Jan 16, 2018
About the Program
If you have thought about working with young children with or without special needs or even directing educational child care programs, then the early childhood education and exceptional needs major is for you.
ECEEN students develop skills for working with typically developing children as well as children with exceptional needs and their families. Students are prepared to work with children from birth through 3rd grade.
Successful graduates of the program earn two teacher licenses in Indiana: Early Childhood Generalist and Exceptional Needs through grade 3. Through their degree and licensure program, students are prepared to work in early intervention programs; infant, toddler, or pre-kindergarten classrooms in schools and community programs; and early elementary regular and special education classrooms in public or private schools, kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Students receive hands-on experience at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School, in community schools and other early childhood programs as well as completing a semester as a student teacher in an early childhood program in a child development center or public or private school.
120 Credits Required
Major Requirements (73 credits)
Maintain a minimum Content GPA of 2.80/4.00
Professional Education Courses
Maintain a Professional Education GPA of 3.00/4.00 with no grade lower than a “C-” and no incompletes for any single professional education course.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (42 - 46 credits)
Electives (1 - 5 credits)
University Core Requirements
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
Spring 2nd Year
Professional Semester 1
Fall 3rd Year
Professional Semester 2
Spring 3rd Year
Professional Semester 3
Spring 4th Year
Professional Semester 4
Professional Education Semesters are sequential and must be completed in order
Teacher Education Requirements:
Overall GPA 2.8
Content Education Coursework: 2.8
Professional Education Coursework: 3.0 (no grade lower than a C)
At least 32 credits of coursework required at 300 level or higher to meet graduation requirements.
Minimum 2.80 grade point average required to qualify for admission to teacher education and student teaching.
Students must meet criteria for admission to the Teacher Education program.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:
American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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