Students preparing to work in childhood programs or agencies serving young children that do not require a teaching certificate graduate with a major in Early Childhood.
Students who wish to obtain certification to teach in kindergarten through 3rd grade graduate with a major in Early Childhood Education. (See Early Childhood Education description.)
- Program Prerequisite: Not required.
- Minor: Required. In lieu of a minor, a specialization of 15 credit hours may be substituted as approved by the department. Six of these hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 or above).
- Grade Requirements: Students must have a grade of B- or better in each required major course in addition to a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher for all college courses. If a grade in a major course does not meet the minimum requirement for graduation, the student may retake the course once. In special circumstances, by the judgment of the department chair, the student may petition to the Early Childhood/Early Childhood Education Committee, as appropriate, to graduate with the lower grade.
- Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation; 51 of these are required within the major. A minimum of 40 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 3000 and above); 30 of these are required within the major.
Students must follow the Department of Child and Family Studies Advisement procedures. Contact the department advisor located in the McKay Education Building, Room 248 (801-626-6411).
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Declare your program of study (see Program of Study (Major/Minor) Declaration ). Sign a Program of Study Contract with the Department of Child and Family Studies. Contact the department advisor, 801-626-6411.
To be allowed to work with children in the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School for lab practicum and student teaching, students must have clearance of criminal background check approved by the Utah Department of Health, Child Care Licensing Program. Look for more information on the Weber State University Fingerprinting Office website (www.weber.edu/fingerprinting).
Refer to Degree Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. CHF 1500 (3) will satisfy a general education requirement and is prerequisite to most major courses. GEOG 1300 or GEOG 1520 is recommended.