Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(12 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ECED 1015 Activity Ideas
ECED 1110 Language Arts
ECED 1115 Special Education
ECED 1120 Child, Family and Community
ECED 1125 Child Development
ECED 1610 Health in Early Childhood
ECED 1620 Foundations of Early Childhood
ECED 1630 Practices and Assessments in Early Childhood
ECED 1631 Practices and Assessments in Early Childhood Lab
ECED 1640 Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum Planning
ECED 1641 Early Childhood Methods and Curriculum Planning Lab
ECED 2900 Internship
Total Credits: 30  
 
Elective Courses
(these courses are not required but are recommended)
Recommended Elective Courses
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ECED 1105 Guiding Children's Behavior
ECED 1150 Children's Mental Health
ECED 1410 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
ECED 1420 Bullying: An Educator's Role
ECED 1430 Assistive Technology in Early Childhood Special Education
ECED 1440 Creating an Inclusive Early Childhood Environment
EDA 1020 Sign Language I
EDA 1155 Crisis Intervention
GSWS 1451 First Aid/Safety
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(select 9 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
ENGL 122 College Composition II: Writing with Sources
Total Credits: 9  
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 4  
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
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Total Credits: 4  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
Choose 3-4 credits from Goal Area 5.
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Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
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Total Credits: 3  
 
General Education Elective Courses
(select 5 credits from the courses below)
Choose at least one course from Goal areas 7, 8, 9 or 10.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ART 120 Introduction to Art Studio
ART 226 Elementary Art Education
BIOL 100 Introduction to Biology
ENVS 141 Environmental Science
ESCI 110 Physical Geology
ESCI 112 Introduction to Meteorology
ESCI 113 Introduction to Astronomy
ESCI 114 Natural Disasters
GEOG 140 Introduction to Geography
HIST 111 United States History to 1865
MUSC 123 Fundamentals of Music
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 263 Developmental Psychology
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 107 Marriage and Family Living
SOC 242 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Total Credits: 5  
 
General Education Elective Courses
General Education credits must add up to 30 credits from all Goal areas.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 2  
 
Elective Courses
MnTC Recommended Courses:
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General Education Elective Courses
Students planning to pursue the BS degree in Early Childhood Education from Southwest Minnesota State University should complete these additional requirements at Ridgewater College: Full completion of the MN Transfer Curriculum (a minimum of 40 general education credits). 4 additional credits of a lab science for a total of 8, one course from Group A and Group B. 3 additional credits in Goal 5 for a total of 9 credits - courses must come from 2 disciplines. 3 additional credits in Goal 6 for a total of 9 credits - courses must come from 2 disciplines. Completion of at least 1 course each in Goals 7, 8, 9 & 10 - courses may be cross-listed with Goals 3-6).
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
 
Total AS Degree Credits: 60