Associate of Arts/Science in Early Childhood Education

Graduation Requirements

DSU General Education & Institutional Requirements

All DSU General Education and Institutional 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.

Institutional Requirement in Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy Course(s)0-6
General Education Core Requirements
English GE Courses3-7
Information Literacy GE Course0-1
Mathematics GE course3-5
American Institutions GE course(s)3-6
Life Sciences GE course(s)3-10
Physical Sciences GE course(s)3-5
Laboratory Science GE course0-1
Fine Arts GE course3
Literature/Humanities GE course3
Social & Behavioral Sciences GE course3
Exploration GE course3-5
Two (2) Global & Cultural Perspectives Courses0-6

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 undonditional 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.
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 General Education Foreign Language Classes may be found on the General Education page.

Core Discipline Requirements
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL3
FCS 2500Child Devel - Birth to Eight3
FCS 2600Intro to Early Childhood Educ2
FCS 2610Child Guidance Based on Developmental Theory3
FCS 2620Designing Integrated Curriculum with Play3
FCS 2630Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood3
FCS 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
FCS 2180Partnering With Parents3
NFS 2120Infant and Child Nutrition3
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

1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 1010Introduction to Writing3
LIB 1010Information Literacy1
FCS 1500Human Development Lifespan3
FCS 2600Intro to Early Childhood Educ2
General Education (Mathematics)3
General Education (Life Science / Lab)4
 Term Hours16
Spring Semester
CIS 1200Computer Literacy3
EDUC 2400Foundations Multicultural/ESL3
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
FCS 2610Child Guidance Based on Developmental Theory3
FCS 2630Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood3
ECE Track (Track required course)3
 Term Hours18
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ENGL 2010Interm Writing Selected Topics:3
FCS 2500Child Devel - Birth to Eight3
FCS 2620Designing Integrated Curriculum with Play3
ECE Track (Track required course) 
General Education (American Institutions)3
General Education (Literature/Humanities)3
General Education (Exploration)3
 Term Hours18
Spring Semester
EDUC 2010Intro to Exceptional Learners3
FCS 2880Practicum Early Childhood Educ3
ECE Track (Track required course)3
General Education (Physical Science)3
General Education (Fine Arts)3
 Term Hours15
Total Hour: 67