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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Early Childhood Education, B.S.

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         Early Childhood Education, B.S.: 4-year sequence


Curriculum in the Early Childhood Education program is designed to prepare resourceful, creative and competent graduates to work in settings with young children. The program emphasizes theory and practice and meets the requirements for birth through grade three teaching certification for the State of Wisconsin. Academic course work is enriched by involvement with children in early childhood settings early in the program, with observation and participation experiences in UW-Stout’s Child and Family Study Center. Graduates are employed as preschool, kindergarten and primary teachers, and administrators of early childhood care centers, curriculum specialists, and resource and referral specialists within corporations and the public sector. Two concentrations, Special Education and Early Childhood-Middle Childhood, are available options and require additional coursework.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Major Studies 80 credits  

Students must demonstrate proficiency in American Red Cross First Aid procedures, either by verifying current certification with their adviser, or by satisfactory completion of HLTH-340 ARC Standard First Aid and Personal Safety (adding 1 credit to the program credit total).

*Required courses with a grade point of 2.0 (“C”) or better. Courses in which a student earns less than the required 2.0 must be retaken and at least a 2.0 earned prior to student teaching.

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad, or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be taken from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Major Studies (80 credits)

(Minimum grade of “C” required in all courses)

Concentrations (19 credits)

(Minimum grade of “C” required in all courses)

These optional concentrations are in addition to the 120-credit general requirements for the program.

Teacher Education Requirements

Students proceed through a series of three benchmarks as they move toward licensure.

Benchmark I: Acceptance into Teacher Education

Teacher education students will begin fulfilling their requirements for Benchmark I as they complete their first 40 credits. Detailed information is online at: www.uwstout.edu/soe/current/ugbmi.cfm.

Benchmark II: Application for Student Teaching

Benchmark II must be completed prior to student teaching. Detailed information is online at: www.uwstout.edu/soe/current/ugbmii.cfm.

  • Complete electronic portfolio
  • Receive satisfactory portfolio assessment by faculty
  • Pass Content Knowledge Exam
  • Receive clearance through an updated background check
  • Maintain a 2.75 grade point average
  • Complete a satisfactory tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Submit copies of resume to the School of Education prior to student teaching
  • Complete Application for Student Teaching form

Benchmark III: Program Completion

Benchmark III must be completed before you can be recommended for licensure. Detailed information is online at: www.uwstout.edu/soe/current/ugbmiii.cfm.

  • Complete electronic portfolio and receive a basic or higher proficiency level of assessment
  • Complete all program coursework
  • Meet all program-specific requirements
  • Student teach at three levels: infant/toddler/preschool, kindergarten and primary.
  • Receive a satisfactory student teaching assessment

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