B.S. Ed. Early Childhood Education (extended major)

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To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow. No minor is required for this degree; instead, you complete an 18-unit content emphasis.

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check NAUís course catalog to find out. (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 NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).


You should also be aware that you must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 in all of your NAU coursework in order to graduate. This requirement applies to all B.S.Ed. majors at NAU.


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.


Also be aware that, for the B.S.Ed. degree, you must have the following:


Candidates in the Early Childhood Education program are required to demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and skills, and professional knowledge to be eligible to enter student teaching or internship placements.  Content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge or skills are demonstrated through candidate performance on key assessments embedded in the ECI 305, ECI 309/310, ECI 312, ECI 313, ECI 314, ECI 316, ECI 490C, ECI 492, EPS 324, and BME 331W classes.

Major Requirements

You must take the following 62 units:

If you plan to apply for Arizona early childhood certification, you will have to take additional coursework. See the Early Childhood Certification heading in this section, or contact your department for details.

Content Emphasis

You must complete an 18-unit specialty known as a content emphasis. You work with your education advisor in selecting a content emphasis and determining what requirements apply.


See the B.S.Ed. in elementary education for a list of the content emphases offered through the various academic departments at NAU. Then see the appropriate section of this catalog or contact the appropriate department for specific information about each emphasis.

General Electives

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.)


Please note that you may take as an elective POS 220 (or POS 110 and 241), which satisfies the state and federal constitution requirement for Arizona certification, or you may meet the requirement by demonstrating proficiency on a special exam.


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