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  Nov 19, 2017
 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood Education, B.A.



Learning Outcome

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education should be able to …

  • Effectively measure candidate performance and program effectiveness using methods that align with the Specialized Professional Association (SPA) or College of Education standards. 

Degree Requirements (122-131 Hours)

See College of Education  for professional program admissions requirements, certification requirements, and other academic opportunities.

(Total semester hours: 122-131)

  1. Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education (31-43 Hours)
  2. Additional Required Courses (6 Hours)
  3. Specialized Content Preparation (15 Hours)
  4. Education (70 Hours)

1. Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education (31-43 Hours)


I. Lower Division (28-34 Hours)


CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for CMW - Grade of C or Better Required

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for ARP

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7 hours)


Complete 7 hours in Science as follows:

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours, depending on placement test)


  • To meet the GFL requirement, students in the BA in Early Childhood Education complete the Carolina Core approved courses in Foreign Language (GFL) or by achieving a score of 2 or better on a USC foreign language placement test.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 Hours)


Complete 3 hours (one course) from:

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 Hours)


Complete 3 hours (once course) from:

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


  • Selected any Carolina Core approved course for AIU 

II. Lower Division: Stand-alone or Overlay-Eligible Courses (3-9 Hours)


Up to two of these three requirements may be met in overlay courses. For up to two instances, a Carolina Core course meeting another core requirement may also meet one of these requirements, provided the course is approved to meet both.

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for CMS

INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for INF

VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for VSR

2. Additional Required Courses (6 Hours)


  • A course (3 Hours) in culture other than Western European (Must be in addition to courses taken to meet Carolina Core requirements.)
  • Electives (3 Hours)
    • If the number of hours used to meet the Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education section exceeds 31, those hours above 31 can be used to meet the required elective hours. If only 31 hours are used to meet the Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education section, then the required elective hours must be in addition to the Carolina Core.

4. Education (70 Hours)


Grade of C or better required.

Minor (Optional)


A student may choose to complete a minor consisting of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.