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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 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 78 to 80
  • Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
The bachelor of applied science degree in early childhood studies (ECS) is designed to prepare knowledgeable and skilled professionals in the field of early childhood studies. The program equips its graduates with developmentally appropriate skills for supporting the development of the child’s intellectual, communication, socio-emotional, physical, and personality domains. Compelling current research in the field of child development and education emphasizes the importance of early investment in quality programming for young children and families. The recognition of “critical periods” has altered the landscape of best practices in early years and hence the required competencies for professionals serving young children and their families. Concentrating on the ages 0-5 years provides students an opportunity to delve deeper into the growing plethora of interdisciplinary literature and resources available to the early childhood field. At the core of the major is the focus on quality services and programing for young children and families. The ECS major utilizes a comprehensive approach to equipping students with knowledge in the foundation of child development and well-being, drawing from the fields of infant and early childhood mental health, interpersonal neurobiology, early childhood education, and early childhood special education. The major also aims to equip students with developmentally appropriate practices for nurturing curiosity and facilitating the development of creativity and appreciation of the arts in children. In addition to a host of core early childhood studies courses and liberal education requirements, students either select a minor or recommended interdisciplinary electives offered by the early childhood program or other disciplines in the university. This program also offers a clearer path to graduate studies in related fields.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
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
Introductory Course (1 cr)
This course will be waived for transfer students with 24 credits taken post-high school or students who change to CEHSP from a collegiate unit where it is not required. Register course for one credit.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Admission Requirements (9 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)
Requirements (41 cr)
ASL 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I [LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN] (3.0 cr)
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 4009 - Leadership in Early Childhood Studies (3.0 cr)
ECH 4010 - Infant and Early Childhood Perceptual and Psychomotor Development (2.0 cr)
ECH 4400 - Professional Development Seminar (1.0 cr)
EDUC 1100 - Human Diversity [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
ENED 4565 - Young Children, Nature, and Sustainability [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (3.0 cr)
SPED 3103 - Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs (4.0 cr)
SPED 3105 - Young Children with Special Needs: Ages Three-Eight (4.0 cr)
SPED 3109 - Supporting Social/Emotional Development Birth-8 (3.0 cr)
EDUC 3340 - Interacting with Diverse Families (3.0 cr)
or SOC 1201 - Sociology of the Family [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
Childhood Field Placement (6 cr)
Expected 20 hours per week off campus internship in early childhood programs.
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Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ECH 3950 - Guided Observations in Diverse Settings: Birth-Age Eight (1.0-6.0 cr)
Advanced Writing (3 cr)
WRIT 3140 - Advanced Writing: Human Services (3.0 cr)
Minor or Supporting Courses (18 - 20 cr)
A minor in OR course at the 3xxx level or above in the following departments: African/African American studies, communication, deaf studies, environmental & outdoor education, journalism, music, psychology, public health, social work, sociology, special education, theatre or women, or gender & sexuality studies.
Take 18 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
· Minor and Supporting Courses
 
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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.
ASL 2001 - Beginning American Sign Language I (LE CAT3, LECD CAT03, COMM & LAN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to basic vocabulary in American Sign Language and the fingerspelling alphabet. prereq: Credit will not be granted if already received for CSD 2001.
ECH 3050 - Observing Early Relationships in Infants and Toddlers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & 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 or Early Childhood Studies
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 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
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
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
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.
ENED 4565 - Young Children, Nature, and Sustainability (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Focus on education for sustainability in an early childhood (infant-preschool age) context. Study of rational for merging education for sustainability and early childhood education, as well as recommended practices and possibilities for doing so. Also emphasized are skills for developing and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experience that support health development of young children and further education for sustainability goals. prereq: ENED 2300, ENED 4555, no grad credit
HLTH 1470 - Human Nutrition (LE CAT5, NAT SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on chemical nature of dietary nutrients, physiological and metabolic aspects of human nutrition, effects of diet on human health, interpretation of nutrition informatics, and global issues in health and nutrition.
SPED 3103 - Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01442
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & 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
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 3109 - Supporting Social/Emotional Development Birth-8
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
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
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.
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.
ECH 3950 - Guided Observations in Diverse Settings: Birth-Age Eight
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This is a field-based capstone supervised experience for students pursuing the Early Childhood Studies (ECS) Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. The purpose of this internship experience is to provide students with an opportunity to observe and apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom, to the actual workplace. With faculty guidance, students will be placed in one of several possible early childhood settings. A suitable placement will be determined based on an individual student's interest, and will be also aligned with their minor and electives courses taken. The internship will be supervised by a faculty, in collaboration with an identified mentor working in the respective placement. The student's internship engagement will range from reflective observations to actual work that demonstrates strong theoretical application of knowledge and skills gained through course work. As a capstone experience, the internship aims to give the student an edge in launching into the workforce. pre-req: Capstone experience undertaken upon coursework completion and department consent
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. pre-req: 1) WRIT 1120 or MNTC completed 2) minimum 60 credits earned