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2015-2016 USC Sumter Bulletin (Archived Copy) 
    
 
  Jun 23, 2018
 
2015-2016 USC Sumter Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]

Early Childhood Education, B.A.



Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education should be able to …

  • use their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs, and of multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning, to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.
  • know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities.
  • know about and understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
  • integrate their understanding of and relationships with children and families; their understanding of developmentally effective approaches to teaching and learning; and their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for all children.
  • identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession. They know and use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Degree Requirements (123-132 Hours)

See College of Education  for professional program admissions requirements, certification requirements, and other academic opportunities.

(Total semester hours: 123-132)

  1. Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education (31-43 Hours)
  2. Additional Required Courses (6 Hours)
  3. Specialized Content Preparation (15 Hours)
  4. Education (71 Hours)

1. Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education (31-43 Hours)


I. Lower Division (28-34 Hours)


CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for CMW - Grade of C or Better Required

ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6 Hours)


  • Select any two Carolina Core approved courses for ARP

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7 hours)


Complete 7 hours in Science as follows:

Physical Science/Earth Science


3-4 hours from the following:

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 Hours, depending on placement test)


  • To meet the GFL requirement, students in the BA in Early Childhood Education complete the Carolina Core approved courses in Foreign Language (GFL) or by achieving a score of 2 or better on a USC foreign language placement test.

GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 Hours)


Complete 3 hours (one course) from:

GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 Hours)


Complete 3 hours (once course) from:

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)


  • Selected any Carolina Core approved course for AIU 

II. Lower Division: Stand-alone or Overlay-Eligible Courses (3-9 Hours)


Up to two of these three requirements may be met in overlay courses. For up to two instances, a Carolina Core course meeting another core requirement may also meet one of these requirements, provided the course is approved to meet both.

CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for CMS

INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for INF

VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (0-3 Hours)


  • Select any Carolina Core approved course for VSR

2. Additional Required Courses (6 Hours)


  • A course (3 Hours) in culture other than Western European (Must be in addition to courses taken to meet Carolina Core requirements.)
  • Electives (3 Hours)
    • If the number of hours used to meet the Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education section exceeds 31, those hours above 31 can be used to meet the required elective hours. If only 31 hours are used to meet the Carolina Core Plus Early Childhood General Education section, then the required elective hours must be in addition to the Carolina Core.

3. Specialized Content Preparation (15 Hours)


Must be in addition to courses taken to meet Carolina Core requirements.

Grade of C or better required.

4. Education (71 Hours)


Grade of C or better required.

A. Education Core (14 Hours)


    B. Early Childhood Core (40 Hours)


      C. Practicum and Internship Experiences (17 Hours)


        Minor (Optional)


        A student may choose to complete a minor consisting of 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.