This minor is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teachers. Students who elect to complete this minor for a teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education are strongly advised to simultaneously complete the elementary education major (see a department advisor as to how this may be effectively accomplished). Students seeking the teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education must complete all Teacher Certification and Professional Education Program requirements, which include the Professional Education Program courses (49-52 credits). Also, EFC 480, Student Teaching, of the Professional Education Program should be completed at the K-3 level. Students are advised to take EDEC 292 and 232 or 332 as the initial portion of their studies. EDEC will be graded S or U. Students enrolling in EDEC 292 or EDEC 493 must have WSP and FBI fingerprint clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228 or 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.
(without Washington State Teacher Certification)
A student may complete this minor without gaining entry to the Teacher Preparation Program or completing the Professional Education Program. Under such circumstances a teacher certification endorsement in early childhood will not be granted. This option exists for those individuals who wish to work with young children in an infancy/toddler/preschool setting only.