Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Requirements for certification for preschool through grade 3. (Also requires the completion of the elementary education major.) An online option of the Unified Early Childhood endorsement is available for those who hold or are eligible to hold certification in Elementary Education. Please contact the Education department for details.


EDU 229 - Introduction to Early Childhood
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Included in its overview will be the study of the historical background and current trends, child development-birth to eight years, philosophies of early childhood education teaching, and issues in early childhood education. Early childhood curriculum design in the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies and the creative arts is incorporated in this course.(3 credits)
EDU 230 - Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
This course presents the knowledge of child-family-school-community relationships including familiarity with various community agencies providing services for preschool children. Research for helping develop a good early childhood program will be incorporated. Also included will be licensing procedures, physical environment, personnel and curriculum development, funding, and evaluation. Careers available in the early childhood field will be explored.Prerequisite: EDU229 or permission of instructor.(3 credits)
EDU 314 - Working with Parents
This course is designed to investigate approaching trends and issues pertinent in developing professional relationships between the special education staff and other individuals associated with the special needs learner.Prerequisite: EDU206.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU 319 - Communication and Collaborative Partnerships for Special Educators
This course provides strategies for working with regular classroom teachers, support services, personnel, paraprofessionals and other individuals involved in the educational program.Prerequisite: EDU206.(2 credits, alternate years, consult department)
EDU 407 - Early Childhood Student Teaching
Observation, participation and teaching students in both pre- kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Prerequisites: EDU229 and 230, and KIN104 or current first aid and infant child CPR certification. (1-4 credits)

Cognate requirements

KIN 101 - Concepts of Physical Fitness
The course examines various concepts of health and physical fitness with the purpose of encouraging the student to establish positive patterns of activity and healthy living.(2 credits)
KIN 104 - First Aid
An intensive course in first aid, including lectures, demonstrations and practice in accident prevention and treatment of injuries. First aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification will be secured upon successful completion of the course.(1 credit)

Total credits required: 16-17

Note: Requires certification in Infant CPR and First Aid.