You may choose to earn either a Bachelor of Science degree in this program. Refer to the WSU Course Catalog for course descriptions.
Complete at least 40 credit hours of general education and relevant prerequisite courses and meet the teacher education admission and licensure requirements.
Early Childhood Education students must meet a minimum major course grade requirements and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all college work and achieve at least a "B-" in each professional education course to continue the program. A grade of C or better in each CHF class (except professional education courses) is required. If a grade in a major course does not meet the minimum requirements for graduation, the student may retake the course once in special circumstances, by the judgment of the department chair, the student may petition to the Family Studies or Early Childhood Committee, as appropriate, to graduate with a lower grade.
General Education Requirements
CHF SS 1500 (Human Development) is a prerequisite to most Child and Family Studies courses and will fulfill a general education requirement. COMM HU1020 (Principles of Public Speaking) or COMM HU2110 (Interpersonal & Small Group Communication) may be taken to fulfill both a support course and general education requirement. A science class with a lab is a requirement for Teacher Education.
The Child & Family Studies Department will only accept 2 transfer courses for major/minor. For Early Childhood Education majors, there are four areas of required course work:
- General education requirements
- Support course requirements
- Child and Family Studies requirements
- Elementary teacher education requirements
See details for each of these required areas below.
General Education Requirements for BS Degree
(verify these requirements in the WSU Course Catalog)
Communications: 6 credits
ENGL 1010, ENGL 2010
Quantitative Literacy: 3 credits
Math QL 1050*, QL 1080
or any math requiring 1050 as prerequisite
American Institutions: 3 credits
POLS AI1100, HIST AI1700, ECON AI1740
(Successful completion of approved proficiency exam or approved course(s) for credit.) 2-5 credits
Humanities/Creative Arts: 9 credits
COMM HU1020 or COMM 2210 recommended
Social Sciences: 9 credits
CHF SS1500 recommended
Physical and Life Sciences: 9 credits
LS 1370, PS 1350, PS 1360
(select at least one of the three courses listed
above. Students must have a lab science.)
Double Counting: Courses and credit hours used to fill the above requirements will not count as support courses. (Exceptions: CHF SS1500, COMM HU1020, and COMM HU2110 may count as support courses, but will not double the credit hours.)Support Course Requirements
Support courses may be taken prior to admission to the Teacher Education program and must be taken prior to enrolling in corresponding methods courses (as indicated in parentheses below).
SUPPORT COURSE REQUIREMENTS (25 CREDIT HOURS)
CHF SS1500 Human Development 3 credits
COMM HU1020 Principles of Public Speaking 3 credits
or HU2110 Introduction to Interpersonal and Small Group Communication 3 credits
MATH 2010 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3 credits
MATH 2020 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 3 credits
(prior to EDUC 4300)
EDUC 1010 Exploring Teaching 3 credits (prior to Level 1)
ENGL 3300 Children's Literature 3 credits
PEP 3630 Physical Education K-6 3 credits (taken after Level 1)
HLTH 4300 Health Ed in the Elementary School 2 credits
Based on a technology proficiency assessment, students will complete
one of the following prior to or concurrent with Level 1:
EDUC 3110 Instructional Technology 2 credits
or EDUC 3370 Advanced Instructional Technology
SUPPORT COURSE ELECTIVES (2-4 CREDIT HOURS)
One of the following:
ART *CA1030 Studio Art for the Non-Art Major 3 credits
DANC 3640 Creative Movement in
EDUC 3430 Creative Processes in Elem School 3 credits
MUSC 3824 Music for the Elementary Teacher 4 credits
THEA 4603 Creative Drama 3 credits*Which can not be used for HU/CA credits as well
Child and Family Studies Requirements
CHF SS1500 and CHF 2500 are offered through WSU distance learning.
A grade of "C" or above is required in all CHF courses, and CHF SS1500 (Human Development) is a prerequisite to all child and family studies courses. These courses may be taken prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program.
CHF 2500 Development from Birth to 8 3 credits
(prerequisite CHF SS1500)
CHF 2600 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits
(prerequisite CHF SS1500)
CHF 2610 Guidance Based on Developmental Theory 3 credits*
(prerequisite CHF SS1500) 2 hrs. lab per week
CHF 2620 Planning Creative Experiences for Young Children 3 credits*
(prerequisites CHF SS1500) 2 hrs. lab per week
Strongly suggested to take the semester before CHF 4710
CHF 3640 Working with Parents
CHF 4710** Advanced Planning and Guidance
(taken concurrently with CHF 4720)
(prerequisites CHF 2610 & 2620) 3 credits
CHF 4720** Student Teaching in the Melba Lehner Children School and Seminar (taken concurrently with
CHF 4710; and prior to taking EDUC 4840)
(prerequisites CHF 2600, 2610, and 2620) 6 credits
CHF 4990 Seminar in Child Development
(taken concurrently with CHF 4710 and 4720)
TOTAL 25 credits
**You are encouraged to apply two semesters prior to teaching in the Melba S. Lehner Children's School.
*Before enrolling in CHF 2600 (Introduction to Early Childhood Education), CHF 2610 (Guidance Based on Developmental Theory) or CHF 2620 (Planning Creative Experiences for Young Children), you must be fingerprinted and have a background check. If the background check reveals misconduct, you will not be allowed to enroll in these courses or any others which include field experiences, practica or student teaching. Click here for information on how to complete the background checks.
This is in compliance with Utah State Law. Allow for an eight-week response time from the state.
TEACHER EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Note: All 3000, 4000 level EDUC courses are open only to students who have been ADMITTED TO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM. (See teach education admission requirements.)
It is highly recommended that you concurrently register for all courses in a level. Additional information is available in the Teacher Education Advisement Center, Education Building, Room 230.
Professional Education Courses Required
Level 1 (Core)
EDUC 3100 Instructional Planning and Assessment 3 credits
EDUC 3120 Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades (K-2) 3 credits
Level 2 (Learners and Literacy)
EDUC DV3200 Foundations of Diversity: Culturally,
Linguistically Responsive Teaching 3 credits
EDUC 3240 Reading Instruction in the Intermediate Grades (3-6) 3 credits
CHF 3500* Young Children at Risk 3 credits
or EDUC 3260 The Exceptional Student 3 credits
EDUC 3280 Elementary Social Studies Methods 3 credits
Level 3 (Interdisciplinary Methods)
EDUC 4300 Elementary Mathematics Methods 3 credits
EDUC 4320 Elementary Language Arts Methods 3 credits
EDUC 4330 Elementary Science Methods 3 credits
EDUC 4340 Elementary Art/Music Methods 3 credits
**The Praxis II Test is required between Level 3 and Level 4
Level 4 (Synthesis)
EDUC 4840 Student Teaching in the Elementary School 8 credits
CHF 4850 Integrated Elementary Education Student Teaching Seminar 4 credits
*Either course fulfills both the child and family studies requirements and elementary teacher education requirement (Level 2 Learners and Literacy) If choosing the double major, students need EDUC 3260.