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Lake Superior State University

Early Childhood Education: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The bachelor in early childhood education prepares professionals to provide high quality education and care for children birth through age eight in a wide variety of settings.  Graduates are qualified to work as teachers and directors in private early childhood programs; state-funded preschool programs, such as Great Start Readiness Preschool; and federally-funded HeadStart programs.  Students develop their understanding of typically and atypically developing children through integrated coursework and field experience, as well as two semester-long practicums.  The required minor provides the opportunity for students to explore a related field, adding to their knowledge and skills for working with young children and their parents, or expanding their expertise for employment opportunities.

Degree Requirements

Departmental Requirements (54 credits)

  • CHLD101 Introduction to Early Child Education 4
  • CHLD103 Learning Environments for the Young Child 4
  • CHLD150 Observation and Assessment 4
  • CHLD210 Infants and Toddlers 4
  • CHLD225 Emergent Literacy 3
  • CHLD241 STEM Foundations for the Young Child 4
  • CHLD242 Creativity & Humanities for the Young Child 4
  • CHLD245 Early Childhood Curriculum 3
  • CHLD260 Practicum I 4
  • CHLD270 Administration of Early Childhood Programs 2
  • CHLD310 Inclusion of Young Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings 3
  • CHLD330 Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education 2
  • CHLD350 Early Childhood Facilities Management 2
  • CHLD410 Practicum II 4
  • CHLD440 Family and Community Partnerships 3
  • CHLD495 Senior Project 4

Cognate Requirements (12 credits)

Approved Minor (minimum 20 credits)

Free Electives (minimum 9 credits)

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

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 Requirements.

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