Early Childhood Unified Program Details


Program Curriculum

The 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.


Degree Requirements

C&T 100Introduction to the Education Profession
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication
ENGL 101Composition
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing
GEOG 104Principles of Physical Geography
MATH 101Algebra

General Education

ANTH 160 or SOC 130Varieties of Human Experience or Comparative Societies *or approved study abroad experience
BIOL 100 & BIOL 102Principles of Biology Lecture & Lab
HIST 128History of U.S. Through Civil War
LING 106 or 110Introductory Linguistics or Language & Mind
Chemistry or Physics with LabSatisfied by: PHSX 111 & 116 or CHEM 110 or CHEM 125 if taken prior to Fall 2014 or CHEM 130.

Teacher Education (All courses EXCEPT C&T 235, SPED 261 and SPED 362) are only available after being admitted to the School of Education & Human Sciences.)

C&T 235 - Pre-AdmissionDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12.
SPED 261 - Pre-AdmissionFamily Professional Partnerships.
SPED 362 - Pre-AdmissionIntroduction to EC & ECSE.
C&T 344Children's Literature in the Elementary School.
MATH 109Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers.
EPSY 305Development and Learning of the Child.
SPED 650Curriculum & Methods in ECE.
C&T 322Curriculum and the Learner in Elementary School.
C&T 352Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades.
C&T 353Literacy Practicum in the Primary Grades.
HSES 341Instructional Strategies in Physical Education for Elementary Classroom Teachers.
SPED 665Inclusive Methods Preschool.
SPED 667Field Experience in Preschool.
SPED 446Professional Seminar I.
SPED 663Assessment Strategies.
C&T 330Instructional Approaches for ESOL Learners in the Elementary/Early Childhood Classroom.
EPSY 480Promoting Student Social Emotional Well Being.
C&T 347Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom.
C&T 349Science in the Elementary Classroom.
C&T 351Mathematics for the Elementary Classroom.
SPED 661Learners with Significant Challenges.
C&T 402Professional Learning Seminar II.
C&T 301Educational Technology in Elementary Middle Education.
C&T 490Student Teaching.
ELPS 537Governance and Organization of Schools.
SPED 506Advanced Practices for Children with Disabilities in the Elementary General Education Classroom.
C&T 403Professional Learning Seminar III.
MEMT 341 or VAE 341Instructional Strategies in Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers or Instructional Strategies in Art for Elementary Classroom Teachers.
SPED 439Student Teaching - birth to 5.
SPED 664Inclusive Infant/Toddler.
SPED 495Developing ECU Teaching Portfolio.

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


Program Curriculum Resources

Freshmen and transfer students will complete the KU Core Curriculum for general education requirements. Review the KU Academic Catalog or consult the program detail sheet for more comprehensive information on the required courses for the bachelor’s degree in unified early childhood education at KU.



Program Faculty

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Nicole Babalola
Associate Teaching Professor
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Barbara A Bradley
Professor, Reading Education, Elementary Education Program Coordinator
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Hyesun Cho
Associate Professor
Jaclyn Dudek
Jaclyn Dudek
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Teaching, Assistant Research Professor, Achievement & Assessment Institute
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Dorothy E. Hines
Associate Professor
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Karen Ann Jorgensen
Teaching Professor
Jennifer A. Kurth
Jennifer A. Kurth
Associate Professor
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Carrie L. La Voy
Teaching Professor
Suzanne Robinson
Suzanne Marie Robinson
Associate Professor
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Kwangok Song
Associate Professor
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Kelli Ruth Thomas
Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs
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Steven Hugh White
Associate Professor, Elementary Education - Social Studies
Kathleen N Zimmerman
Kathleen N Zimmerman
Assistant Professor