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B.S. in Early Child Development

Support a child's most formative years by applying knowledge gained from your major in early child development. You'll specialize in the early childhood years (birth to age 8) and work with infants, preschoolers, their families, and communities.

What you'll study
Infants and young children experience life differently than older children. Learn how to assess their progress, meet special needs, and apply developmental research to enhance their lives. With a major in early child development, you'll investigate parenting, literacy, and psychosocial development. An advanced senior year seminar will inspire you to research, examine, and analyze current and relevant issues that affect young children and their families.

How you'll learn more
Take advantage of one of the nation's best resources devoted to early childhood: NSU's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. Gain insights from the latest research on autism and other challenges, and connect with NSU and community resources that support childhood health. While at NSU, consider earning the national Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Where it can take you
With a bachelor's degree in early child development, you'll be recognized as an early childhood professional, although the degree is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. Work directly with children and their families and find your niche in a pre-school or early childhood center. Early childhood educators and child development consultants are in high demand by parents who want to maximize their child's potential.

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GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (30 CREDITS)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (6 CREDITS)

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDUC 2500 Education Pre-enrollment Seminar
This seminar provides an orientation to technology and program skills necessary for successful participation in the undergraduate programs. Students will be introduced to university systems designed to provide support and services to the undergraduate student during the formal program of study. An overview of all facets of the undergraduate programs will be provided, including how to locate course schedules online, how to contact academic advising, and how to access resources. Students will learn interactive technology skills, such as using e-mail and sending attachments, navigating the Internet, accessing the electronic library, using APA format, locating and using the undergraduate website and using Blackboard for online classes.
Pre-Requisites: None
0
ESOL 2903 Cross Cultural Studies
This course will enable students to expand their knowledge of a multiplicity of cultural groups nationwide. This knowledge will allow them to identify culture-specific verbal and nonverbal communications and school behaviors resulting from cultural variations and their influence on student behavior/attitudes. The use of recent research findings and cross-cultural awareness will assist participants in maximizing student learning and in designing culturally-sensitive instructional materials while exhibiting appropriate teacher behaviors in cross-cultural school settings. In addition to class meetings, a 10 hour virtual field experience is required for this course. Prerequisite/s: None
3
ECA 203 Foundations of Early Care and Education
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (69 CREDITS)

Lower Division Block I

Course Number Course Title Credits
EDEC 2405 Children with Special Needs (Birth through Age 8)
This course provides an overview of disabilities and their impact on young children. Students examine the nature of disabilities and how they impact development during the early years. Legislation, history of programs and services available for children with special needs and their families are discussed.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECA 215 Creative Activities for Young Children
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECA 241 Child Guidance
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECA 242 Foundations of Early Literacy
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3

Block II

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 218 Child Observation, Record Keeping, and Assessment
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECA 252 Managing Literacy Environments
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
OR
ECA 227 Developmental Curriculum: Language, Literacy, and Social Studies
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECA 267 Literacy in Multilingual Communities
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3

Upper Division Block III

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECDP 3321 Child Development Prenatal, Infancy, and Toddler Years (Birth – Age 3)
In this course, students examine the process of development during the prenatal, infancy and toddler years. Findings from current developmental research are discussed. Field experience are integrated.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECDP 3334 Child Development During the Preschool and Primary Age - (Ages 4 – 8)
This course explores the development of children ages four through eight across the physical, socio-emotional, cognitive, and language domains. Field experiences are integrated into the course.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3321
3
ECDP 3338 Diversity and Multiculturalism in Child Development
Students explore the role of culture and diversity in the process of child development. Attention is placed on the study of the cognitive, social and emotional domains. Field experiences are integrated.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3321
3
ECDP 3340 Psychosocial Development During the Preschool Years
Students examine developmental theories related to the psychosocial development of children during the preschool years (birth - age five). Field experiences are integrated into the course.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3321, ECDP 3334
3
ECDP 3420 Families of Children with Special Needs: Challenges and Opportunities
This course examines practices to support and engage families of young children with special needs. Students explore the diversity of issues and needs experienced by families of young children with disabilities and examine programs and services available in the community. Field experiences are integrated (10 hours).
Pre-Requisites: ECA 0203
3

Block IV

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECDP 3345 Parent-Child Relationships During the Early Childhood Years
This course presents an analysis of current parenting principles and strategies that foster positive relationships between children and their parents.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECDP 3349 Fatherhood Cross-Cultural Perspectives
In this course, students analyze the role of fathers in the process of child development. Students engage in the discussion of fatherhood roles across selected cultural groups. Field experiences are integrated into this course.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3345
3
ECDP 3550 Child Guidance and Classroom Management
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: none
3
EDEC 4320 Cultural Diversity and Family-Community Development
Students in this course will learn how to work with families and practice how to use materials in the home and community environment to foster development and the acquisition of skills. Students will examine information that can create a vital link among school, community, and home in our multiethnic society. In addition to class meetings, a minimum of 10 hours of observation and participation in a clinical setting is required.
Pre-Requisites: EDEC 3520, EDEC 3530, EDUC 3350, EECP 3550
3
EDEC 4423 Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect
This course discusses the nature, causes and effects of child abuse and neglect. Reporting responsibilities, child protection legislation and services are analyzed. Field experiences are integrated.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3321, ECDP 3334
3

Block V

Emphasis (12 credits)
Students are required to select a total of 12 credits in any of the emphasis areas. The emphasis areas provide an opportunity for studying additional areas of interest and expertise, as well as obtaining professional preparation and knowledge in the field of early childhood education and child development.

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis* (12 credits)
  • Child Development Associate** (9 credits)
  • Developmental Curriculum (12 credits)
  • Early Childhood Director's Credential (12 credits)
  • Early Literacy (12 credits)
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (12 credits)
  • Special Needs (12 credits)
Course Number Course Title Credits
ECDP 4330 Health, Nutrition, Safety and Physical Development in Early Childhood
Please refer to the Course Catalog or contact Academic Services.
Pre-Requisites: None
3
ECDP 4990 Advanced (Senior) Year Seminar
This is a senior year capstone course where students analyze advocacy and policy issues in the field of child development (birth to age eight). Students examine and identify issues related to children and their families and propose actions.
Pre-Requisites: ECDP 3321, ECDP 3334, ECDP 3338, ECDP 3340, ECDP 3345, ECDP 3349, ECDP 3500, ECDP 4100, ECDP 4423, EDEC 4320
3

ELECTIVES (15 CREDITS)

TOTAL (120 CREDITS)

* These courses are offered in collaboration with the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development.
** The curriculum for the Child Development Associate (CDA) area of emphasis includes 9 credits of CDA coursework and 3 credits of coursework from one of the other areas of emphasis.

The field experiences provide students with an opportunity to perform the duties of a child development professional within an early childhood setting. The purpose of these experiences is to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the competencies and national guidelines for early childhood professionals. Field experiences are infused into the coursework throughout the degree program.

Coursework in the bachelor of science in early child development is available for traditional students and completely online. This distance education approach allows busy professionals the option to complete their online degree in child development without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career. 

4-Year Plan of Study