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Lake Superior State University

Early Childhood Education: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


This four-year program leads to a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in early childhood education. It is for students interested in working with young children from birth to age eight. Students are expected to acquire an understanding of the developmental pattern of the young child in such areas as cognition, emotion, social interaction and physical growth. This understanding will be the basis for working with groups of children and will culminate in a practicum.

A total of 124 credits is required.



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Early Childhood Education

Departmental Requirements

  • CHLD101 Foundations of Early Childhood Education 3
  • CHLD105 Child Guidance & Welfare 3
  • CHLD110 Curriculum Development and Teaching Practices 3
  • CHLD111 Infants & Toddlers: Developmentally Appropriate Practices 3
  • CHLD220 Early Childhood Literature 3
  • CHLD260 Practicum I 4
  • CHLD261 Practicum II 4
  • CHLD270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3
  • CHLD340 Practicum III: Field Experiences 4
  • CHLD420 Emergent Literacy 3
  • CHLD430 Directed Studies in Early Childhood Education 4

Support Courses

  • ARTS212 Art for Elementary Teachers 3
  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4
  • HLTH104 Nutrition for Early Childhood 3
  • HLTH181 First Aid 1
  • MUSC235 Music for Elementary Teachers 3
  • PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3
    or
  • PSYC265 Child & Adolescent Development 3
  • PSYC301 Exceptional Child & Adolescent 3
  • SOCY113 Sociology of the American Family 3

General Education Requirements

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 First-Year Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • HUMN Elective 3-4
  • NSCI Elective 4
  • Social Science 6-8
  • Social Science Diversity 3-4
  • MATH110 (or higher) Explorations in Mathematics 3
    or
  • PHIL205 Logic 3

Approved Minor (20-24)

  • BA Requirement - one year of foreign language 8
    or
  • BS Requirement - eight credits from natural science, social science or mathematics not used for general education 8



Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.