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Unified Early Childhood Studies B.A.Sc.

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College of Education and Human Service Professions
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 134 to 135
  • Required credits within the major: 109 to 110
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Virginia, MN. A collaboration between MRCTC and UMD resulted in the creation of several lower division courses at Mesabi designed to meet identified licensure standards and to transfer to UMD. Students interested in early childhood licensure were advised to take these courses as electives in the MRCTC's Associate of Arts curriculum. These students are now eligible to apply for admission to the UMD licensure program. The intent of the plan for off-site delivery was to provide a program in the communities in which the students lived, where they wanted to eventually work, and where the early childhood teachers are needed. The courses would be partially internet delivered to provide flexibility in the delivery of the program, and to ease access constraints for students who would commute from Iron Range communities other than Virginia. The combined face-to-face and online model limits enrollment to UMD's traditional service region.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
The unified early childhood studies program and licensures include interdisciplinary curricula that prepare students for work in a variety of settings with children of diverse ability levels, from birth through age eight. Graduates find employment in public schools, community and private preschool programs, early primary grades in elementary schools, programs for children ages birth through six with identified disabilities or delays, home and center-based child care, and Head Start programs. All students complete a common core of courses in child development, parent-child relations, early childhood curriculum and programming, early childhood special education, community resources, and educational leadership and program administration. The unified early childhood studies major leads to Minnesota licensure in early childhood education (birth through grade three) and early childhood special education. International student teaching placements are available.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 54 credits before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.70 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.70 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.70 transferring from outside the University
Students admitted as pre-unified early childhood (UECH) majors must apply for candidacy after completion of required lower division courses. The number of students admitted is based on availability of suitable programs for practicum experience. Students entering UECH programs are bound by the policies in effect at the time of application; admission is based on criteria established by the Dept of Educ, consistent with MN policies established by the Council for the Accreditation of Educ Prep (CAEP). Candidates selected on minimum GPA 2.70 cumulative & transfer, personal written statement, MTLE Basic Skills Test for licensure or passing scores on ACT + Writing or SAT Exam, demonstrated commitment to working with children, 3 letters from professional who have observed student working with children, minimum supervised 60 hour past 2 yrs, C- or better in major required courses. Students apply fall of their sophomore year; transfer students may be admitted with advanced standing.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Introductory Course (1 cr)
This course will be waived for transfer students or students who change colleges from a college where it is not required. Register course for one credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Lower Division (21 - 22 cr)
ECH 2010 - Foundational Issues in Early Childhood Studies (3.0 cr)
ECH 2015 - Literature for Young Children (3.0 cr)
ECH 2025 - Educating the Human Brain [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
EDUC 1100 - Human Diversity [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
EDUC 1101 - Education in Modern Society [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
EDUC 1000 - Human Development (3.0 cr)
or PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
SOC 1201 - Sociology of the Family [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
or EDUC 3340 - Interacting with Diverse Families (3.0 cr)
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1. Compliance with general regulations governing granting of degrees. Students are required to review their degree status in the CEHSP Advising & Academic Services Office early in their senior year. 2. Recommendations for licensure are based on successful completion of all program-related courses; demonstration of satisfactory outcomes required by the program; acceptable performance in field experiences, including student teaching; and successful completion of all tests required by the Board of Teaching. 3. Students must obtain personal liability insurance while working in programs. 4. Students are expected to: a) make satisfactory progress each semester, including grades of C- or better in all courses required in the major; b) demonstrate acceptable professional performance in applied learning settings (e.g., laboratory, field experiences, clinical experiences); c) obtain an approved background check before being placed in clinical, field, intern, or student teaching experiences; and d) mandatory advising with a UECH faculty advisor. Students who do not meet program expectations can be dismissed from the major. Details on these requirements are available from the department office.
Upper Division Requirements (11 cr)
CSD 3130 - Language Development and Disorders (4.0 cr)
EDUC 2000 - Technology for Teaching and Learning (3.0 cr)
SPED 4433 - Foundations in Special Education (4.0 cr)
Advanced Writing Requirement (3 cr)
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
Block 1 (14 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. ECH 4400 is taken in both Block 1 and Block 3 for a total of 2 credits.
ECH 3050 - Observing Early Relationships in Infants and Toddlers (4.0 cr)
ECH 3055 - Creative Expressions and Emergent Literacy: Birth - Age 8 (4.0 cr)
ECH 3104 - Family Partnerships (1.0 cr)
ECH 4400 - Professional Development Seminar (1.0 cr)
SPED 3103 - Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (4.0 cr)
Block 2 (15 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently.
ECH 4010 - Infant and Early Childhood Perceptual and Psychomotor Development (2.0 cr)
SPED 3105 - Young Children with Special Needs: Ages Three-Eight (4.0 cr)
SPED 3106 - Working with Young Children with Low Incidence Disabilities (4.0 cr)
SPED 3109 - Supporting Social/Emotional Development Birth-8 (3.0 cr)
SPED 3205 - Foundations in Early Childhood Assessment (2.0 cr)
Block 3 (19 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. ECH 4400 is taken in both Block 1 and Block 3 for a total of 2 credits.
ECH 3021 - Teaching Mathematics: Birth-Age Eight (4.0 cr)
ECH 3022 - Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening (4.0 cr)
ECH 3030 - Inquiry, Social Studies, and Science Learning: Birth-Age Eight (5.0 cr)
ECH 3060 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children (3.0 cr)
ECH 4400 - Professional Development Seminar (1.0 cr)
IESE 3326 - Advanced Literacy & Language: Designing & Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Program (2.0 cr)
Block 4 (12 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. Application for student teaching must be made by the 4th Friday of the semester before student teaching. Applications are available from the Dept of Educ website. Incompletes must be cleared before filing application. Students must have grades of C- or better in all required courses in the major to be eligible for student teaching. ECH 4600 register for 9 credits.
ECH 4600 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood/Primary (3.0-12.0 cr)
ECH 4610 - Professional Issues Seminar in Early Childhood Education (1.0 cr)
SPED 3206 - Methods of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education (2.0 cr)
Block 5 (13 cr)
All courses must be taken concurrently. SPED 4600 register for 9 credits.
ECH 4009 - Leadership in Early Childhood Studies (3.0 cr)
SPED 4600 - Student Teaching (1.0-12.0 cr)
SPED 4610 - Professional Issues (1.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Virginia
The requirements for the program at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College (MRCTC) are the same as the UMD on-campus degree. Students are admitted with an associate degree or courses that transfer to UMD's liberal education program. A UMD faculty member is assigned as a cohort adviser and travels to MRCTC at least once a semester; other advising is accomplished via e-mail.
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
ECH 2010 - Foundational Issues in Early Childhood Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical and cultural perspectives of Early Childhood Studies. Theoretical models for the education of young children from birth through age eight will be addressed through professional exploration. Methods for facilitating child development as well as strategies for collaborating with families and communities will be discussed. Practicum experience with young children will provide a hands-on experience for the students.
ECH 2015 - Literature for Young Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces professionals who work with children from birth through age eight to literature for young children. Criteria for selecting book and non-book materials will be presented, discussed and utilized when examining, selecting, and reading such materials. Strategies for sharing the books and non-book materials with children and for integrating the materials into day care, preschool, and primary settings will be explored.
ECH 2025 - Educating the Human Brain (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues related to early brain development and the biological underpinnings of early emotional and cognitive development. A biological view of attachment and social vulnerability.
EDUC 1100 - Human Diversity (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, physical, socially constructed, and psychological differences in people. Social, political, and economic implications of human diversity in modern society. Practicum in community agency.
EDUC 1101 - Education in Modern Society (LE CAT7, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Survey of educational institutions and practices used in different sectors of society. Historical and philosophical foundations of American education.
EDUC 1000 - Human Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Patterns and theories of development from conception through late adulthood emphasizing early childhood through adolescence; analysis of individual, family, and environmental factors which affect development over the life span.
PSY 2021 - Developmental Psychology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major processes in human development, conception through lifespan; biological and cultural influences on physical-motor, cognitive, social, and emotional development; effects of diverse cultural traditions and values; social policy implications.
SOC 1201 - Sociology of the Family (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The family as a basic social institution: similarities and variations in family systems, their interrelationships with other institutions, and patterns of continuity and change.
EDUC 3340 - Interacting with Diverse Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01705 - Educ 3340/5340
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Issues relating to working with and advocating for families from diverse backgrounds and/or with diverse needs. Emphasis on linguistically diverse families, immigrant families, families headed by single parents, members with a disability and families headed by lesbian/gay parents. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for EDUC 5340.
CSD 3130 - Language Development and Disorders
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Normal processes of language development in children. Incidence, etiology, diagnosis, and intervention strategies for children with language disorders. prereq: Admitted to UECH program, or instructor consent
EDUC 2000 - Technology for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Using technology tools to enhance student learning in kindergarten through grade 6, including interactive whiteboards, tablet computers, other technology tools. Creating, teaching and assessing lessons; differentiating instruction with technology. prereq: minimum 12 credits
SPED 4433 - Foundations in Special Education
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01458 - SpEd 4433/5433
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of children with disabilities. Special emphasis will be placed on characteristics of exceptional children; the legal aspects of educating students with disabilities; and assessment, instructional, and collaborative strategies. Practicum. prereq: Min 45 cr, postbac grad or sped minor, no grad credit
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing tasks in education as well as other fields related to the human service professions. Designed to prepare students to master their use of Edited Standard Written English while producing professional documents, including a major research project with an oral presentation. Assignments focus on audience, purpose, and the process of writing as they relate to the workplace. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study and practice of writing tasks in science, including oral presentations. Exploration of rhetorical situations in professional practice, including research methods, document design, editing, effective collaboration, and ethical issues in the production of professional documents, such as instructions, lab reports, proposals, short and long reports, and career documents. prereq: WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed and minimum 60 credits
ECH 3050 - Observing Early Relationships in Infants and Toddlers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Observing, recording, and guiding behaviors in children from birth through age eight. Focuses on informal methods for observation. Practicum is required. Use of technology for behavioral observation. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
ECH 3055 - Creative Expressions and Emergent Literacy: Birth - Age 8
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exploration of developmentally appropriate methods and materials for the integration of art, music and movement experiences ages birth-age 8. An emphasis on using the arts to support development of concept of print, the alphabet, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, comprehension, motivation, and other literacy skills. This course will involve some field work. prereq: Admission to the UECh program
ECH 3104 - Family Partnerships
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Practicum experience in which students partner with a young child and their family. Through this experience, students practice advocacy skills, integrate theory in early childhood, and observe children in the context of the family. prereq: Admission to the UECh program
ECH 4400 - Professional Development Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Professional development through documentation, reflection, synthesis of learning as related to standards. Development of process and product portfolios. Presentation of and dialogue about emergent learning. prereq: admitted to UECH program; no grad credit
SPED 3103 - Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01442 - SpEd 3103/5103
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Causation and development of disabling conditions in infants and toddlers. Effective intervention techniques in a variety of settings involving interagency collaboration and family involvement. Practicum. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
ECH 4010 - Infant and Early Childhood Perceptual and Psychomotor Development
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Issues related to typical and atypical perceptual and psychomotor development in children from birth to age eight will be examined. The interaction of the mover with the contextual features of the environment and the demands of the movement task will provide an opportunity to explore developmentally appropriate methods and materials for the integration of physical activities and movement for children's overall growth. prereq: Admitted to UECH program, no grad credit
SPED 3105 - Young Children with Special Needs: Ages Three-Eight
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01443 - SpEd 3105/5105
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Identification, assessment, and classification of young children with special needs. Effective intervention techniques for use in a variety of settings, emphasizing integration and teaming strategies. Practicum. prereq: instructor consent
SPED 3106 - Working with Young Children with Low Incidence Disabilities
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Skills and information useful in the provision of quality services for young children with low incidence disabilities. Class sessions and field-based experiences will address supporting young children with low incidence disabilities. prereq: Admitted to UECH program
SPED 3109 - Supporting Social/Emotional Development Birth-8
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Provides information needed to evaluate and implement behavior change programs that are appropriate for young children who exhibit challenging behaviors. A key element will be functional behavioral assessment procedures and a range of preventative behavioral interventions. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
SPED 3205 - Foundations in Early Childhood Assessment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01444 - SpEd 3205/5205
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides information about informal and formal assessment properties and their application. Included is information about statistical properties inherent in norm referenced tests, the exploration of criterion referenced test, and discussion of informal assessment strategies such as observation and portfolio work. This course is a prerequisite to SPED 3206 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education Assessment. prereq: Admitted to UECH program
ECH 3021 - Teaching Mathematics: Birth-Age Eight
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Development and instruction in play-based and problem-based mathematics in birth to age 8 settings. Methods, materials, and research findings related to teaching of mathematics. Practicum required. prereq: Admitted to UECH program
ECH 3022 - Literacy for Young Children: Teaching Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Prepares professionals who work with children from birth to age eight to introduce and teach developmentally appropriate skills and strategies related to reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Course assignments will be linked to practicum experiences. Practicum required. prereq: Admitted to UECH program
ECH 3030 - Inquiry, Social Studies, and Science Learning: Birth-Age Eight
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exploratory and socially sensitive environments for children from birth through age 8; inquiry, physical knowledge, social processes in children's play; planning, implementing, evaluating culturally and developmentally appropriate science and social studies learning experiences; integrated, thematic curricula and use of technology to enhance learning. Practicum required. prereq: admitted to UECH program; must be taken either after or concurrently with ECH 4011 and SpEd 3105
ECH 3060 - Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Provides Unified Early Childhood Education students with knowledge and skills to teach a variety of young diverse learners. The different groups the course will target include children learning English as a second language, urban, rural, gifted, and talented learners. prereq: admitted to UECH program
ECH 4400 - Professional Development Seminar
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Professional development through documentation, reflection, synthesis of learning as related to standards. Development of process and product portfolios. Presentation of and dialogue about emergent learning. prereq: admitted to UECH program; no grad credit
IESE 3326 - Advanced Literacy & Language: Designing & Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Program
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Second in a sequence of three literacy courses, this course is designed to prepare teacher candidates to create and implement comprehensive and scientifically based literacy instruction in elementary school classrooms. prereq: Admission to IESE program and successful completion of Blocks One and Two courses and associated field experiences; credit will not be granted if already received for ELED 3326
ECH 4600 - Student Teaching in Early Childhood/Primary
Credits: 3.0 -12.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of skills, understanding, and knowledge related to working with children from birth through age eight. prereq: Admitted to UECH program or post bac per instructor consent; no grad credit
ECH 4610 - Professional Issues Seminar in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Reflections on current issues and ethical dilemmas in field of early childhood education, birth through age eight; preparation for professional job-seeking and interviewing. prereq: admitted to UECH program; no grad credit
SPED 3206 - Methods of Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is the second of two assessment courses in the ECSE licensure requirements. The course expands and builds upon the Foundations of ECSE Assessment (SPEC 3205). In the course students practice administration and implementation of norm-and criterion-referenced assessment tools for young children. Further, participants practice developing assessment reports and corresponding Individualized Family Service Plans (IIFSP) and Individualized Education Plans (IEP). prereq: admitted to UECH program
ECH 4009 - Leadership in Early Childhood Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develops knowledge and competencies in the area of educational leadership, including development and administration of early childhood programs, professionalism, ethics and social policy. prereq: Admission to UECh program; no grad credit
SPED 4600 - Student Teaching
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Observational, evaluative, and instructional experience with students with disabilities in K-12 settings. pre-req: Successful completion of Block Four, which is Student Teaching in a general education setting, or postbac or instructor consent. No grad credit. prereq: Successful completion of Block Four, which is Student eaching in a general education setting or postbac or instructor consent; no grad credit
SPED 4610 - Professional Issues
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reflections on current issues and ethical dilemmas in the field of early childhood special education, birth through age eight. prereq: No grad credit