacy: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 1||5|
|EDS 413||Teaching Social Studies: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 1||3|
|EDS 421||Teaching General Science Methods:Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 2||3|
|EDS 422||Teaching Mathematics Methods: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 2||2|
|EDS 445||Field Experience II: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence 2||2|
|EDS 463||Designing Instruction and Ongoing Assessment for Diverse Learners||3|
|SPE 401||Introduction to Exceptional Individuals||3|
|Student Teaching (12 credits)|
|EDS 492||Student Teaching Seminar||1|
|EDS 493||Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Middle Childhood/Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence||11|
|or EDS 495||Teaching Internship|
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:
- 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 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.
- Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1 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.
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.
|ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)||3||CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)||3|
|EDS 203 (Gen Ed Self & Society)||3||ECE 213||3|
|HIS 101 or 102 (Gen Ed World History)||3||Gen Ed Elective||3|
|MTH 135 (Gen Ed Math)||4||MTH 136 (Gen Ed Math/Logical Systems)||4|
|Gen Ed Arts1||2-3||ECE 212||3|
|EDS 206 (Gen Ed Minority Cultures)||3||Gen Ed Arts1||3|
|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)||4||EDS 311||3|
|EDS 308||3||Gen Ed Hum-Lit||3|
|HED 207 (Gen Ed Health & Well Being)||3||PSY 370||3|
|EDS 413||3||EDS 421||3|
|EDS 402||2||GEO 200 (Gen Ed Global Studies)||3|
|SPE 401||3||ECE 430||4|
|ECE 440||3||EDS 422||2|
|EDS 412||5||EDS 445||2|
|ECE 326||3||EDS 492||1|
|ECE 490||2||EDS 4933||11|
|Total Credits: 123|
Admission to teacher education requires a 2.85 GPA and passing basic skills test scores. See the EC-MC Admissions website for details.
See the Office of Field Experience for details about applying to student teaching.