This major satisfies the endorsement for early childhood education. This major is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teaching specialists. Students who elect this major are strongly advised to simultaneously complete the elementary education major (see a department advisor as to how this may be effectively accomplished). Also, EDCS 442, Student Teaching, of the education program should be completed at the K-3 level. Students are advised to take EDEC 292, 331, and 332 as the initial portion of their studies. Successful completion of EDEC 493 is expected before student teaching. Exceptions may be granted by the depart– ment chair in unusual circumstances. EDEC 292 and EDEC 493 will be graded S or U.