Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4)

The Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4) program is designed to prepare teachers to work in programs serving children in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, primary, and early intermediate grades. The program aims to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of child development and learning, build conceptual and practical expertise about effective instruction, acquire a sound philosophy of education, and develop personally and professionally.

One hallmark of the program is the variety of exciting and diverse field experiences. By working directly with children several times prior to student teaching, students in the program gain hands-on experience with children of various ages and backgrounds, gaining insight into the creation of effective learning situations which meet the needs of all learners. 

Summary of Requirements

University Requirements

  • All new students are required to complete the university's General Education (GenEd) curriculum (except where a waiver is noted)
  • All students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive (WI) courses at Temple University.

College Requirements

  • Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses; for further details, see "Candidacy" under College Requirements.
  • Additional University and College requirements are located on the College of Education's Academic Policies and Regulations page in this Bulletin.

Suggested Academic Plan

B.S.ED. in Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4)

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

(Certain courses require that a student secure clearances as per the College of Education policy; students should check the current list of courses that require clearances found on the College of Education Blackboard Undergraduate Community.)

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]14
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
MATH 1015Introduction to Numbers Figures1,24
 Term Credit Hours17
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]13
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective. The following are suggested:3
U.S. History to 1877 
Survey of American Literature I 
Introduction to Sociology 
Introduction to Linguistics 
Effective Use of Instructional Technology in Classrooms 
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
Select one of the following:1,24
College Algebra 
Algebra and Algebraic Thinking for Educators 
ECED 2101Child Development, Birth to Nine1,33
EDUC 2103Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States13
SPED 2231Introduction to Inclusive Education1,33
 Term Credit Hours16
ECED 2105Cognition and Learning in the Classroom13
ECED 2106Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through Kindergarten13
ECED 2108Engaging Children in the Learning Process through Classroom Management13
ECED 2187Practicum for Pre-K and Kindergarten13
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
ECED 3106Literacy Foundations for the Primary Grades: First Grade through Fourth Grade3
ECED 3107Learning Mathematics for the Primary Grades: First through Fourth Grade23
ECED 3108Social Studies for the Early Years, Pre K-43
ECED 3109Science for the Early Years3
ECED 3187Practicum for the Primary Grades3
 Term Credit Hours15
ECED 3205Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
ECED 3209Teaching English Language Learners in the Early Grades33
ECED 3296Differentiated Reading Instruction in the Early Grades [WI]3
SPED 3211Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
ECED 4101Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education3
ECED 4102Children's Literature: Pre-K through Fourth Grade3
SPED 4105Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education3
ECED 4106The Learning Community: Family and Community Relationships3
SPED 4196Literacy Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities [WI]3
 Term Credit Hours15
ECED 4588Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education9
ECED 4801Senior Seminar and Performance Assessment in Early Childhood Education3
 Term Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours: 120

Course must be successfully completed to be eligible for Candidacy approval.


These three courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy category when the GPA requirement is met.


These three courses constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior category when the GPA requirement is met.