2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 21, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3), B.A.E.

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This major satisfies the educational requirements for South Carolina certification in early childhood education in grades PreK-3. Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in all early childhood foundation courses, major requirements; and all courses in English, mathematics, science, and social studies required as specified to meet the basic academic core for graduation. Students should plan carefully with their advisers since some courses have prerequisites and are limited to specific semesters. Students may not participate in courses designated with the education/early childhood prefix (EDEC) until after being admitted to the professional program in teacher education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the requirements for a degree in early childhood education (PreK-3) will be able to:

  1. Apply content and pedagogical knowledge to the teaching and learning process for students in the PreK-3 grades.
  2. Provide early learning environments supported by technology.
  3. Demonstrate through differentiated instruction fair treatment of students based on each child’s educational needs.
  4. Analyze student performance to improve instruction.
  5. Demonstrate professional behaviors and dispositions.
  6. Collaborate with families and communities to support the learning of all young children in the classroom.

Degree Requirements (120+ Credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (3-6+ Credits) *  

Early Childhood Foundation Courses (32 Credits) *

Minimum grade of ‘C’ is required

Humanistic Concepts

Complete the following courses:

Scientific Concepts

Choose two from the following:


* Course credit hours only count once toward the total university graduation credit hour requirements. Click on Credit Sharing  for more information.

Electives (0-4 Credits)

Total Credits Required: 120+

+ Students are advised to be aware that strict adherence to the prescribed courses as recommended by their advisers is necessary for graduation with 120 credit hours. If students cannot or do not follow the recommended courses, more than 120 credit hours will be necessary for meeting all program requirements.

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