2018-2019 Catalog

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Associate of Science

Teachers change lives by opening new worlds for students and inspiring them to reach their goals.  An early childhood education is an educational specialty designed to prepare students to work with children and their families in various settings from birth through third grade.  An elementary education prepares individuals who are interested in a teaching career in a public or private school setting from kindergarten through the sixth grade.  Western’s teaching preparation focuses on current and innovative teaching theories including the implementation of a service learning project, technology inclusion, and project based learning. The education program also provides the introduction to many important skills and elements of the teaching profession.  The development and understanding of which are essential for future success such as: classroom management, special education, literacy for children, lesson design, educational psychology, and elementary science and math preparation.  The students experience hands-on what it means to be a preschool and/or elementary school teacher because the program provides them the opportunity to participate in preschool and/or public school classroom activities as a practicum student.  These experiences have a four-pronged focus:  they introduce theories and pedagogical skills that are learned during classes are applied and reinforced by the teachers, they give students real-world teaching practices, they help students decide about their future teaching careers, and they lay the academic foundation needed before entering a bachelor’s degree program.  Students wanting to enter the teaching field must obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in education. Therefore, Western’s education program has specific pathways that will create a seamless transfer to any university in the country upon the successful completion of the associate degree requirements.

Degree Requirements

Freshman Year - Fall Semester

EDCI 1000EDUCATION EXPERIENCE PROSPECTIVE TCHRS

2

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

EDEL 1410MATH FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS I

1

MATH 1100NUMBER & OPERATIONS ELEM SCHOOL TCHRS

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

MUSC 1000INTRO TO MUSIC

3

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:15

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Students transferring outside of Wyoming should take Psychology (PSYC 1000) instead of Introduction to Music (MUSC 1000).
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    EDCI 1430LIFE SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    1

    EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

    4

    HLED 2006HEALTH FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS

    1

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    MATH 1105DATA, PROBABILITY, ALGEBRA ELEM SCH TCHRS

    3

    BIOL 1003CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY

    4

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Freshman Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by Writing Studies (ENGL 2019) or English Composition II (ENGL 1020). 
  • Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

    3

    MATH 2120GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT ELEM SCH TCHRS

    3

    APPROVED HISTORY COURSE

    3

    APPROVED ENGLISH COURSE

    3

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • Approved History Course can be fulfilled by U.S. to 1865 (HIST 1211) or U.S from 1865 (HIST 1221).
  • Approved English Course can be fulfilled by Women in Literature (ENGL 2250) or Native American Literature (ENGL 2340).
  • Students transferring to Utah should replace MATH 2120 with MATH 1400.
  • Students transferring to the University of Wyoming should replace HIST 1211 with POLS 1000.
  • Students transferring outside of Wyoming should replace ENGL 2250 with PSYCH 2300.
  • Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    EDEL 2280LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

    3

    EDEC 1020INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    3

    G&R 1050INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES

    3

    APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

    4

    APPROVED SCIENCE COURSE

    1

    HMDV 2411ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT

    0

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes: 

  • Approved Science Course, 4 credits, can be fulfilled by Physical Geology (GEOL 1100), Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 1000), or Concepts of Physics (PHYS 1050). 
  • Approved Science Course, 1 credit, can be fulfilled by Physical Science in the Elementary School (EDCI 1440) or Earth Science in the Elementary School (EDCI 1450). 
    • Students taking GEOL 1100 should also enroll in Earth Science in the Elementary School EDCI 1450.
  • Total Credit Hours: 64

    Students should work closely with an advisor.  Course options are available based on transfer plans, however, as least 3 credits of a Humanities or Applied Arts must be completed for graduation.

    Students transferring to Utah schools must take MATH 1100, MATH 1105, and MATH 1400 in the same academic year.