Sep 19, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood Care and Education, B.S.


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Early Childhood Care and Education, B.S. Degree Map  

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Care and Education is a 120-credit-hour degree program with coursework that emphasizes children from birth through age five, although several courses will cover children’s learning through the primary grades. This will allow materials to meet the needs of persons who also work with the school-age population within their programs and to meet National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Teacher Education Accreditation requirements.

Course content will focus on teaching diverse learners, curriculum and assessment, instructional strategies, child development, family and community relations and leadership skills. It will include multiple opportunities for first-hand field-based experiences and will be based on the NAEYC standards.

University Core Requirements (42 hours):


Communication (6 hours)


Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)


Choose ONE course from the UHCL core approved list.

Creative Arts (3 hours)


Choose ONE course from the UHCL core approved list.

American History (6 hours)


Government/Political Science (6 hours)


Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)


Choose ONE course from the UHCL approved core list.

Component Area Option (6 hours)


Two 1-hour Life and Physical Science Labs

Choose ONE of the following


General Degree Requirements:


  • Students must complete at least 120 semester credit hours. A minimum of 45 hours of the 120 semester hours must be advanced (3000-4000 level) coursework according to the requirements of the respective major.
  • Students must complete the University Core Curriculum requirements (refer to Core Curriculum Requirements in the UHCL catalog).
  • Students must fulfill the statutory requirements of the Texas State Education Code, including the following:
    • Six hours of U.S. History (three hours may be Texas History).
    • Six hours of Constitutions of the United States and Texas.
  • Students must demonstrate writing proficiency by completing nine hours of lower-level (1000-2000 level) and upper-level (3000-4000 level) English composition course credit with a minimum grade of “C-” or better. Some majors may require higher grades in English composition.
  • Students must complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree (i.e., 30 semester credit hours for a 120 credit hour program) through instruction offered by UHCL to fulfill the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) residency requirements.
  • Students must complete the final 30 semester hours of 3000 and 4000 level course work in residence at UHCL.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours of upper-level (3000-4000 level) coursework in the major in residence at UHCL.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 on course work completed at UHCL with grades of “C” or better on at least 30 hours of resident upper-level work. Grades of “C-” or below cannot be applied toward the 30 hours of resident upper-level work.

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