Early Childhood Education, BS Curriculum

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The B.S. degree in early childhood education is a career-oriented program that prepares students to earn their Minnesota teacher's license, a professional licensure that allows teaching young children from birth through third grade.

Graduates of this teacher education program design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children in a variety of early childhood settings. They are prepared to work collaboratively with families and in the community. Significant opportunities for professional positions exist in these educational programs: infant and toddler care and education, preschool programs, K-3 classrooms, Head Start, and early childhood family education.

This degree program has four academic core areas of required coursework--education core, early childhood and family core, infant and toddler education core, and preprimary education core--and two areas of emphasis--primary education and program management.

Students who expect to apply for teacher licensure must complete the primary education emphasis. Graduates with the primary education emphasis demonstrate competencies as described in the MN Board of Teaching, Rules 8710.3000, Standard for Teachers of Early Childhood Education (ECE) and in MN Rules 8710.2000, Standards for Effective Practice for all Teachers. See program outcomes listed in the sub-plan descriptions below.

Program Delivery

This program is available:

Admission Requirements

 A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:

2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
2.50 transferring from outside the University
  1. Earn a minimum GPA of 2.50 overall.
  2. Take the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE), Basic Skills tests.
  3. Purchase personal Liability Insurance: can be obtained inexpensively through an annual student membership in Education Minnesota.
  4. Successful completion of ED 2200, Foundations of Education.
  5. Complete and submit Teacher Education Application Packet.

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.

General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 40 upper division credits. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50 throughout their enrollment in the program and must earn a C- or better in all program required courses plus ART 2000 and ECE 2100.

Program Requirements
Required courses - 44.5 credits
ECE 3410 - Learning Environments for Infants and Toddlers (4.0 cr)
ECE 4440 - Infant and Toddler Student Teaching (4.0 cr)
ECE 4700 - Creative Arts and Language Arts: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4702 - Mathematics, Social Studies, and Sciences: Preprimary (4.0 cr)
ECE 4730 - Understanding and Supporting Parenting (3.0 cr)
ED 4880 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3.0 cr)
ED 2200 - Foundations of Education (3.0 cr)
ED 2300 - Introduction to Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 3000 - Cultural Immersion (1.0 cr)
ED 3009 - Human Relations in Diversity (1.0 cr)
ED 3010 - Child Guidance and Classroom Management (3.0 cr)
ED 3110 - Educational Psychology (3.0 cr)
ED 3500 - Introduction to Children with Special Needs (2.0 cr)
ED 3901 - The Professional Teacher I (0.5 cr)
ED 4500 - Teaching in Inclusive Learning Environments (4.0 cr)
ED 4750 - Family, School, and Community Relations (3.0 cr)
PUBH 1003 - Alcohol and College Life (UMTC) (1.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.
ART 2000 - Elementary Art [HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
ECE 2100 - Child Development and Learning [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)


Technology Requirements
Take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx

Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Program ManagementProgram Management

The program management emphasis is for students who wish to increase their academic preparation for supervisory, management, and/or leadership roles in child care and education programs.

Program outcomes: graduates will

The emphasis requires 26.5 credits without Board of Teaching licensure.

Program Management Emphasis Requirements
Required courses - 26.5 credits
ACCT 2101 - Principles of Accounting I (3.0 cr)
ECE 3420 - Nurturing and Collaborative Relationships for Infants and Toddlers (2.0 -3.0 cr)
ECE 4811 - Preschool Student Teaching (6.0-8.0 cr)
ECE 4883 - Student Experiences in Program Management (3.5 cr)
MGMT 3200 - Principles of Management (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
MGMT 3220 - Human Resource Management (3.0 cr)


Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following. In making their selections, students may choose only one course that has a ED prefix. Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 or more credit(s) from the following: 
CA 1040 - Web Site Development (3.0 cr)
COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
COMM 4900 - Public Relations (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2560 - First Responder (3.0 cr)
ED 2xxx
ED 3xxx
ED 4xxx
ENTR 2200 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business (3.0 cr)
GBUS 1007 - Enactus (1.0 cr)
HLTH 1062 - First Aid and CPR (2.0 cr)
MGMT 3600 - Change, Creativity, and Innovation Management (3.0 cr)


Primary EducationPrimary Education

The primary education emphasis is for students who wish to teach in public school classrooms with kindergarten through third grade, as well as early childhood education programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Program outcomes: graduates will

The emphasis requires 38 credits and completes requirements for Board of Teaching licensure.

Primary Education Emphasis Requirements
Required courses - 38 credits
 ECE 3420 - Nurturing and Collaborative Relationships for Infants and Toddlers (2.0 -3.0 cr)
ECE 4811 - Preschool Student Teaching (6.0-8.0 cr)
ECE 4812 - Kindergarten Student Teaching (4.0 cr)
ED 2877 - Social Studies in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 2878 - Science in Elementary Education (2.0 cr)
ED 3201 - Reading and Language Arts I (4.0 cr)
ED 3202 - Reading and Language Arts II (2.0 cr)
ED 3301 - Creating Meaning Through Literature and Arts (4.0 cr)
ED 3860 - Mathematics for Elementary Teaching (1.0 cr)
ED 3870 - Mathematics in Elementary Education (3.0 cr)
ED 3902 - The Professional Teacher II (0.5 cr)
ED 4827 - Elementary Student Teaching (7.0 cr)