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2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Options

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The College of Education provides a few different options in early childhood at the University of Wyoming.

Early Childhood Education minor:

Students in related bachelor’s degree programs take an additional 22 credits (7 or 8 courses) of specified coursework to complete and earn the minor. This minor does not need to include an option from the following lists, but it can. If a student chooses an internship as the elective course, then that student is eligible for option 1 or 2 below. (The College of Education teaches 15-18 of the required 22 credits)

Minor Option 1: Early Childhood Education B-5 licensure:

Students in the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) degree (and other related degree options) take additional credits/courses (6 credits from either EDEC 4580/EDEC 5580 or FCSC 4130 internship *this internship could be included within the minor program making it +3 total credits) to earn licensure through several pathways (see below). *Additional to the stand alone minor but must be enrolled in minor. (Can lead to PTSB initial licensure)

i. HDFS students minor in early childhood leads (includes 6 credits of internship - offered by FCS) to B-5 licensure

ii. Professional Child Development (online degree) - no minor because all minor courses are required for major (includes 6 credits of internship offered - by FCS) to B-5 licensure

iii. Other related majors complete the minor and internship EDEC 4580 for B-5 licensure

Minor Option 2: Early Childhood Education B-8 endorsement:

Students in the Elementary Education degree program take an additional 7 courses to earn this add on endorsement. *Additional to the stand alone minor but must be enrolled in minor.

i. Elem Ed students who student teach in a K-3 setting and complete all minor coursework and the internship EDEC 4580 (6 credits) are eligible to earn the endorsement; 7 courses

Non-degree seeking student Early Childhood Education options:

There are two options for non-degree seeking students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. These are noted on the ECE Minor ACALOG page, but these students are not undergraduates and not enrolled in the minor.

  • B-8 endorsement for any non-degree seeking student who already holds an elementary K-6 license can take the required 19 credits of coursework and a 6-credit internship EDEC 4580 to qualify for a B-8 endorsement.
  • B-5 initial teacher license option for non degree seeking students holding a bachelor’s degree in a related area (Human Development, Psychology, Communication Disorders, etc) and complete an internship EDEC 4580 in a B-5 setting. (Can lead to PTSB initial licensure)

Early Childhood Special Education B-5 endorsement:

Post-baccalaureate students who already have an Elementary Education, Family Consumer Sciences/Child Development, or other related degree have the option to take an additional 8 courses (26 credits) to earn this add on endorsement. (Can lead to PTSB certification)

This is a pre-k program and does not prepare candidates to work in kindergarten or primary grade classrooms.

For more information, visit the web page (www.uwyo.edu/ste/early-childhood-education/early-childhood-special-education.html)

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