Dec 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Care and Learning, (B.P.S)

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The Early Care and Learning (ECL) emphasis provides a foundation for a career in working with young children (0-4) in early care and education and other applied settings.

Students who choose the ECL emphasis are expected to develop knowledge and skills in child development and learning, observation and assessment, pedagogy and research through classroom and field experiences. Students will be prepared for employment in a discipline working with children and families, and may pursue graduate training that leads to careers in education, academia, research, health professions, or social work.

For information on careers in this and other disciplines students should consult the Career Services Office located on the 4th Wilder Tower, 678-2239.

This Program DOES NOT lead to teacher licensure. Students interested in gaining a teaching license should contact the College of Education at 678-2728 or visit their website at:

General Education (35-41 hours)

Students must complete the 35-41 hours of general education requirements as outlined in the attached general education grid. Please refer to the General Education website at for specific requirements. Students with majors in University College are exempt from the History general education requirements if they completed one year of History in high school

Coordinated Study (51 hours)

Many upper-division (3000/4000-level) courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to being permitted to register for those courses. You are responsible for knowing and satisfying all course prerequisites. For specific information about courses and the prerequisites they may have, please view Course Descriptions at: Some (not all) pre-requisites are listed below.

Many courses also require permits from the department that teaches the course. For example, SWRK and CJUS courses will always need permits from those respective departments. University College staff cannot issue permits for courses taught in other departments. ALL 3000/4000 level classes taught by the College of Business (ACCT, ECON, FIR, MGMT, MKTG) require a permit; students must request a permit online at:

University College Requirements (9 hours)

Thematic Studies (6 hours)

Senior Project (3 hours)


May be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

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