Nov 28, 2022  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 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.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 credits

Required Courses in Other Departments (41-46 credits)

Electives (1-6 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

Fall 1st Year

16 Credits

Spring 1st Year

16 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

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)

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

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