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Curriculum - BS in HES, Early Childhood Education (Concentration in Early Child Development)

The BS in HES, Early Childhood Education (Concentration in Early Child Development) is designed for those who are currently working in or interested in working in early child development programs. This degree-completion program concentrates on the growth and development of young children (0-5 year olds). Students learn to apply developmental principles in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs for young children.

The ECD requirements include 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 toward this degree. Eighteen hours will be accepted from the community college as a minor in Family and Consumer Sciences in CHES as follows:

  • CHD 201 Child Growth and Development
  • CHD 203 Children's Literature and Language Development
  • CHD 204 Methods and Materials
  • CHD 206 Children's Health and Safety
  • CHD 210 Exceptional Learners
  • CHD 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 and any courses needed to satisfy the core curriculum (available online) 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 in which students are asked to participate in a matching exercise to review research design.
  • HD 495 Human Development and Family Studies Internship (6 hours)
  • SPE 471 Developmental Perspectives of Young Children with Disabilities - View a sample of this course where 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.

This program requires a field placement component and 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.