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Early Childhood Education Track

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT MAJOR: EARLY CHILDHOOD CONCENTRATION (HDV4). Students in the Early Childhood Concentration will complete 42 credit hours:

PART I. TAKE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

  1. PSY 1001 – Introductory Psychology.
    • Both semesters of General or Introductory Psychology must be taken in transfer for equivalence. Only 3 hours of Introductory Psychology count toward the major.
  2. PSY 1800 – Developmental Educational Psychology.
  3. NUT 2040 – Introduction to Nutrition.
  4. PSY 3240 – Infancy.
  5. EDU 4310 – Parents as Partners in Education.
  6. PSY 3340 – Cognitive Development and Learning.
  7. PSY 3350 – Psychology of Social Development.
  8. ECE 3860 – Cultural Socialization of Children
    • Meets university multicultural requirement
  9. PSY 2330 – Statistics and Research Methods for The Social and Behavioral Science.
    • PSY 2330, PSY 3280, & PSY 4960 must be taken in sequence, one at a time (three semesters total).
  10. PSY 3280 – Developmental Research Methods.
    • PSY 2330, PSY 3280, & PSY 4960 must be taken in sequence, one at a time (three semesters total).
  11. PSY 4960 – Senior Thesis in Human Development.
    • PSY 4960 meets university senior experience requirement.
    • PSY 2330, PSY 3280, & PSY 4960 must be taken in sequence, one at a time (three semesters total).

PART II. ADDITIONAL COURSES - PICK THREE IN CONSULTATION WITH AN ADVISOR:

  1. ECE 3340 – Administration of Early Childhood Programs
    • Recommended course by the early childhood education department.
  2. ECE 3750 - Enhancing English Language Learning in Early Childhood Education
    • Recommended course by the early childhood education department.
  3. PSY 2210 – Psychology of Human Development
  4. PSY 3250 – Child Psychology
    • Recommended course by the early childhood education department.
  5. PSY 3400 – Psychology of Exceptional Children
  6. SLHS 2890 – Language Acquisition

BIG PICTURE:(WHAT YOU NEED TO GRADUATE!):

  1. If you ARE Licensure – a License in education is needed if you want to teach in public school in Denver!
    • 42 credits in the Human Development Major
    • 39 credits in General Studies
    • 45 credits in Licensure Sequence (includes minor)
    • 0 credits of Electives
    • 126 Total Credits
  2. If you ARE NOT Licensure
    • 42 credits in the Human Development Major
    • 33 credits in General Studies
    • 24 credits in Elementary Education Minor
    • 21 credits of Electives
    • 120 Total Credits

Additional requirements: Minimum of 15 hours taken at Metropolitan State University of Denver and last 12 hours must be in residence at Metropolitan State University of Denver


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