The ECFS major has developed two pathways for students to pursue their degree program in the College of Education at the University of Washington.  The foundations of both pathways are the same in content and are required for the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) major in Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) in the Core Pathway and in the Teaching & Learning Option Pathway. 

Early Childhood & Family Studies Major Core Pathway (download list): 

Required for admission (Complete list of admission requirements)

  • ECFS 200  Introduction to Early Childhood & Family Studies (service learning) (3 CR, a grade of 2.0 or higher required)
  • An English Composition course (5 CR, a grade of 2.0 or higher required)

Required Courses 

  • ECFS 303  Community Engagement (3 CR) 
  • EDPSY 302  Child Development (5 CR)
  • ECFS 311 Teaching from the Inside Out:  Being a Resilient Educator (3 CR)
  • EDUC 251 Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (5 CR)
  • EDPSY 406  Learning and Teaching in our Changing World (5 CR)
  • NSG 432  Infants & Young Children: Risk & Resilience (5 CR)
  • One of the following
    • ECFS 419  Family & Community Influences on the Young Child (5 CR)
    • ECFS 315  Parenting and Child Development: Influences of Poverty, Immigration, and Culture in the Earliest Years of Life (5 CR)
    • ECFS 320  Childhood in Cultural Context: Theory and Practice (5 CR)
  • One of the following
    • EDSPE 304  Exceptional Children (3 CR)
    • EDSPE 414  Issues and Trends in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3 CR)  
    • EDSPE 427  Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (5 CR)
    • EDSPE 435  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (5 CR) 
  • ECFS 401  Understanding Early Childhood & Family Studies Research (5 CR)
  • ECFS 402  Social Policy & Young Children and Families (5 CR)
  • ECFS 403  Senior Capstone (3 CR)
  • Approved electives (25 CR) (download approved electives)

Early Childhood & Family Studies Major Teaching & Learning Pathway (download list): 

Required for Admission (Complete list of admission requirements)

  • ECFS 200  Introduction to Early Childhood & Family Studies (service learning) (3 CR, a grade of 2.0 or higher required)
  • An English Composition course (5 CR, a grade of 2.0 or higher required)

Required courses 

  • ECFS 303  Community Engagement (3 CR) 
  • EDPSY 302  Child Development (5 CR)
  • ECFS 311 Teaching from the Inside Out:  Being a Resilient Educator (3 CR)
  • EDUC 251 Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (5 CR)
  • EDPSY 406  Learning and Teaching in our Changing World (5 CR)
  • NSG 432  Infants & Young Children:  Risk & Resilience (5 CR)
  • One of the following
    • ECFS 419  Family & Community Influences on the Young Child (5 CR)
    • ECFS 315  Parenting and Child Development: Influences of Poverty, Immigration, and Culture in the Earliest Years of Life (5 CR)
    • ECFS 320  Childhood in Cultural Context: Theory and Practice (5 CR)
  • One of the following
    • EDSPE 304  Exceptional Children (3 CR)
    • EDSPE 414  Issues and Trends in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (3 CR)  
    • EDSPE 427  Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis (5 CR)
    • EDSPE 435  Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders (5 CR) 
  • ECFS 401  Understanding Early Childhood & Family Studies Research (5 CR)
  • ECFS 402  Social Policy & Young Children and Families (5 CR)

Teaching & Learning courses 

  • ECFS 301  Early Childhood Curriculum (5 CR)
  • ECFS 312  Positive Behavioral Support in Early Childhood (3 CR)
  • ECFS 321  Engaging Interactions & Environments (3 CR)
  • ECFS 400  Child Observation & Assessment (5 CR)
  • ECFS 410  Language & Literacy in the Preschool (5 CR)
  • ECFS 411  Young Children's Mathematics & Science (5 CR) 
  • EDUC 170  Math for Elementary School Teachers (5 CR)

Teaching & Learning Capstone courses

  • ECFS 454  Senior Project 1 (2 CR)
  • ECFS 455  Senior Project 2 (2 CR)
  • ECFS 456  Senior Project 3 (2 CR)

 

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