2020-2021 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

MUSC 1000INTRO TO MUSIC

3

EDCI 1200INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION

3

ENGL 1010ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

3

EDCI 2440INTRODUCTION TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

2

MATH 1100NUMBER & OPERATIONS ELEM SCHOOL TCHRS

3

EDEL 1410MATH FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS I

1

HMDV 10051st YEAR SUCCESS

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Freshman Year - Fall Semester Notes:

  • MUSC 1000: Students transferring outside of Wyoming should take PSYC 1000.
  • MATH 1100: Students transferring to Utah schools must take MATH 1100, 1105, and 1400 in the same academic year.
  • Freshman Year - Spring Semester

    BIOL 1003CURRENT ISSUES IN BIOLOGY

    4

    EDCI 1430LIFE SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    1

    EDFD 2020FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION

    4

    ENGL 1020ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

    3

    MATH 1105DATA, PROBABILITY, ALGEBRA ELEM SCH TCHRS

    3

    HLED 2006HEALTH FOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATORS

    1

    Total Credit Hours:16
     

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester

    MATH 2120GEOMETRY & MEASUREMENT ELEM SCH TCHRS

    3

    EDFD 2100EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    4

    ITEC 2360TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY

    3

    HIST 1211U.S. TO 1865

    3

    ENGL 2250WOMEN IN LITERATURE

    3

    Total Credit Hours:16

    Sophomore Year - Fall Semester Notes:

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    PHYS 1050CONCEPTS OF PHYSICS

    4

    EDCI 1440PHYSICAL SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    1

    EDEC 1020INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

    3

    EDEX 2484INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION

    3

    EDEL 2280LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN

    3

    G&R 1050INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL RESOURCES

    3

    Total Credit Hours:17

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester Notes:

    • PHYS 1050: This requirement can also be filled with CHEM 1000 or GEOL 1100.
    • EDCI 1440: Students taking Geology should take EDCI 1450.
    All education majors must complete a background check during their first semester in the program by Week 8 (midterms) in order to continue in the education program.

    Total Credit Hours: 65

    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.