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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 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, young children with 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.

Students complete a program that prepares them to apply for teacher licensure in Indiana as Early Childhood Generalist and Exceptional Needs through grade 3. Through their degree and licensure program, students are prepared to work in early intervention programs, pre-kindergarten classrooms in schools and community programs, and early childhood 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, public or private school.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 credits

Early Childhood Education & Exceptional Needs Core (University Foundational Learning Outcomes) (14-18 credits)

Written Communication

select from University list

Oral Communication

select from University list

Behavior/Social Science

Quantitative Reasoning

Science, Technology & Society

select from University list (IF STAT 11300  is selected for other requirements, this requirement is fulfilled)

Electives 2-6 credits


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. Complete information and requirements are listed at

At least 32 credits of coursework required at 300 level or higher to meet graduation requirements

120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List

Program Requirements

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

13 Credits

16 Credits

13 Credits

16 Credits

120 Total Credits


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)

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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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