Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Early Childhood Education (PK-4), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) - Liberal Studies

All candidates completing this program and student teaching are eligible to receive Pennsylvania certification after achieving a passing or qualifying score on Pennsylvania Department of Education required exam(s). If you are interested in teaching in another state, please contact the Department of Education in that state.

Related Links

Early Childhood Education, BSED Program Page

Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

GPA must be 2.8 or higher for Teacher Candidacy.

A 3.0 GPA and passing subject area assessment (PECT) or a 2.8 GPA and a qualifying passing subject area assessment (PECT) score (as determined by PDE) is required for certification.

Summary*

Liberal Studies Requirements45-46
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements70
Electives5

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

See Liberal Studies Guide for Goal and Enrichment choices

Goal Course Requirements
Basic Requirements
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
The Arts
Goal3
Global Community
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - Non-US3
Goal - US3
Human Institutions/Interpersonal Relationships
Goal3
Science, Technology & Math
In addition to courses listed below, select one Science Goal course. It must be from a different department other than Physics
PHYS 101Concepts of Science I with Lab3
Goal - Sci3
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
Challenges of the Modern Age
Goal3
Subtotal36
Enrichment Course Requirements
Select one course from three of the following Enrichment areas:9
Subtotal9
Total Hours45

Note

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3

Major Requirements

  • 35 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 35 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Early Childhood Education Courses
(Prior to Admittance into Teacher Candidacy Program)
ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice 13
ELEC 200Child Development Typical 13
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness 13
or DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children
SPED 121Overview of Special Education 13
Subtotal12
Diversity Block 2
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical 13
ELEC 237ELL Strategies and Practice for Early Childhood Education 13
ELEC 281Family and Community Diversity and Partnerships 13
Subtotal9
Early Literacy Block 2
ELEC 238Literacy Practices for the Emergent Learner, PK-1 13
ELEC 285Integrating Creative Expression through the Arts 13
Subtotal6
Early Childhood Major Courses
Must be admitted to Teacher Candidacy Program and have completed both Diversity and Literacy blocks above
Block 1
ELEC 311Mathematics & Literacy Teaching Lab Pre K - 4 11
ELEC 316Developmental Formal and Informal Assessments 13
ELEC 330Literacy Practices for the Developing Learner, Grades 2 - 4 13
ELEC 340Mathematics Methods and Strategies for PRE K - 4 Teachers 13
Subtotal10
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
Block 2 3
ELEC 420Early Childhood Field Experience 13
ELEC 480Assessment for Differentiation of Literacy Instruction 13
ELEC 460Instructional Strategies for Science and Technology 13
ELEC 470Social Studies & Citizenship 13
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners 13
Subtotal18
Other Required Coursework for Graduation
ELEC 348Leadership, Advocacy & Program Development 13
ELEC 455Student Teaching: Early Childhood 112
Subtotal15
Total Hours70

Important Information

Prerequisites for Admission to Teacher Candidacy

Grades below a “C” are not admissible.

Basic Courses
ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice3
ELEC 200Child Development Typical3
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical3
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Math Requirement for BS in Education
Prior to Admission to Teacher Candidacy
MATH 210Elementary Mathematics I3
MATH 310Elementary Mathematics II3
Total Hours21

BSED Early Childhood PK-4 Grade Requirement

Grades in each of the following courses must be “C” or better to qualify for Student Teaching and/or Graduation

ELEC 100Early Childhood Education Theory & Practice3
ELEC 200Child Development Typical3
ELEC 230Field-Based Child Development Typical3
ELEC 237ELL Strategies and Practice for Early Childhood Education3
ELEC 238Literacy Practices for the Emergent Learner, PK-13
ELEC 281Family and Community Diversity and Partnerships3
ELEC 285Integrating Creative Expression through the Arts3
ELEC 311Mathematics & Literacy Teaching Lab Pre K - 41
ELEC 316Developmental Formal and Informal Assessments3
ELEC 330Literacy Practices for the Developing Learner, Grades 2 - 43
ELEC 340Mathematics Methods and Strategies for PRE K - 4 Teachers3
ELEC 348Leadership, Advocacy & Program Development3
ELEC 420Early Childhood Field Experience3
ELEC 455Student Teaching: Early Childhood12
ELEC 460Instructional Strategies for Science and Technology3
ELEC 470Social Studies & Citizenship3
ELEC 480Assessment for Differentiation of Literacy Instruction3
PE 243Educational Movement in Health & Wellness3
or DANC 223 Creative Dance for Children
SPED 121Overview of Special Education3
SPED 350Universal Intervention3
SPED 360Targeted Instructional and Behavioral Interventions for Neuro-Diverse Learners3

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - BSED (1100)
Pre K - 4 Certification
This program is effective as of Fall 2020
Revised 10.23.20
UCC 10.13.20