Associate of Arts/Science in Early Childhood Education

Program Curriculum

63 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

There are recommendations for specific tracks in this degree. Consult your advisor.

Associate of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-8
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits numbered 1000 or above in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 1020 or higher foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 8 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000
- Receive 8 transfer credits GEFL 1000 (grade C or higher) in a language not currently taught at DSU
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 8 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Core Discipline Requirements
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL (GC)3
FSHD 2500Child Devel - Birth to Eight3
FSHD 2600Intro to Early Childhood Educ2
FSHD 2610Child Guidance Based on Developmental Theory3
FSHD 2620Designing Integrated Curriculum with Play3
FSHD 2630Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood3
FSHD 2880Practicum Early Childhood Educ3
Track Requirements
Select one of the following tracks:
Education Track
EDUC 1010Foundations/Intro to Education3
MATH 2010Math for Elementary Teachers I3
MATH 2020Math for Elemen Teachers II3
Child Care Track
FSHD 2120Infant and Child Nutrition3
FSHD 2180Partnering With Parents3
PEHR 1543First Aid / Resp Emergencies3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 63 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Cumulative GPA 2.75 or higher.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
FSHD 1500
Human Development Lifespan (SS, GC)
or Human Development Through Lifespan (SS) (GC)
FSHD 2600 Intro to Early Childhood Educ 2
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
General Education (Mathematics) 3
General Education (Life Science) 3
Spring Semester
FSHD 2610 Child Guidance Based on Developmental Theory 3
FSHD 2630 Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood 3
EDUC 2400 Foundations Multicultural/ESL (GC) (GLOCUP) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
ECE Track (Track required course) 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
FSHD 2500 Child Devel - Birth to Eight 3
FSHD 2620 Designing Integrated Curriculum with Play 3
ECE Track (Track required course) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
Spring Semester
FSHD 2880 Practicum Early Childhood Educ 3
EDUC 2010 Intro to Exceptional Learners 3
ECE Track (Track required course) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab) 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Hours63