Early Care and Education Option

120 credits

The Early Care and Education Option provides specific preparation for caring for and teaching children from infancy through kindergarten and working with young children and families in non-public school settings. Students in this option will have experiences working in a variety of early childhood settings and programs. These could include Head Start, early intervention, infant care, public-school-based preschools, private and/or non-profit child care and preschool programs, hospital-based programs, Montessori programs or other settings. Early Childhood Studies candidates with this Option are strongly encouraged to complete an academic minor, selected in consultation with their academic advisor, to complement their interests and career goals.

In order for Early Childhood Studies majors to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as early childhood professionals, students must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. Early Childhood Studies majors should plan for and be able to provide their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
ER 2000 Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession (WRCO) 3
ER 2200 The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education 3
ER 2300 Young Children's Learning and Development in Context 3
ER 2400 Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health for the Young Child (WECO) 3
ER 2800 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction 6
ER 3200 Assessment in Early Childhood (QRCO) 3
ER 3300 Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education (DICO) (WRCO) 3
ER 3400 The Project Approach 6
ER 3450 Guiding Young Mathematicians: Math Methods for Early Childhood (QRCO) 4
ER 4200 Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Early Childhood (INCO) 3
ER 4300 Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy in Early Childhood (TECO) 3
ER 4700 Early Childhood Practicum 3
ERSE 2500 Inclusive Early Childhood Education 3
ERSE 3600 Infant and Toddler Care and Education 4
MA 2110 Mathematics for PreK-Grade 3 Educators (MATH) 4
RL 2500 Language and Literacy Development in Young Children 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 30-28

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.