Course Requirements

You may choose to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in this program. Refer to the WSU Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Program Prerequisite

Complete at least 40 credit hours of general education and relevant prerequisite courses and meet the teacher education admission and licensure requirements.


Not required.

Grade 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 B- 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.

Course Requirements

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:

  1. General education requirements
  2. Support course requirements
  3. Child and Family Studies requirements
  4. 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

Computer Literacy

(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

    GEOG 1300 or 1520  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.)


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).


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

CHF 3500 Young Child at Risk 3 credits

* Double majors may choose CHF 3500 or ECU 2010 3 credits
GEOG 1300 Places & Peoples of the World  
or GEOG 1520 Geography of the United States & Canada 3 credits



One of the following:

ART CA1030 Studio Art for the Non-Art Major  3 credits

DANC 3640  Creative Movement in Elem School   2  credits

EDUC 3430 Creative Processes in Elem School  3 credits

MUSC 3824 Music for the Elementary Teacher  4  credits

THEA 4603 Creative Drama  3 credits

Child and Family Studies Requirements

CHF SS1500 and CHF 2500 are offered through WSU distance learning.

A grade of "B-" 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 3 credits
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

           (prerequisites of CHF 2500, CHF 2600, CHF 3640, & CHF 3500 or EDUC 2010)

TOTAL  28 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.

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)  (12 Credit Hours)
EDUC 3120  Reading Instruction in the Primary Grades  3 credits
EDUC 3140 Educational Psychology, Interpersonal Skills and Classroom Management 3 credits
EDUC 3205 Culturally, Linquistically Responsive Teaching 3 credits
EDUC 3270 Differentiation and Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching 3 credits


Level 2 (14 Credit Hours)
EDUC 3100 Instructional Planning & Assessment     3 credits
EDUC 3210 Elementary Level II Practicum 2 credits

EDUC 3240 Reading Instruction in the Intermediate Grades 3 credits
EDUC 4345 Integrating Creative Arts 3 credits
PEP 3620 Methods of Teaching Physical Education and Health for Elementary Teachers 3 credits

Level 3 (17 Credit Hours)

EDUC 3115 Media Integration in Elementary Education Settings 2 credits
?EDUC 3280 Elementary Social Studies Methods  3 credits
EDUC 4210 Elementary Level III Practicum 3 credits
EDUC 4300 Elementary Mathematics Methods  3 credits
EDUC 4320 Elementary Language Arts Methods  3 credits
EDUC 4330 Elementary Science Methods  3 credits

**The Praxis II Test is required between Level 3 and Level 4

Level 4 (12 Credit Hours)
EDUC 4840 Student Teaching in the Elementary School  8 credits

EDUC 4850 Integrated Elementary Education Student Teaching Seminar and Synthesis  4 credits
TOTAL  55 Credit Hours



Updated 12-15-2015





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