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Early Childhood Development


The Early Childhood Development Minor provides students with a multidisciplinary understanding of early childhood development and special education and prepares them for beginning level employment in early care and education (Birth to Age 5) or other early career positions where they engage with and support children and families. The program includes theory and a choice of field placement with children (from infancy through preschool) OR additional coursework that supports the students’ interests through a choice of electives that focus on topics, content, and/or skill development in different disciplines that can be applied to the students’ work with children and families.

Minor Requirements

20 credits

Group 1

EDUC 111 Issues in Early Childhood
EDSP 202 Development, Exceptionality, and Learning
EDUC 211 Infants, Toddlers, Families

Group 2

EDUC 314 Early Childhood Practicum 1: Curriculum (8 credits)


Choose two courses from the list below (other courses may be considered with approval by the Early Childhood Program)¹:

  • INPHYS 201 Phenomenal Science
  • IAMU 407 Teaching Music to Children
  • PSYC 211 Child and Adolescent Psychology or ISPSYC 312 Lifespan Psychology
  • SOC 234 Introduction to Social Work

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¹ The electives in Group 2 do NOT replace or otherwise serve as substitution for the requirement of completion of EDUC 314 Practicum I if a student decides to pursue the Early Childhood Major. EDUC 314 Practicum I must be completed for a student to pursue the major. A student may pursue the Early Childhood Development minor OR Early Childhood Development major, but not both. Students must meet eligibility requirements for courses as indicated by course descriptions or program guidelines (e.g., Decision Points). Some of the elective courses listed may have prerequisites.