Early Childhood Education

Students successfully completing the Early Childhood Education program will have acquired the requisite skills for obtaining employment or advancement in the field of early childhood care and education. This program includes both an academic foundation and methods courses to provide a balanced, research-based program to prepare highly-qualified early childhood practitioners. Area Head Start classrooms and licensed registered child care facilities will serve as lab sites for students.

Student Outcomes

  • Apply knowledge of how children develop and integrate opportunities that support the physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, and aesthetic development of children from birth through age eight.
  • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, instruction, and assessment, based on knowledge of individual children, special needs, culture, the importance of play, and Montana’s Early Learning Standards and content.
  • Integrate individual and group positive child guidance techniques that foster healthy and supportive relationships with and among children, promoting positive strategies that will develop personal self-control and self-esteem in children, including children that are differently able.
  • Establish and maintain positive family, community, and professional relationships by communicating effectively, demonstrating sensitivity to differences, and involving families in planning for their children.
  • Identify effective administrative skills, professional development needs, legal issues, resource information, state and national regulations, and other opportunities that would provide quality programs and services for young children.

Career Opportunities

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Recommended Electives

  • AIS 110 Introduction to Stick Games (1 cr) AIS
  • HTH 201 Health Issues for Educators (3cr)
  • MUS 101 Music Appreciation (3cr)
  • ART 102 Fund of Art for Elem Teacher (3cr)
  • LIT 110 Intro to Lit (3cr)
  • AIS 225 American Indian Lit (3cr)


Early Childhood Education: Fall Semester (First Year)

GS 110Finding Place1
EDEC 100Intro to EC w/Lab4
PSYX 100Intro to Psychology3
BIOB 160/L160Prin of Living Sys/Lab 3/1
WRIT 101 College Writing I3
Semester Total15

Early Childhood Education: Spring Semester (First Year)

AIS 100Introduction to AIS3
Communication ElectiveCOMX 115 Interpersonal Comm. or COMX 111 Public Speaking3
GE ElectiveHumanities/Fine Art Elective3
M 121College Algebra4
WRIT 201College Writing II3
Semester Total16

Early Childhood Education: Fall Semester (Second Year)

EDEC 210Meeting the Needs of Fam3
EDEC 220Curriculum & Environment3
AIS 150/155Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang I3
M 130 Math for Elem Teachers3
PSYX 230Developmental Psychology3
Semester Total15

Early Childhood Education: Spring Semester (Second Year)

EPYC 250Exceptional Children3
EDEC 230Guiding the Young Child3
EDEC 290Field Experience3
LIT 282Children’s Literature3
AIS 140/141Nakoda/Aaniiih Hist/Culture3
Semester Total15
Degree Total61
NOTE: If placement test scores indicate refresher classes are needed, the student’s program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors.