2018-2019 Academic Catalogs

Early Childhood

The Minot State University Early Childhood Education program provides candidates with an educational experience that focuses on current cognitive science research* to prepare teachers who demonstrate reflective decision-making and the ability to integrate knowledge of content, students and the contexts in which we learn. The program’s objectives prepare educational professionals with:

  • knowledge of content, and knowledge of cognitive and developmental sciences,        
  • performance skills, and
  • professional dispositions toward the children, curriculum, 
  • and reasons they teach.

The mission of the Early Childhood Teacher Education program incorporates the University mission to advance knowledge, as well as critical and creative thinking skills of the Early Childhood Education majors, that will allow candidates to work successfully with:

  • varied children         ,        
  • in changing classroom environments,        
  • within a global community.       

* Cognitive Science is defined here as a multi-disciplinary field of study, which includes what we know about observed individual and social behaviors, mental representations and thinking processes (mind), biophysical structures, functions and mechanisms of learning (brain), and how human beings change over time as they develop in all quadrants: cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth (education).


Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood

General Education38-40
Requires two lab sciences: one each in Life and Physical Sciences, in addition to the requirement for GEOL 108 Earth and Planetary Science, which is taken in the Elementary Education major. Requires MATH 103 College Algebra or MATH 104 Finite Mathematics, and either GEOG 110 Principles, or GEOG 161 World Regional
Coursework not requiring admission to Teacher Education
GEOL 108Earth and Planetary Science4
ECE 310Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 313Language Development and Emerging Literacy3
ECE 361Observation and Assessment ECE3
ECE 436Kindergarten Methods and Materials3
ECE 312Methods: Arts Integration2
ECE 320Infant/Toddler Development2
ECE 322Leadership & Supervision in Early Childhood Education2
ECE 333Preschool Methods and Materials3
ECE 338Home School Community Relations2
Coursework Requiring Admission to Teacher Education
ELED 352Foundations of Reading3
KIN 340Elementary Methods & Activities3
Total Hours71-73

Refer to Teacher Education Policies and Procedures.

Professional Education Sequence
(May be taken prior to admission to Teacher Education)
ED 260Educational Psychology2
ED 260LClinical I0
ED 282Managing the Learning Environment2
ED 282LClinical II0.5
ED 284Teaching Diverse Learners2
ED 284LClinical III0.5
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment I2
ED 321LClinical IV0.5
ED 322Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment II2
ED 323LClinical V0.5
ED 324LFall Experience0
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Child & Adolescent Psychology
Admittance to Teacher Education Required:
ED 380Technology in Teaching2
Methods class(es) required by major4
ELED 421Elementary Mathematics Methods3
ELED 422Elementary Language Arts Methods3
ELED 423Elementary Reading Methods3
ELED 424Elementary Social Studies Methods3
SCI 426Elementary Science Methods4
Select from the following: 6-16
Student Teaching Kindergarten (Course number dependent upon student teaching grade level)
Student Teaching, Elementary (and ED 482)
Student Teaching K-12 (and ED 484)
Student Teaching, Special Areas (and ED 484)
Total Hours49-59

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

ED 260Educational Psychology2
ED 282Managing the Learning Environment2
ED 284Teaching Diverse Learners2
ED 320Curriculum, Planning & Assessment I2
ED 322Curriculum, Planning, and Assessment II2
SPED 110Introduction to Exceptional Children3
SS 283Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in America3
PSY 255Child & Adolescent Psychology3
ENGL 238Children's Literature3
ED 380Technology in Teaching2
ELED 352Foundations of Reading3
ECE 310Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
ECE 320Infant/Toddler Development2
ECE 312Methods: Arts Integration2
ECE 313Language Development and Emerging Literacy3
ECE 314Mathematics & The Young Child2
ECE 316The Emergent Reader2
ECE 322Leadership & Supervision in Early Childhood Education2
ECE 333Preschool Methods and Materials3
ECE 361Observation and Assessment ECE3
ECE 430LPre-School Practicum1


ECE 310. Introduction to Early Childhood Education. 3 Hours.

Study of early childhood learning theories, developmentally appropriate materials. classroom arrangement, observational techniques, and curriculum planning. Actual experience with materials, observation, and field experience.

ECE 312. Methods: Arts Integration. 2 Hours.

This course explores and uses the fine and performing arts as primary pathways to learning in young children. Includes selecting materials, creating environments, and planning lessons and activities that integrate art, music, and movement across curriculum disciplines.

ECE 313. Language Development and Emerging Literacy. 3 Hours.

Language activity includes speaking, writing, reading, and listening, Coursework will center on how language is acquired, the functions of language and how language develops. Examine how teachers can best support the growth of children as language learners and users.

ECE 314. Mathematics & The Young Child. 2 Hours.

This course explores curriculum and methods for teaching mathematics in pre-K through grade 3. Candidates actively engage in projects and activities that help them develop a conceptual understanding of teaching mathematics in a cooperative and constructionist environment where children view themselves as mathematicians. Emphasis is placed on the use of manipulatives, problem solving activities, and children's literature in the planning and organizing of developmentally appropriate classroom activities and lessons.

ECE 316. The Emergent Reader. 2 Hours.

This course explores a wide variety of developmentally appropriate instructional practices for teaching early childhood learners multiple ways of communicating and experiencing language through books and media programs. Emphasis is placed on integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening as forms of creative personal expression. Effective methods of teaching children how to decode and encode print are studied.Prerequisites: Students must complete ECE 335 and be admitted to Teacher Education before enrolling in this course. Corequisites: Students must also be enrolled in ECE 310, 312, and 314 at the same time.

ECE 320. Infant/Toddler Development. 2 Hours.

This course explores the child's growth and development from birth to 36 months. It will give candidates a basis for understanding normal developmental needs of children and a means of meeting them in the children's home, childcare center, and community environments.

ECE 322. Leadership & Supervision in Early Childhood Education. 2 Hours.

This course explore effective organization of early childhood programs and looks at managing the day-to-day operations of a program. Candidates examine leadership frameworks and unique leadership styles, and how to apply the principles of leadership to create vision, become an agent of change, and model professional and ethical behavior. Candidates examine supervision frameworks for effective recruitment, selection, and orientation practices. Candidates study a comprehensive model for supervising staff, promoting ongoing professional development and creating a strengths based team in nurturing positive teaching/learning environments.

ECE 333. Preschool Methods and Materials. 3 Hours.

Study of development of 4-7 year olds and procedures in preschool planning including teaching techniques and expressive materials for the campus preschool. Prerequisite: Students must complete ECE 310 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 338. Home School Community Relations. 2 Hours.

This course explore home-school-community relations. The content includes history, parental involvement in school, parent-teacher conferences, home visits, parent and community programs, and community resources for parents.

ECE 361. Observation and Assessment ECE. 3 Hours.

Students will learn about and actively engage in a variety of observational methods to assess the social, motor, and cognitive growth of young children. Prerequisite: Student must complete ECE 310 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 430L. Pre-School Practicum. 1 Hour.

Students will work in the Minot State University Preschool, with direct application of those concepts learned in ECE 361 and ECE 333. Corequisites: Students must take ECE 361 and ECE 333 at the same time. Course is restricted to Early Childhood Education majors and Elementary Education majors with a Kindergarten Concentration. Admittance to teacher education is required.

ECE 436. Kindergarten Methods and Materials. 3 Hours.

Exploration of curriculum, methods, and materials for use in kindergarten settings. Prerequisite: Student must complete ECE 310 before enrolling in this course.