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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs, BS

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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.

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (75 credits)

Content Courses (15 credits)

Maintain a minimum Content GPA of 2.80/4.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (40-44 credits)

Electives (1-5 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

16 Credits

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13 Credits

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A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass.  Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes.  In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option.  A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.

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 B- in HDFS 31000, 40500, 40600, 40800, 40900 and no grade lower than a C- in remaining professional education courses)

At least 32 credits of Purdue 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

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 


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