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Early Childhood Education, Grades PreK-3

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The early childhood education program includes study and practice of specialized teaching methods appropriate for young children and a broad range of content preparation.

At Lander, we work closely with public school officials to maintain a curriculum that enables you to obtain the knowledge and skills needed to meet the challenges of teaching. As a student in our teacher education program, you'll take a sequence of courses from general education, specialized content, professional education and a series of field experiences that culminate with student teaching.

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, a nationally recognized model which outlines teacher competencies "to ensure that every K-12 student reaches the goal of being ready to enter college or the workforce in today's world." InTASC Standards, listed below, provide direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment:

  1. Learner Development
  2. Learning Differences
  3. Learning Environments
  4. Content Knowledge
  5. Application of Content
  6. Assessment
  7. Planning for Instruction
  8. Instructional Strategies
  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
  10. Leadership and Collaboration


The Early Childhood Education program is available in-person and online

We understand that for working adults, taking courses online may be the best path to their degree. The Early Childhood Education program has coursework available online for learners who have earned an A.A., A.S., or an A.A.S. degree in Early Care and Education.

How do the online courses work?

Learners who transfer to Lander with an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. in Early Care in Education can expect to complete their degree in two years. Students in this program complete their coursework online and complete their field and clinical experiences in their local school districts. The program prepares candidates to earn initial certification in South Carolina in Early Childhood education. 


Transfer Pathway Guides

Lander University has developed articulation agreements with the South Carolina State Technical College system to improve students’ transition from a technical college to Lander University.

Below is the Suggested Course Sequence to help students progress smoothly through the technical college of their choice and Lander University to earn both an Associate Degree and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (LU). All courses listed are required for the degrees, except those where a range of courses is available to choose from, or where courses are listed as electives. The course sequence shown is an example and may be modified in some cases. Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure the chosen courses keep them on track for a timely graduation.



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.



A. Core Skills


ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
HIST 101 Western Civilization to 1600
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization 1600-1918
OR HIST 111 U.S. History to 1877
OR HIST 111R U.S. History to 1877
HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 112R U.S. History since 1877
HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations 1600-present
Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning
Approved Science or Mathematics 3
Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States
HIST 111R2

United States History to 1877
HIST 112R2 United States History since 1877
POLS 101R2 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement
FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events (Temporarily suspended)


Total General Education Requirements 35

1 For approved courses see the General Education section
If you already have credit for HIST 111, do not take HIST 111R; if you already have credit for HIST 112, do not take HIST 112R; if you already have credit for POLS 101, do not take POLS 101R



EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
ECED 222 Child Growth and Development 3
ECED 227 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
MATH 203 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
MONT 474 Foundations of Reading Montessori Classroom 3
SPED 223 Pre K-12 Student Diverse Learning Needs 3

Professional Education Content Preparation
These courses can be taken by students only after acceptance into the Professional Program (Candidate Status)
EDUC 300 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDUC 302 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 306 STEAM Instructional Design 3
EDUC 345 Instructional Practices of Teaching Reading 3
ECED 307 Health and Movement for Childhood 3
ECED 322 Science Pedagogy for Early Childhood 3
ECED 323 Math Pedagogy for Early Childhood 3
ECED 329 Field Experience II 2

Professional Education Yearlong Internship
These courses must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence.

Fall Semester Courses:
ECED 405 Children and Families 3
ECED 429 Clinical Practice A 3
ECED 427 Social Studies for Early Childhood 3
SPED 321 Assessing and Teaching Reading to Needs 3

Spring Semester Courses:
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
Total Major Requirements 75
Additional Electives 10


*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.


  • Junior Year: Application for admission to Professional Program in Teacher Education, State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core); cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses