Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
We offer this academic plan for nontraditional students who have earned the appropriate associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree. Please be aware that this degree does not result in state teaching certification.
To earn the B.A.S. degree with a specialization in early childhood education, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
64 units in an associate degree transfer block
at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements, 16-20 of which will be satisfied by associate degree transfer block
at least 21 units of B.A.S. core requirements
at least 21 units of early childhood specialization requirements
elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
Also note that at least 36 units of the courses you take at NAU must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above), and you must meet all residency and other upper-division requirements as specified in this catalog.
You should also be aware that you must complete an approved A.A.S. degree before you can be admitted to this B.A.S. plan.
Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.
To be admitted to the B.A.S. in early childhood education, you must have completed an associate degree in early childhood or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited institution.
NAU accepts a maximum block transfer of 64 units from your associate degree program, and you then take the remaining 56 units at NAU to complete 120 units. (Please note that if you complete all required core, specialization, and liberal studies requirements in less than 56 units, you may take the remaining units from any courses offered by NAU.)
NAU requires that you complete 35 units of liberal studies coursework. To enter this B.A.S. plan without deficiencies, you must have completed, as part of your associate degree, at least 16-20 units of liberal studies coursework that transfer to NAU. These courses must include composition, mathematics, and a lab science as well as 3-6 units of additional liberal studies coursework.
You select the remaining 15-19 units of liberal studies courses in consultation with a B.A.S. advisor to help you meet your personal goals and ensure that these courses contribute to a coherent overall curriculum.
Please note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a liberal studies and a B.A.S. core requirement; you may also include courses with the course prefixes used in the early childhood specialization to satisfy liberal studies requirements, although you canít use the specific courses from your specialization.
You take the following 21 units, which are designed to help you acquire a general knowledge of management, organizational, and policy issues while advancing your professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills:
one course from BME 420, CCJ 345W, ENG 305W, and SC 314, 315, 424, 472, 475, 477 (3 units)
public administration and management block:
one course from BME 480; CCJ 331, 333; HA 345; HS 410; MGT 303; PAS/POS 325, 326, 327, or 421C; PAS 401 or PAS 408C; POS 344, 359 or 428; and SOC 334 or 431 (3 units)
values, ethics, and policy block:
one course from BME 310; SHP 300W; CCJ 315, 325, 380, or 450C; HUM 345W, 371, or 373; PAS 411; PHI 332W; or SOC 301, 333, 339, or 441 (3 units)
technical, quantitative, qualitative and science block:
one course from BIO 301 and 302; CIS 360; CCJ 355; ECI 497C; ESE 380; HS 333; MAT 114; PAS 355; POS 303; SOC 365; or PAS 356
6 units from any of the previously listed courses in the core blocks
a junior writing course, as specified within the requirements for each individual B.A.S. specialization (3 units)
Please note that at least 18 units in the core must be upper-division (300-400 level) courses.
Also note that you may use the same course to satisfy both a B.A.S. core and a liberal studies requirement. Some departments may require specific courses to be taken in the B.A.S. Core or may place other restrictions on the courses that the department requires in the B.A.S. Core. Please see departmental requirements for specific information.
You take the following 21 units:
ECI 305, 309, 316 and 312 (12 units)
EPS 324 (3 units)
ESE 436 (3 units)
ECI 497C, which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement (3 units)
You may not use a specific course from your specialization to satisfy a liberal studies requirement, although you may use other courses with the course prefixes used in your specialization.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
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