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Early Childhood/English as a Second Language Option Requirements

Liberal Studies and General Education

Students must complete the Liberal Studies and General Education requirements for the degree program.

Environmental Education Requirement

Elementary Education students complete an Environmental Education course to meet Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction regulations. Complete one course from the approved list. If appropriate, this course may also be applied toward the liberal studies requirements.

Mathematics for Elementary Teachers, 3 credits

Complete Math 130 Mathematics for Teaching: Numbers and Operations, 3. Also meets Quantitative Reasoning Part A. Students with college-level calculus coursework or advanced placement credit should see the exemption rules for this course. More detailed information about this course is available on the math department website.

Recommended but not required. Choose from these related courses that focus on children and families:

Cnsr Sci 475 Family Economics
HDFS 362 Development of the Young Child
HDFS 461 Social and Emotional Development of Young Child in Early Childhood Education
HDFS 464 Play—Development and Role Across the Lifespan
HDFS 468 Implications of Poverty for Early Childhood Education
HDFS 469 Family and Community Influences on the Young Child
HDFS 471 Parent-Child Relations
HDFS 474 Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.
HDFS 478 Development of Black Children and Their Families: Research and Policy
Philos 104 Special Topics in Philosophy, Topic: Children, Marriage & Family
Psych 311 Issues in Psychology, Topic: Child Mental Health
Psych 560 Child Psychology
Soc 120 Marriage and Family
Soc Work 206 Introduction to Social Policy

Professional Sequence

Admitted students complete a four-semester sequence of professional courses beginning in the fall semester after program admission. Completion of this program leads to certification in Early Childhood and English as a Second Language at the Early Childhood level. Courses are from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Curric). Each semester of the sequence must be followed sequentially and taken in consecutive semesters. Class schedules for the sequence are determined in advance.

First Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

660 Early Childhood Education, 3
550 Methods, Materials and Activities in Early Childhood Education, 3
663 Learning Environments for Initial Education Programs, 3
328 Artistic Lives of Children, 3
363 Early Childhood Practicum, 3

Second Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

314 Becoming Literate in and out of Schools, 3
370 Teaching Mathematics: Early Childhood, 3
506 Strategies for Inclusive Schooling, 3
325 Educating Young English Learners, 3
367 Elementary Teaching Practicum: Early Childhood, 3

Third Semester of Sequence, 15 credits

371 Teaching Social Studies: Early Childhood, 3
372 Teaching Science: Early Childhood, 3
315 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum in Early Childhood, 3 (Also meets General Education Communication Part B)
326 Language Use and Acquisition in Early Childhood, 3
373 Elementary Teaching Practicum: Early Childhood, 3 

Fourth Semester of Sequence, 12 credits

327 Methods of Teaching Young English Learners, 3
468 Early Childhood/English as a Second Language Student Teaching, 10

This page was updated 5/11/16.