Jun 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education, B.S. with Teacher Certification: Early Childhood to Sixth Grade

About the Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification Bachelor’s Program

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education prepares professionals to work with children from infancy through sixth grade. A strong emphasis in child development provides the foundation for understanding the child as an individual within the context of the family, the peer group, and school settings.

The program meets current Texas requirements for teacher certification and is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). State teacher certification is granted for EC-6 (early childhood through the sixth grade). See an academic advisor for updated certification requirements that may occur from recent legislative mandates. Admission to teacher certification is competitive and is based on a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Students seeking teacher certification must meet all requirements outlined in the College of Education section of this catalog. To be recommended for certification, graduates must achieve satisfactory performance on the TExES, an examination prescribed by the State Board of Education.

The university teacher education program includes a full year of student teaching (two semesters of the senior year). Students wishing to obtain teacher certification should consult with the department’s undergraduate advisor.

Communication Literacy Requirement. The Early Childhood Education major prepares students for many types of communication, including large and small group discussion with young children as well as written analyses of children’s development and plans to support active learning. Students gain experience in collecting, examining, and reflecting upon scientific information and presenting their findings through formal and informal written communications as well as in oral presentations. The Early Childhood Education Communication Literacy courses are developed to fulfill all of the above needs. The CL courses for this degree are EC 3301  (scientific and graphical), EC 3313  (interpersonal/dyadic /small group), and EC 3350  (community/organizational/spoken).

Recommended Curriculum

First Year


Total: 17


Total: 18

Second Year


Total: 16


Total: 19

Third Year

Total: 15

Total: 15

Fourth Year

Total: 11


Total: 12

Total Hours: 123

* Choose from core curriculum  requirements.
† Prerequisites apply.
‡ Concurrent enrollment and acceptance into Teacher Certification Program (apply prior semester), 2.75 GPA minimum.

Please review the standards in choosing science courses at www.sbec.state.tx.us.

Educator Standards EC-Grade 6 Science

Choose one course (or course+lab pairing) from each category. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.