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Lake Superior State University

Early Childhood Education: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

This four-year program leads to a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education. It is for students interested in working with young children from birth to age eight in preschool, headstart, and day care centers. 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 through a series of three practicums.

Degree Requirements

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
  • EMED181 First Aid 1
  • MUSC235 Music for Elementary Teachers 3
  • PSYC155 Lifespan Development 3
  • PSYC265 Child & Adolescent Development 3
  • PSYC301 Exceptional Child & Adolescent 3
  • SOCY113 Sociology of the American Family 3

Approved Minor (20-24)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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