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Early Childhood Education (BS)

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Major Academic Plan


1. Learner Development and Differences

Learning Outcome

Teacher candidates integrate knowledge of child development and learner differences to support children and their families and advocate for equitable access to learning for all children.


2. Content Knowledge

Learning Outcome

Teacher candidates use discipline-specific concepts, tools of inquiry, and learning trajectories to facilitate engaging and equitable learning experiences for all children.


3. Nurturing Pedagogy

Learning Outcome

Teacher candidates create and foster nurturing pedagogy by providing meaningful learning experiences and supportive environments for all learners through developmentally and culturally appropriate practices.


4. Professionalism

Learning Outcome

Teacher candidates demonstrate the highest standard of professional conduct as they advocate for young children and their families, engage in renewal through reflection, and collaborate with stakeholders to build a shared vision for student growth.

Program Requirements

Licensure: This program meets the educational requirements designed to lead to an occupationally required professional license or certificate in the state of Utah. Students pursuing occupations requiring a license or certificate in a state other than Utah should contact the appropriate BYU academic advisement center as well as the licensing agency in the state where they intend to work to seek information and guidance regarding licensure and certification requirements.

This major is designed to prepare students to teach in public schools. In order to graduate with this major, students are required to complete Utah State Office of Education licensing requirements. To view these requirements go to or contact Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426.

Requirement 1 —Complete 1 Requirement

Complete the following Pre-requisites:

Requirement 1.1 —Complete 2 Courses

course - Foundations of ECE 3.0

course - Human Development 3.0

Note: The Global & Cultural Awareness and Letters general education requirements are fulfilled through completion of the Early Childhood Education major.

Students accepted into the major after May, 2020, must (a) maintain a total GPA of no less than 2.7 since admission to teacher preparation major and/or minor program, (b) receive a "C" or better in all education-related and major and minor required courses (including any courses taken prior to acceptance into a teaching major or minor), and (c) demonstrate sufficient and timely progress in coursework and field experiences. For details on admission and retention requirements for teaching majors and teaching minors, see Educator Preparation Program Requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Complete admission process for the program through the Teacher Education Department. Go to for admission requirements.

Requirement 2 —Complete 18 Courses

course - Ex Studnts:Prin of Collaboratn 2.0

course - Prek-K Practicum - You may take once 2.0

course - PE, Health, and Play 3.0

course - Child Guidance 3.0

course - Literacy Development I 3.0

course - Planning & Assessment in ECE 3.0

course - Literature for Young Children 2.0

course - Primary Grade Practicum - You may take once 3.0

course - Fam, Schools, and Communities 2.0

course - Tchng Literacy Pre K-3 3.0

course - Social Studies in ECE 2.0

course - Tchng Science Pre K-3 3.0

course - Tching Math Pre K-3 3.0

course - Legal & Ethical Issues 1.0

course - Fndtns of Multicultural Educ 3.0

course - Tech in Erly Childhood Classes 2.0

course - Basic Conc of Math 2.0

course - Language Development 3.0

Requirement 3 —Complete 1 of 2 Courses

course - Social Development 3.0

course - Perception Cognition Language 3.0

Requirement 4 —Complete 1 of 4 Courses

course - Art for Elementary Teachers 3.0

course - Dance for Elementary Classroom 2.0

course - Mu Elem Clsrm Tchr 2.0

course - Drama in the Elem Classroom 2.0

Requirement 5 —Complete 12 hours

Note: Prior application is required. Apply for student teaching/internship by September 15 or January 15.

course - Grades K-3 Student Teaching - You may take up to 12.0 credit hours 1.0v

course - Academic Internship - You may take up to 12.0 credit hours 12.0

Note: It is the student's responsibility to be sure that the PRAXIS II test has been passed and that BYU has received the test scores and that his or her fingerprint background clearance is current and that state licensing fees have been paid prior to graduation. Students will also be responsible for any additional requirements imposed by the state prior to their graduation. To confirm the status of these requirements, contact the Education Advisement Center, 350 MCKB, 801-422-3426. Graduation and Utah licensure cannot be processed until these requirements have been completed.

Recommended Courses are not required to complete the program

The following courses are strongly recommended.

course - Principles of Biology 3.0

course - Expository Writing for El Ed 3.0