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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Applied Science

The BAS in Early Childhood Education provides the student with a broad base of academic experiences in the subject areas necessary for teachers of young children Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Coursework includes foundations of education, elementary math and science courses, educational assessment, psychology, special education, technology and literature courses. The student will have opportunities to practice skills being learned during field experiences in the Preschool and K-3 settings.

Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 before enrolling in upper division courses (3000 and above). Before graduation students will be required to attempt the Education of Young Children Praxis 5024.

Course Number Course Credits
BIOL 1020Life Science4
COMM 2010Public Speaking3
COMM 2130Human Relations3
EDEC 1020Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 1100Observation and Guidance of Young Children3
EDEC 1300Curriculum Planning and Development for Young Children2
EDEC 1305Curriculum Planning/Dev Young Child Lab1
EDEC 2000Engaging Families in Early Childhood Education Settings3
EDEC 2200Early Childhood Practicum3
EDEL 2140Teaching Literacy in the Elem School3
EDEL 2280Literature for Children3
EDEX 2484Intro to Special Education3
EDFD 1101Intro to Education2
EDFD 2100Educational Psychology3
EDST 2250Educational Assessment3
FCSC 2121Child Development4
HLED 2006Health for Elementary Educators1
ITEC 2360Teaching With Technology3
MATH 1100Number and Operations for Elementary School Teachers3
MATH 1105Data, Probability and Algebra for Elementary School Teachers3
PSYC 1000General Psychology4
Course Number Course Credits
EDCI 3130Teaching Social Studies in Elementary School2
EDCI 3140Teaching Reading in Elementary2
EDCI 3150Teaching Math in Elementary School2
EDCI 3160Teaching Science in Elementary2
EDEC 3220School Programs for Young Children3
EDEC 4320Oral and Written Language Acquisition3
EDEC 4350Health Management Issues in Early Education3
EDEC 4230Creating Curriculum for Children with Special Needs3
EDEC 4250Laws and Litigation in Early Childhood Special Education2
EDEL 4500Residency in Teaching11
EDEL 4500Residency in Teaching11
EDEX 3340Differentiating Instruction in Diverse Classrooms3
FCSC 3220Multicultural Influences on Children and Families3
FCSC 4124Families of Young Children with Special Needs3
**EDEL 4500 is a class that students are required to take two times as part of their graduation requirements. During each of these classes they are taking different methods classes concurrently with this course.
Writing Level I (WR1)3 credits
Writing Level II (WR2)3 credits
American & Wyoming Government (POLS 1000)3 credits
MATH/APPM(in program)
ARTS/HUM/IT/LSCI(in program)
ORAL(in program)
SOC(in program)
UNST1 credits
Gen Elec *(in program)

* General Elective course EDEL-2280 Literature for Children included in the program

Total Credit Hours: 121

More Information

Three ways to take classes:
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for completion of the BAS degree.
  • A minimum of 30 general education credit hours is required for completion of the BAS degree.
  • A minimum of 40 credit hours of upper-division (3000-4000 level) coursework is required for the BAS degree. 


Gain the skills to become an effective teacher.

Meet Your Professor

Professor of Education

Dr. Colleen Bartlett has had the opportunity to work in many different settings, she began working in child care and went on to work with older children in preschool and the public school system. She has a unique perspective on early intervention and education and how important it is.

Vonda Wells, Ph.D

Education Faculty/ Instructor

Dr. Vonda Wells has an associate’s degree in Computer Science, a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She holds a K-6 Elementary Education teaching certificate, an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education, English as a Second Language, and Principal K-12.