Feb 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Education Major, BA

Location(s): Ellensburg, Online, CWU Centers -, Des Moines, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Sammamish, Wenatchee, Yakima


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This major is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teaching specialists. As it is less than a 60-credit major it requires a minor or second major. Students seeking the teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education must complete Teacher Certification and Professional Education Program requirements. Successful completion of EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 (minimum of 12 credits) is expected before student teaching. Candidates must be fully admitted to the major prior to beginning the six-quarter sequence. Students enrolling in any course with a field experience must have a current WSP and FBI fingerprint and background clearance on file with CWU. Please check with the CWU teacher certification office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • apply specific content understanding, theoretical knowledge, and interdisciplinary teaching practices to plan, instruct, assess, analyze, and reflect upon standards-based instruction;
  • demonstrate appropriate professionalism in all aspects: Oral and written communication, collaboration, behavior, expressions, and attire relevant to working with children, parents, and professional colleagues in a school setting;
  • use their learning to independently create and manage a purposeful and intentional learning environment;
  • independently create and effectively deliver responsive and relevant curriculum;
  • engage in the continual development of a professional growth plan with reflective adjustment; and
  • understand and implement the unique requirements of developmentally appropriate practice and domain-based learning with young children in theoretical and authentic settings.

EDTL Department Information, Standards, Requirements


Major and/or minor programs in the Education, Development, Teaching and Learning (EDTL) department include early childhood education, elementary education, bilingual education/teaching English as a second language, literacy and special education. Additionally, the EDTL department contributes to the middle-level teaching programs in mathematics (see mathematics in the catalog) and science teaching (see science education in the catalog).

In addition to a listed major and/or minor, students must maintain full admission status in the School of Education and successfully complete all certification requirements to qualify for the Washington State teaching certificate. The early childhood education major and minor offer options in which these requirements do not apply (see descriptions below). Students completing a special education major or minor must complete EDCS 424 if they are pursuing a secondary discipline-specific teaching major (or EDLT 308 for those also seeking an elementary-specific teaching major) as part of the Professional Education Program. All students completing a secondary discipline-specific program must complete EDCS 424. All other education department majors or minors do not require the completion of this course. Also, at least 75 percent of the endorsable major or minor must be completed prior to EDCS 442, Student Teaching. 

All students seeking a teacher certification endorsement must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher for the last 45 graded credits. Students must also earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required major, minor, and Professional Education Program courses.

Special Education Majors
The special education majors offered are specifically designed to prepare teachers for meeting the diverse competencies required for teaching individuals with disabilities. Students electing special education teaching must follow one of the outlined programs. EDSE 302 must be taken prior to or concurrently with EDSE 311.

(with Washington State Teacher Certification)


This major is intended to prepare students to become birth through grade 3 teaching specialists. As it is less than a 60-credit major it requires a minor or second major. Students seeking the teacher certification endorsement in early childhood education must complete Teacher Certification and Secondary Education Major requirements. Successful completion of EDEC 492 and EDEC 493 (minimum of 12 credits) is expected before student teaching. Students enrolling in any course with a field experience must have a current WSP and FBI fingerprint and background clearance on file with CWU. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

(without Washington State Teacher Certification)


A student may complete the Early Childhood Education major without gaining entry to the Teacher Certification Program or completing either the Professional Education Program or Secondary Education major. 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 birth-age 8 settings that do not require teacher certification. While full application to the Teacher Certification Program is not required, students enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program class that has a field experience, must have current WSP/FBI fingerprint and background clearance. Please check with the CWU Teacher Certification Office (Black Hall, room 228; 509-963-2660) regarding clearance.

Total Credits: 50


Secondary Education Program Credits: 51-55 (or Professional Education Program Credits: 50)


Professional Education Program  
Secondary Education Program  

Total Credits: 101-105


College and Department Information


Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning Department  
College of Education and Professional Studies  

Program Codes
ECE, ECEP

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