Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Early Childhood B.A. – Teaching Emphasis - Licensure: Early Childhood Education (Ages Birth-8)

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

School of Teacher Education

McKee 216, Greeley, CO 80639

Telephone: 970.351.2908

Fax: 970.351.1877

Website: www.unco.edu/cebs/teacher-education

Center for Urban Education

1059 Alton Way #758, Denver, CO 802030

Telephone: 303.637.4335

Website: www.unco.edu/urbaned

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

To find your advisor, log into ursa.unco.edu; go to 'Student' tab and click 'View Student Information' link. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.  

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Curriculum (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Early Childhood PTEP Credits
  4. University-Wide Elective Credits

Program Description:

The Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Program is offered at the Greeley campus and the Center for Urban Education (CUE) at the Denver Center at Lowry. In addition to engaging coursework, students complete over 800 hours of fieldwork in a variety of birth through third grade settings.

Graduates possess a broad background of knowledge within liberal arts areas and the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be successful in a variety of early childhood settings. Upon graduation, students are eligible for a Birth through Age Eight State of Colorado Teacher License that includes the right to teach grades kindergarten through age eight and Director Qualification.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

PTEP Program Requirements:

Teacher candidates who complete an approved content degree and the UNC professional teacher education program, as well as pass the appropriate Colorado Department of Education designated PRAXIS exam (if applicable), will be eligible for recommendation from UNC for a Colorado Department of Education teaching license.

If you are seeking licensure in your program area, the following items are required to complete your program.

  • Completion of Application for Initial Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Full Admission to PTEP
  • Completion of Application for Student Teaching
  • Completion of content specific PRAXIS test prior to Student Teaching
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.
  • Teacher education and educator preparation licensure programs do not accept Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) or field based courses that are more than ten years old. PLEASE NOTE: Teacher Candidates have the right to petition this policy at the discretion of the program coordinator.

Please work with your content advisor to determine when these requirements will be completed throughout your program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

1. Liberal Arts Curriculum — 31 credits

Written Communication — 6 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Written Communication courses

Mathematics — 3 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Mathematics courses

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences, U.S. Multicultural Studies, and International Studies — 15 credits

To complete the LAC in the minimum number of credits, be sure to choose at least one course with an IS designation and one course with an MS designation.

ELIT 290 Survey of Culturally Diverse Literature for Children is recommended to fulfill Arts & Humanities and U.S. Multicultural Studies requirement and will fulfill both LAC and major requirements.

SOC 120 Introduction to Family Studies is recommended to fulfill Social & Behavior Sciences, but is not required by the major.

See Arts & Humanities, History, and Social & Behavioral Sciences courses

Natural & Physical Sciences — 7 credits

Select any courses to fulfill this requirement from the currently approved LAC course list.

See Natural & Physical Sciences courses

See Liberal Arts Curriculum

2. Required Major — 36 credits

Take all of the following courses:

EDEC 101Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3

EDEC 102Introduction to Early Childhood Education Lab

3

EDEC 103Guidance Strategies for Children

3

EDEC 205Nutrition, Health, and Safety

3

EDEC 220Curriculum Development: Methods and Techniques

3

EDEC 240Administration of Early Childhood Care and Education Program

3

EDEC 241Administration: Human Relations for Early Childhood

3

EDEC 250Diverse Early Language and Literacy

3

EDEC 330Development and Education of Infants and Toddlers

3

EDEC 400Child Development in Context (0-8 years)

3

ECLD 350Teaching Young Bilingual Children

3

ELIT 290Survey of Culturally Diverse Literature for ChildrenLAA2LAMS

3

3. Early Childhood PTEP — 51-53 credits

Take all of the following courses:

EDEC 450Family Diversity and Involvement Early Childhood Education

3

EDEC 455Creative Expression and Play in Early Childhood

3

EDEC 475Assessment for Primary Classrooms

3

EDSE 431Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education

3

ET 340Integration of Technology into Content and Pedagogy

2

EDEL 220Teaching with Writing

3

EDEL 310Reading Assessment Informs Teaching

3

EDEL 360Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

3

Additional Main Campus PTEP Requirements:

Includes an 80-hour internship.

Take the following course:

EDEC 360School Programs for Young Children

3

Student Teaching

EDEC 490Early Childhood Student Teaching

6-12

EDEC 490: Take 12 credit hours.

Take all of the following courses concurrently:

EDEC 463Early Childhood Curriculum Social Studies

3

EDEC 464Early Childhood Curriculum Language Arts

4

EDEC 465Managing Early Childhood Classrooms

2

EDEC 480Early Childhood Curriculum II Mathematics and Science

6

Additional Urban Education PTEP Requirements:

Take all of the following courses:

EDEC 361School Programs for Young Children (CUE)

2

EDEC 461Early Childhood Curriculum Language Arts

3

EDEC 463Early Childhood Curriculum Social Studies

3

EDEC 465Managing Early Childhood Classrooms

2

EDEC 480Early Childhood Curriculum II Mathematics and Science

6

EDEC 490Early Childhood Student Teaching

6-12

EDFE 170Introduction to Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDFE 370Advanced Field Based Experience

1- 3

EDFE 170: Must be taken for 3 credits; take for 3 semesters, 1 credit each semester.

EDFE 370: Must be taken for 3 credits; take for 3 semesters, 1 credit each semester.

EDEC 490: Must be taken for 6 credits.

4. University-Wide Electives — 0-2 credits*

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for any degree at UNC; for this program, that will typically be 0-2 credits.

*Note: Students who apply the recommended courses to both the liberal arts curriculum and the major requirements will have an increased number of university wide electives to apply to this degree. See your advisor for details.