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Curriculum - BS in HES, Early Childhood Education

The BS in HES, Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Early Child Development is designed for those who are currently working in or interested in working in early child development programs. The ECE program requires the completion of 120 hours with a minimum of 30 hours from The University of Alabama. No more than 60 hours can be transferred from a two-year institution.

Through an articulation agreement, students who hold an associate's degree in Child Development from a community college in Alabama will be allowed to transfer 24 hours of their CHD work towards this degree. Eighteen hours will be accepted from the community college as a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in CHES as follows:

  • HD 201 Child Growth and Development
  • HD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development
  • HD 204 Methods and Materials
  • HD 206 Children's Health and Safety
  • HD 210 Exceptional Learners
  • HD 214 Families and Communities

In addition, the following six additional hours will be accepted into this concentration:

  • HD 202* Infancy and Toddlerhood
  • HD 205* Preschool Development

Students will be required to complete an internship (6 hours) and any courses needed to satisfy the core curriculum as well as 27 additional HDFS hours, which will be offered entirely online:

  • HD 302 Child Development, Adolescence
  • HD 321* Conceptual Creative Experiences I
  • HD 322* Conceptual Creative Experiences II
  • HD 382 Parent and Family Development
  • HD 422 Child Centers and Programs
  • HD 472 Program Evaluation - View a sample of this course - students are asked to participate in a matching exercise to review research design.
  • HD 495* Human Development and Family Studies Internship
  • SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities - View a sample of this course - students will later be asked to participate in an interactive exercise to create a poster about gross and fine motor interventions based on the example shown here.

*Course requires a field placement component at a NAEYC accredited preschool.

It is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement. This program is not intended to lead to educator certification. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.