Early Childhood Education Major

The early childhood major is designed for students who plan to teach in early childhood settings (EC through grade 4). Students focus on developmentally appropriate pedagogy for young children. Field-based coursework provides prospective teachers with significant experiences in urban schools. Students interested in this major may select one of the following options:

ESL Generalist EC-4: This option is designed for students who will teach in diverse early childhood settings, including English as a Second Language classrooms. Students must pass required state examinations in order to be awarded a Generalist EC-4 Teaching Certificate with English as a Second Language qualifications.

Special Education Generalist EC-4: This option is designed for students who will teach in special education settings at the EC-4 level. Students must pass the Generalist EC-4 Content Exam and the Special Education Supplemental Exam.

Bilingual Generalist EC-4: This option is designed for students who will teach in bilingual (Spanish) early childhood settings. Students wishing to pursue this degree option must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish as a condition for admission to the College of Education. The Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies conducts the Spanish Language Assessment. Students must pass required state examinations, including the Texas Oral Proficiency Test (TOPT), in order to be awarded a Bilingual Generalist EC-4 Teaching Certificate. Candidates who do not meet the passing criteria for the TOPT, but meet all other coursework and certification requirements, are eligible to apply for a Generalist EC-4 Teaching Certificate with English as a Second Language qualifications.

ESL Generalist EC-4

TCU Core Curriculum: 39 hours

Major: 66 hours

EDUC 30143

Child Development

EDEC 30103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Junior I Fall Block

EDUC 30123

Educational Psychology

EDSP 30603

Study of Exceptional Children

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30014

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Science (4 hours)

EDEC 30023

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Math (3 hours)

EDEC 30033

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Play and Creativity (3 hours)

Junior II Spring Block

EDEC 30203

Mathematics in the Elementary School

EDEC 30234

Developmentally Appropriate Social Studies (4 hours)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30213

Promoting Language and Literacy: Early Literacy/Literature (3 hours)

EDEC 30223

Promoting Language and Literacy: Elementary Language Arts/Literature (3 hours)

EDEC 30233

Promoting Language and Literacy: ESL (3 hours)

Senior I Fall Block

EDEC 30001

Professional Practice Seminar (1 hour)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 41103

Learner-Centered Teaching: Assessment (3 hours)

EDEC 41113

Learner-Centered Teaching: Foundations (3 hours)

EDEC 41123

Learner-Centered Teaching: Families (3 hours)

EDEC 41143

Learner-Centered Teaching: Management (3 hours)

EDEC 41153

Learner-Centered Teaching: Practicum (3 hours)

Senior II Spring Block

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 42213

Professional Induction: Curriculum for Diverse Learners (3 hours)

EDEC 42223

Professional Induction: ESL (3 hours)

EDEC 42236

Professional Induction: Internship (6 hours)

Associated Requirements: 15 hours

EDUC 20003

Critical Investigations: Teaching and Learning

EDUC 30113

Introduction to Educational Technology

GEOG 10003

World Regional Geography

SPAN 10103

Spanish for Beginners

SPAN 10203

Spanish for Beginners 2

Electives: 4 hours

Total Semester Hours: 124 hours

Special Education Generalist EC-4

TCU Core Curriculum: 39 hours

Major: 66 hours

EDUC 30143

Child Development

EDEC 30103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Junior I Fall Block

EDUC 30123

Educational Psychology

EDSP 30603

Study of Exceptional Children

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30014

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Science (4 hours)

EDEC 30023

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Math (3 hours)

EDEC 30033

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Play and Creativity (3 hours)

Junior II Spring Block

EDEC 30203

Mathematics in the Elementary School

EDEC 30234

Developmentally Appropriate Social Studies (4 hours)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30213

Promoting Language and Literacy: Early Literacy/Literature (3 hours)

EDEC 30223

Promoting Language and Literacy: Elementary Language Arts/Literature (3 hours)

EDSP 30243

Promoting Academic Success in Special Education (3 hours)

Senior I Fall Block

EDEC 30001

Professional Practice Seminar (1 hour)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 41103

Learner-Centered Teaching: Assessment (3 hours)

EDEC 41113

Learner-Centered Teaching: Foundations (3 hours)

EDSP 41123

Learner-Centered Teaching: Families (3 hours)

EDSP 41143

Learner-Centered Teaching: Management (3 hours)

EDEC 41153

Learner-Centered Teaching: Practicum (3 hours)

Senior II Spring Block

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 42213

Professional Induction: Curriculum for Diverse Learners (3 hours)

EDSP 40243

Professional Induction: Application of Special Education Processes and Programs (3 hours)

EDEC 42236

Professional Induction: Internship (6 hours)

Associated Requirements: 15 hours

EDUC 20003

Critical Investigations: Teaching and Learning

EDUC 30113

Introduction to Educational Technology

GEOG 10003

World Regional Geography

SPAN 10103

Spanish for Beginners

SPAN 10203

Spanish for Beginners 2

Electives: 4 hours

Total Semester Hours: 124 hours

Bilingual Generalist EC-4

TCU Core Curriculum: 39 hours

Major: 66 hours

EDUC 30143

Child Development

EDEC 30103

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Junior I Fall Block

EDUC 30123

Educational Psychology

EDSP 30603

Study of Exceptional Children

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30014

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Science (4 hours)

EDEC 30023

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Math (3 hours)

EDEC 30033

Scientific and Mathematical Thinking through Play and Creativity: Play and Creativity (3 hours)

Junior II Spring Block

EDEC 30203

Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 hours)

EDEC 30234

Developmentally Appropriate Pedagogy for Social Studies (4 hours)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 30213

Promoting Language and Literacy: Early Literacy/Literature (3 hours)

EDEC 30223

Promoting Language and Literacy: Elementary Language Arts/Literature (3 hours)

EDEC 30233

Promoting Language and Literacy: ESL (3 hours)

Senior I Fall Block

EDEC 30001

Professional Practice Seminar (1 hour)

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 41103

Learner-Centered Teaching: Assessment (3 hours)

EDEC 41113

Learner-Centered Teaching: Foundations (3 hours)

EDEC 41123

Learner-Centered Teaching: Families (3 hours)

EDEC 41143

Learner-Centered Teaching: Management (3 hours)

EDEC 41153

Learner-Centered Teaching: Practicum (3 hours)

Senior II Spring Block

Concurrent enrollment in:

EDEC 42213

Professional Induction: Curriculum for Diverse Learners (3 hours)

EDEC 42223

Professional Induction: ESL (3 hours)

EDEC 42236

Professional Induction: Internship (6 hours)

Associated Requirements: 12 hours

EDUC 20003

Critical Investigation: Teaching and Learning

EDUC 30113

Introduction to Educational Technology

GEOG 10003

World Regional Geography

EDUC 50213

Teaching in Bilingual/Crosscultural Schools

Electives: 7 hours

Total Semester Hours: 124 hours





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