Program Requirements

Program Overview

Students who major in Early Childhood and Special Education are required to complete 28 credits of General Education coursework and 20 additional credits in the liberal arts and sciences to ensure that they have a strong liberal arts background.

Students will also take 72 credits that prepare them to embark on meaningful careers in Early Childhood and Special Education.

Castleton’s Early Childhood and Special Education BA is based upon both national and state Early Childhood and Special Education Standards.

At the national level we are informed by the Core values in professional preparation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) standards for professional preparation:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8;
  • Early Learning Standards: Creating Conditions for Success;
  • Early Childhood Mathematics: Promoting Good Beginnings;
  • Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children;
  • Screening and Assessment of Young English Language Learners;
  • Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children with Disabilities: Recommendations for Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation;
  • Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity: Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Education;
  • Still Unacceptable Trends in Kindergarten Entry and Placement; and l Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

Degree Map

YEAR 1

Fall (Up to 18 credits)

  • Approaches to Learning (3 cr)
  • Educational Psychology (3 cr)
  • Up to 12 credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of nine recommended including Introduction to Psychology).

Spring (Up to 18 credits)

  • Childhood and Adolescent Development (3 cr)
  • Teaching Exceptional Learns (3 cr)
  • Up to 12 credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of nine recommended including Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Social Work).

YEAR 2

Fall (Up to 18 credits)

  • Learning about the world: Math, science, and social studies (3 cr)
  • Intervention with Families & Children (3 cr)
  • Child Psychopathology (3 cr)
  • Up to nine credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of six recommended).

Spring (Up to 21 credits)

  • Creative Arts & Expression (3 cr)
  • Social Development (3 cr)
  • Ethics & Diversity (3 cr)
  • Collaboration & Special Education (3 cr)
  • Up to nine credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of six recommended).

YEAR 3

Fall (Up to 16 credits)

  • Special Education Language Development & Exceptionality (3 cr)
  • Early Childhood Language Practicum (infant to age 5) (4 cr)
  • Speech & Language Development (3 cr)
  • Up to six credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of six recommended).

Spring (Up to 19 credits)

  • Assessment/Special Education (3 cr)
  • Cognitive Development (3 cr)
  • Cognitive/Assessment Practicum (birth through age 2) (4 cr)
  • Up to nine credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of six recommended).

YEAR 4

Fall (Up to 13 credits)

  • Literacy Development (3 cr)
  • Literacy & Transition Practicum (ages 3-8) (4 cr)
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis for School Professionals (3 cr)
  • Up to three credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of three recommended).

Spring (Up to 12 credits)

  • Case Management & Intervention Special Education (3 cr)
  • Intervention Practicum (ages 3-6) (4 cr)
  • Portfolio Preparation for Early Childhood and Special Education (2 cr)
  • Up to three credits of General Education/Liberal Arts & Sciences (minimum of three recommended).