Jun 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Early Childhood Education Major (BS)

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Early Childhood Education Major- Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Department of Educational & Clinical Studies is dedicated to preparing students to excel in Early Childhood Education by obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to support the teaching and learning of young children. Students may select a B.S. in Early Childhood Education that will lead to licensure or non-licensure status.

Please see the UNLV College of Education  web page at http://education.unlv.edu/  for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-early-childhood-education-licensure-nonlicensure.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Education Advising and Field Placement Center at http://education.unlv.edu/afp/


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Objectives

  1. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and is learning to create learning experiences that make these aspects of content meaningful.
  2. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about how individuals learn and how to develop and provide opportunities that support intellectual, career, social, and personal development.
  3. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about how individuals differ in their approaches to learning and how to create opportunities that are equitable and adaptable to the needs of diverse learners.
  4. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about planning processes based upon knowledge of content, learners characteristics, the community, and curriculum goals and standards.
  5. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about how to employ a variety of strategies and methods and encourages the development of critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, and performance skills.
  6. The Early Childhood Education graduate is learning about individual and group motivation and behavior and how to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

University Graduation Requirements

Early Childhood Education Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-44 credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 3-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits:19-20

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 Credits
    • Two courses from life and physical sciences category; at least one must have a lab -7 credits
    • One course from Analytical Thinking -  3 credits

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-3

Multicultural requirement - EDU 280  (see note 4)
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: https://www.unlv.edu/provost/multicultural-requirements.

Major Requirements - BS in Early Childhood Education - Subtotal: 84

Licensure Track-Subtotal: 80-90

ECE Core - Credits: 75

 (see note 3 below)

Total Credits: 120

ECE Core (Administrative/Non-Licensure Track) - Credits: 75

 (see note 4 below)

Total Credits: 120


  1. A candidate for the Bachelor of Science degree in Education must earn a minimum of 120 semester hours with 40 credits in upper-division courses.
  2. A minimum GPA of 2.75 for all courses attempted must be maintained.
  3. A grade of B or higher in ECE 483 (Pre-student Teaching in Early Childhood Education) must be earned to register for student teaching (ECE 491 and ECE 492). Student must register for a minimum of 10 credits of ECE 491 (Student Teaching) to earn their degree.
  4.   and   can be repeated up to 12 credits.

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