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Education / Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Education/Special Education

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Elementary Education/
Special Education

Bachelor of Arts
Liberal Studies: Early Childhood
Care and Education

Contact:  Jamesa Lewis | 301-891-4130

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Professional Studies Program

Early Childhood Care and Education | Birth – Age 8 | Non-Certification


I. Unified Theme — Professional Education

49 hrs

EDEC 206Foundations of Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 220Collaboration and Communication in Early Childhood2
EDEC 245Early Childhood Health, Nutrition and Safety3
EDEC 302Administration of Early Childhood Programs2
EDUC 305Promoting Literacy and Language in Young Children2
EDEC 309Material and Methods for Teaching Math/Science3
EDEC 310Teaching Experiences5
EDEC 311Programming and Planning for Primary Aged Children3
EDEC 312Programming and Planning for Preschoolers3
EDEC 313Programming and Planning for Infants and Toddlers3
EDEC 315Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 317Integrated Arts in Early Childhood Education3
EDEC 320Positive Behavior Support Strategies in Early Childhood2
EDEC 390Working with Young Children, Families and Community3
EDEC 424Observation/Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
EDUC 130Professional Skills Development1
EDUC 321Techniques for Integrating Educational Technology in the Elementary and Secondary Classroom3
Note: Courses may overlap between Unified Theme and Cultural, Scientific and Societal studies. Courses between General Education requirements and the major requirements may not overlap.


II. Liberal Studies Themes

33 hrs

Cultural Studies9 hours
EDUC 120Educational Philosophy and Trends3
EDUC 301Issues in Multicultural Education3
EDUC 418Education of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Scientific Studies12 hours
MATHMathematics elective4
HLSCMathematics elective*4
BIOLBiology elective4
 *If student takes BIOL 140 at WAU, Health elective is waived. 
Societal Studies9 hours
EDUC 242Human Learning3
HIST 125/126World History3
PSYC 210Developmental Psychology3
Required Cognate3 hours
HIST 275/276 United States History I or II3


III. General Education Requirements

38 hrs

NOT to be repeated in major.  
ENGL 101First-Year Composition3
ENGL 102Research and Literature3
COMM 105Introduction to Oral Communication3
INSY 110/CPTR 105Introduction to Computers3
INTD 315Ethics in Modern Society3
LITRLiterature elective3
PSYC 105Introduction to Psychology3
GEOGGeography elective3
PEACPhysical Education activity elective1
HLSC/NUTRHealth elective2
HMNTHumanities elective3
Upper-division courses must total at least 36 hours.



120 hrs


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