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Unified Early Childhood Education

Unified Early Childhood Program Curriculum

The KU Unified Early Childhood teacher education program curriculum is built on the belief that it is critical for KU students to not only gain a broad-based teacher education preparation, but to supplement that education with hands-on practical experience in the field. This powerful combination allows our students to excel in any classroom environment. Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the Academic Catalog or consult the new program detail sheet (pdf) for more comprehensive information.

Admission Requirements (Prerequisite Courses)

C&T 100: Introduction to the Education Profession

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication

ENGL 101: Composition

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

GEOG 104: Principles of Geography

MATH 101: College Algebra

General Education (Required Courses)

BIOL 100 & 102: Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab

HIST 128: History of U.S. through Civil War

LING 106: Introductory Linguistics

PHSX 111 & 116: Introduction to Physics Lecture & Lab (or CHEM 110: Introductory Chemistry)

ANTH 160: Varieties of the Human Experience (or an approved study abroad experience)

Program Requirements (Teacher Education Courses)

C&T 235: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in K-12

SPED 261: Families & Professional Partnerships

SPED 362: Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood

C&T 322: Curriculum & Learner in Elementary School

C&T 344: Children's literature in the Elementary School

MATH 109: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

SPED 650: Constructing Early Child Curriculum

C&T 352 & 353: Literacy Instruction & Practicum in the Primary Grades

ELPS 301: Educational Technology in Elementary/Middle School

HSES 341: Physical Education for Elementary Teachers

MEMT 341: Instructional Strategies in Music for Elementary Classrooms (or VAE 341: Instructional Strategies in Art for Elementary Classrooms)

SPED 665: Inclusive Strategies & Interventions Preschool

EPSY 305: Development & Learning of the Young Child

C&T 330: Instructional Approaches for ESOL Learners

C&T 347: Social Studies for Elementary Classroom

C&T 349: Science for Elementary Classroom

C&T 351: Mathematics for Elementary Classroom

SPED 446: Professional Learning Seminar

C&T 402: Professional Learning Seminar II

C&T 403: Professional Learning Seminar III

SPED 663: Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood

EPSY 480: Social, Emotional & Well-Being of Students in Schools

ELPS 537: Governance & Organization

SPED 506: Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities

SPED 661: Supporting Children with significant Learning & Behavioral Challenges

SPED 664: Inclusive Strategies & Intervention Infants/Toddlers

C&T 490: Student Teaching (K-3)

SPED 439: Student Teaching (Pre-School)

SPED 667: Field Experience in Preschool

SPED 495: Developing ECU Teaching Portfolio

Please note: This is only a potential plan of study. Consult with your academic advisor before enrolling.

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