Curriculum and Instruction

WIU-QC Sequence of Coursework - Early Childhood Education

AAT Candidates transferring from Black Hawk

Semester 1 - Fall Semester 2 - Spring

LLA 311 (Literature for Young Children, 3 s.h.)
ECH 351 (Science and Math for Young Children, 4 s.h.)
ECH 353 (Methods/Teaching Soc. Studies & Creative Exp,4 s.h.)
ECH 355 (Organization & Adm. of Preprimary Learning Envir.,2 s.h.)
ECH 380 (Field Work, ECH I. 1 s.h)

14 s.h.

RDG 382 (Literacy Development: Birth - Preschool -3 s.h.)
SPED 310 (The Exceptional Individual, 3 s.h.)
CSD 312 (Normal Development of Speech and Language, 3 s.h.)
*C&I 476g (Parent/community Involvement, 3 s.h.)

12 s.h.

Semester 3 - Fall Semester 4 - Spring

RDG 383 (Literacy Instruction in the Early Grades, 3 s.h.)
SCED 352 (Methods/Teaching Science in Primary Grades, 3 s.h.)
SSED 354 (Methods/Teaching Soc. Studies in Primary Grades, 3 s.h.)
ECH 381 (Field Work, ECH II, 1 s.h.)
ECH 356 (The Learning Environment, K-Primary, 2 s.h.)

13 s.h.

RDG 432 (Introduction To Corrective Rdg in ECH, 3 s.h.)
ECH 480 (Field Work in ECH III, 3 s.h.)
Math 362 (Teaching Math in Primary Grades, 3 s.h.)
ECH 474 (Early Childhood Assessment, 3 s.h.)

12 s.h.

Semester 5 - Fall  

Student Teaching (16 weeks)
ECH 410 (Senior Seminar in ECH, 1 s.h.)


*AAT candidates not seeking the early childhood special education approval do not need to complete C&I 476. AAT candidates who wish to earn the Early Childhood Special Education Approval will need to complete C&I 476. (C&I 476 is included in the coursework that has been approved by Illinois State Board of Education for WIU that enables candidates to meet the requirements for the Early Childhood Special Education Approval. This approval allows certified teachers to teach early childhood special education non-categorical settings for children up to the age of 6.)

Field Experiences

ECH 380 (Field Work in Early Childhood Education, I): Candidates visit and participate in a number of pre-primary classrooms and centers.

ECH 381 (Field Work in Early Childhood Education, II): Candidates assist a K-3 classroom teacher and work with individual or small groups of children.

ECH 480 (Field Work in Early Childhood Education , III): Candidates spend half days in a pre-primary and primary classroom for thirteen weeks, teaching a variety of lessons.

Student Teaching: Candidates complete eight weeks in a pre-primary classroom and eight weeks in a primary classroom. Candidates also enroll in ECH 410 (Senior Seminary in Early Childhood Education) this semester. IN ECH 410, candidates correspond with an early childhood faculty member via email as they complete the Western Teacher Work Sample.