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Early Childhood Education

As a Graduate of Southern Connecticut's Undergraduate Early Childhood program you enter will enter the classroom ready to teach. You will shape the most critical time in child's education. As a teacher you will work with students to build the foundations of literacy and numeracy necessary for life long learning.

The successful completion of this program includes the Liberal Education Program requirements, 44.5 credits in the early childhood education major (including 12 credits allot- ted to student teaching), and 30-38 credits in a liberal arts major.

Graduates of the program, who successfully pass all state licensing exams, will earn a teacher certificate to teach in Pre-K to grade three classes.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jessica Powell

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
  • Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Have a personal interview
  • MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • SED 225- Introduction to Exceptionalities or SED 485
  • ENG 112- Writing Arguments
  • EDU 206 - Principles of Early Childhood Education
  • C+ or higher in all required classes

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

41.5 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

EDU 305 – Beginning Readers
EDU 308 – Children’s Literature and Literacy
EDU 309 – Curriculum Design and Methods for Preschool
EDU 312 – Integrated Curriculum in the Primary Classroom
EDU 319 – Integrated Mathematics, Science, and Technology for Early Childhood Education
EDU 407 - Developing Readers 
IDS 471 – English Language Learners in the Classroom
SED 235 – Early Childhood Special Education for the Exceptional Individual
SED 365 – Basic Principles of Academic Assessment and Remediation for Exceptional Individuals

State Regulations require 15 Credits Called Cognates

EDU 414 - Applications of Child Development
MAT 105 – Mathematics for Elementary Education I
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development or EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
PSY 313 - Cognition


For all questions about the program or how to apply email Our Department