Early Childhood Education Studies degree overview

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education Studies

If you would like to earn an Early Childhood Education degree in Arizona, our program provides dual certification in special education and early childhood education.

About Our Early Childhood Education Program

As an Early Childhood Education major, you will gain the knowledge, competencies, methods, communication skills and sensitivity to be a highly effective teacher of students from birth to 8 years old. Our bachelor's degree program can deepen your understanding of early childhood and special education through participation in methods courses, professional education courses, and field experiences and observations. Our Early Childhood Education courses can help you develop critical-thinking skills, awareness of cultural diversity, and knowledge of the social and political contexts of education.

New Arizona teacher certification requirements specify that all teachers must be highly qualified in early childhood development in order to teach students from birth to 8 years old.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and would like to earn your Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education, contact an admissions representative from Ottawa University today!

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

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For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Early Childhood Education Major Courses

Early Childhood Foundations | ECE 30100
Course provides the student with a knowledge base of the history, theory, philosophies, and foundations of early childhood education (Birth - Age 8). Course also provides students with foundational knowledge regarding issues surrounding early childhood special education. Students examine family, community, and cultural influences on development of the young child and consider trends and threats to relationships and cultural identity. Topics also include the roles and responsibilities for the Early Childhood Education professional, integrating the influences of history and philosophy with an emphasis on issues of professionalism, ethics, and program types.

Child Development and Learning | ECE 30200
Examination of age-appropriate physical, cognitive, adaptive, language, social/emotional and motor development of children prenatal to age eight years. Course explores both typical and atypical development and includes the importance of sensory and temperament awareness. Overview of public health, safety, and nutritional needs and physical well-being of young children birth to 8 years old is explored. Consideration of public health issues and safety procedures within early childhood settings is also examined.

Early Childhood Typical/Atypical Quality Practices | ECE 30300
Overview of the exceptional learner (birth to age 8), one who differs from the average or the norm, with emphasis on observation, techniques, characteristics, identification, interventions, and programming. Topics include ethics, referral and reporting procedures, and collaboration with families and other professionals. Students learn about applicable federal and state laws and requirements for providing services to children with special needs including, but not limited to, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Individualized Family Service Plans, Individualized Education Plans, and 504 Plans.

Early Childhood Social and Emotional Development | ECE 30400
Overview of social and emotional development in the young child birth to age eight. Course provides research-based indicators for guiding young children in early care and a variety of education environments as it relates to child guidance and management of social and emotional behaviors. Course provides content knowledge of the exceptional learner birth to age eight who differs from the norm with emphasis on
observation, characteristics, strategies, identification, as well as process and programs to assist young children with challenging behavior. Course includes observations, screening and assessment of children birth to age 8 who may have behavioral challenges compared to same aged peers.

Early Childhood Math & Science Methods | ECE 30503
Course provides scope and sequence methods for teaching and learning math and science for students who are considered both regular education and students with special education needs birth to age eight. This course provides in-depth study of brain-compatible learning experiences, designing curriculum units, and differentiating instruction for all students. Topics include use of knowledge and application skills to design a curriculum unit for a specific subject and age/grade level. Use of technology will be integrated into the
course curriculum with an emphasis on linking objectives to developmentally appropriate practices (NAEYC, Common Core, and INTASC National Standards).

Early Childhood SS & Art Methods | ECE 30506
Course provides scope and sequence methods for teaching and learning social studies and the arts for students who are considered both regular education and students with special education needs birth to age eight. This course provides in-depth study of brain-compatible learning experiences, designing curriculum units, and differentiating instruction for all students. Topics include use of knowledge and application skills to design a curriculum unit for a specific subject and age/grade level. Use of technology will be integrated into the course curriculum with an emphasis on linking objectives to developmentally appropriate practices (NAEYC, Common Core, and INTASC National Standards).

EC Assessment and Monitoring | ECE 30600
Students learn the federal and state laws regarding the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), rules and regulations regarding child find, identification, and evaluation of your children birth to age eight who may need special education services. Students examine the eligibility criteria for a young child to receive special education services under federal and state laws. Students are provided practice in screening, evaluation, and progress monitoring of a young child using a variety of developmentally appropriate instruments and practices. Focus is on writing an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) linked to evaluation results. Students explore using informal/formal and on-going progress monitoring assessments to evaluate children’s progress (with and without disabilities) and report this information to parents/guardians/caregivers.

Early Literacy and Reading Methods | ECE 30700
Course looks at research in language and literacy development, with an emphasis on effective strategies such as phonemic awareness and decoding in ages birth to age 8. Other topics include specific strategies and methods to assist the challenged learner.

SEI Methods for ELL II | EDU 44033
Course will examine the format and alignment of ELL Proficiency Standards to the Arizona Language Arts Academic Standards. It will also analyze and apply disaggregated data to differentiate instruction as well as integrate diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments for ELLs. In addition, the course will describe the legal, historical and educational reasons for SEI. The course will further identify and use multiple strategies to improve student achievement by integrating: 1. comprehensible input; 2. ongoing, specific and immediate feedback; 3. grouping structures and techniques; 4.. building background and vocabulary development; and 5. integrating student engagement. It will also identify the socio-cultural influences on ELLs such as Language shift, identity issues, and the role of culture in learning.

Issues in Education | ECU 49004
Reviews literature on a current issue in education. Develop an annotated bibliography and write a summary of findings.

Arizona Constitution | HPS 30151
Overview of Arizona’s history and constitution from territorial days to the present.

United States Constitution | HPS 30251
Overview of the history of the United States Constitution to establish a foundation of understanding.


For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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