The Departments of Child and Family Studies and Teacher Education offer a major in Early Childhood Education with certification for teaching in programs which serve children from birth through eight years of age (Pre-K through 3rd grade). Students preparing to teach a Pre-K early care and education program, Head Start, or a Kindergarten to 3rd grade classroom of a public school graduate with a major in Early Childhood Education.
- Program Prerequisite: Students must have completed at least 40 credit hours of general education and relevant prerequisite courses. Students must also meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements. (See Department of Teacher Education in this catalog.)
- Minor: Not required. Early Childhood is the specialization.
- Grade Requirements: Early Childhood Education students must meet minimum major course grade requirements and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all college work and achieve at least a “B-” grade in each professional education course to continue the program. A grade of “C” or better in each course (except professional education courses) is required. Students will receive the final grade they have earned in each course. 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 Family Studies or Early Childhood Committee, as appropriate, to graduate with the lower grade.
- Credit Hour Requirements: A minimum of 126 credit hours is required for a bachelor’s degree; 94 of these are required within the major. A minimum of 65 upper division credit hours is required (courses numbered 3000 and above).
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). (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)
Declare your program of study (see Program of Study (Major/Minor) Declaration ). Early Childhood Education majors must meet the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Department of Teacher Education ).
Students enrolling in CHF 2600 , CHF 2610 and CHF 2620 will be working with families and children; the State of Utah requires a background check and clearance. Applicants must be fingerprinted and complete a background check before being fully accepted into the program. A handout available from the department secretary explains the procedure and nominal expenses. If the background check reveals misconduct, you will not be allowed to enroll in these courses or any others which include field experience, practica or student teaching. Background checks require up to eight weeks and should be completed, or in progress, prior to enrolling in CHF 2600 , CHF 2610 and CHF 2620 . See the department secretary for further details.
See Degree and General Education Requirements for Bachelor of Science requirements. CHF 1500 will satisfy a general education requirement and is prerequisite to most Child and Family courses. COMM 1020 may be taken to fulfill both a support course and a general education requirement. A science class with a lab is a requirement for Teacher Education.