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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.

Sample Plan of Study

Freshman Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 100: Introduction to the Education Profession

GEOG 104/105: Principles of Geography Lecture & Lab

ENGL 101: Composition

MATH 101: College Algebra

UNIV 101: Freshman Seminar

COMS 130: Speaker-Audience Communication

ENGL 102: Critical Reading & Writing

MATH 105: Introduction to Topics in Mathematics

PSYC 104: General Psychology

SPED 261: Families & Professional Partnerships

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

ANTH 160: Non-Western Social Science Requirement

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

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

SPED 362: Introduction to the Discipline of Early Childhood

English Topics Requirement

Social Responsibility Requirement

C&T 322: Curriculum & Learner in Elementary School

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

EPSY 305: Development & Learning of the Young Child

MATH 109: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I

LING 106: Introductory Linguistics

SPED 650: Constructing Early Child Curriculum

Junior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester (+ summer)

C&T 352: Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades

C&T 353: Literacy Practicum in the Primary Grades

ELPS 301: Educational Technology in Elementary/Middle School

MATH 110: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II

SPED 665: Inclusive Strategies & Interventions Preschool

SPED 667: Field Experience in Preschool

HSES 341: Physical Education for Elementary Teachers

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

HSES 260: Personal & Community Health

MEMT 341: Instructional Strategies in Music

Senior Year

Fall Semester Spring Semester

C&T 490: Student Teaching

ELPS 537: Governance & Organization

SPED 506: Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities

SPED 490: Student Teaching

SPED 663: Assessment Strategies in Early Childhood

SPED 664: Inclusive Strategies & Intervention Infants/Toddlers

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

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Alumni have been named Kansas Teacher of the Year
Alumni have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and the Horizon Award
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