Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts in Education

The early childhood education program provides preparation for teaching in four- and five-year kindergartens and in the primary grades (PK-3). A substantial portion of the curriculum consists of course work in the liberal arts to establish a broad educational background prior to the professional sequence of courses. The professional sequence provides content and direct opportunities for field clinical experience. The final experience is a semester-long student teaching assignment. 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
MATH U121College Algebra3
MATH U231Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I3
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
Natural Science:
Select any Natural Science course listed above or:3-4
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Environmental Science
Geology of the Southeast
III. Information Technology
Info. Tech.:
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Survey of Information Technology
Intro to Digital Studies
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Introduction to Southern Studies
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select one of the following: 13
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory Spanish I
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Principles of Microeconomics
American National Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Select any approved general education course or courses3
Professional Education
EDFO U200Teacher Education Colloquium0
EDFO U210Foundations of Education3
EDFO U333Educational Development of the Lifelong Learner3
EDFO U341Introduction to Exceptional Learners/ Special Education3
EDCI U300Resources and Technology in Teaching3
EDEC U349Creativity and Play3
EDEC U410Field Experience I in Early Childhood Education2
EDEC U420The Young Child: Behavior and Development in Early Childhood3
EDEC U422Survey of Early Childhood Education3
EDEC U424Parent and Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC U440Field Experience II in Early Childhood Education2
EDEC U445Language Acquisition and Communicative Skill3
EDEC U446Math for the Young Child3
EDEC U447Social Studies for the Young Child3
EDEC U448Science for the Young Child3
EDRE U414Emergent & Early Literacy I3
EDRE U416Emergent and Early Literacy II3
EDEC U468Early Childhood Education: Senior Seminar3
EDEC U469Student Teaching In Early Childhood Education12
EDEC U485Assessment in Diverse Classrooms3
Supporting Courses
MATH U232Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics II3
or MATH U233 Geometry and Measurement
EDRE U384Children's Literature3
EDHL U221Lifelong Health & Wellness3
PSYC U101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Hours122

The minimum acceptable level of competency is completion of the 101 level of a language. Students who place into the 102 or higher level of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have additional hours in general education electives, if hours are required by their degree program.

Final responsibility for satisfying degree requirements as outlined in the USC Upstate Academic Catalog rests with the student.