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. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are ECED 3296 and SPED 4198.

College Requirements

Required Courses

Program and Major Requirements

Program and Major Requirements for the BSEd in Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4)

Course Number

Course Title


ECED 2101

Child Development, Birth to Nine2,3


ECED 2104

Integrating the Arts into Early Childhood Education


ECED 2105

Cognition and Learning in the Classroom3


ECED 2106

Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood: Birth through Kindergarten3


ECED 3106

Literacy Foundations for the Primary Grades: First Grade through Fourth Grade


ECED 3107

Learning Mathematics for the Primary Grades: First through Fourth Grade1


ECED 3109

Science for the Early Years


ECED 3207

Mathematics and Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge


ECED 3208

Social Studies for the Early Years, Pre K-4


ECED 3296

Differentiated Reading Instruction in the Early Grades


ECED 4106

The Learning Community: Family and Community Relationships


EDUC 2103

Socio-cultural Foundations of Education in the United States3


MATH 1015

Introduction to Numbers & Figures1,3


MATH 1021 OR
EDUC 1017

College Algebra OR
Algebra and Algebraic Thinking for Educators1


SPED 2231

Introduction to Inclusive Education2


SPED 3211

Effective Instructional Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities


SPED 4103

Classroom Management and Positive Behavior Support


SPED 4198

Literacy Instruction and Assessment in Special Education


TESL 3631

Principles and Practice for Teaching English Learners2


Practicum and Student Teaching

ECED 2187

Practicum for Pre-K and Kindergarten3


ECED 3187

Practicum for the Primary Grades


ECED 3287

Practicum II for the Primary Grades


ECED 4187

Senior Practicum in Early Childhood Education


ECED 4802

Senior Seminar I in Early Childhood Education


ECED 4803

Senior Seminar II in Early Childhood Education


ECED 4588

Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education


Total Credit Hours


Lists the courses required for the program and major in Early Childhood-Elementary Education (PreK-4)

Completion of 1) MATH 1015, 2) MATH 1021 or EDUC 1017 and 3) ECED 3107 constitute the waiver for the GenEd Quantitative Literacy (GQ) category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.
2 Completion of 1) SPED 2231, 2) ECED 2101 and 3) TESL 3631 constitute the waiver for the GenEd Human Behavior (GB) category if the courses are completed with a C- or better.
These courses must be completed with a C- or better to be eligible for Candidacy approval. Pre-Candidacy coursework includes a variety of courses, including a minimum of 1) two college-level math courses totaling at least six credits, 2) one college-level writing/composition course with a minimum of three credits (GenEd Analytical Reading and Writing), and 3) one literature course with a minimum of three credits (Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life or  Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good; no 0700 or pre-college level courses can count toward these requirements.

Note: About Summer II / Fall 2020 Program Changes

In response to changes in certification requirements issued by the Pennslyvania Department of Education, the College of Education and Human Development has modified the program requirements for several academic programs.  These changes, as approved by Temple's Board of Trustees, are effective for students beginning their program in Summer II 2020 or Fall 2020 and beyond.  To ensure students can adequately plan their course of study, the college is posting the revised program requirements.  This information will remain available until the updated 2020-2021 Temple Bulletin is published in August 2020. 

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Program Contact

Annemarie Hindman, associate professor of psychological studies in education, is faculty coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program.
Phone: 215-204-5589