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2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Early Childhood (B.S.Ed.) - Preschool To Grade 3 (Licensure)

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Program: B.S.Ed.
School of Education  

Neff Hall 240 ~ 260-481-4146 

The Early Childhood Education preschool to Grade 3 major shapes the next generation of educators, preparing skilled teachers to facilitate learning experiences in diverse and inclusive environments. Our program is child-centered and dedicated to the development and learning of all young children in grades PK through Third Grade using current theoretical frameworks, social/emotional and content learning, and culturally relevant practices. Your skills will always be in demand and your expertise will truly make the difference in the life of a child.

The early childhood education preschool to grade 3 program has two options:

Option 1: a 4-year option where all courses may be completed at Purdue University Fort Wayne
Option 2: a transfer option is a 60-credit program that begins with the acquisition of an Associate of Science in early childhood education.  Most students acquire the A.S. at Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University where students can earn a Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) degree which completes the first 60 credits of the 120 credits needed to earn the BSED in early childhood education P-3 degree in most cases (provided that you earn a grade of C or better in all of your transfer courses).  If you have earned the TSAP associate’s degree in early childhood education from either Ivy Tech or Vincennes University, please visit the TSAP page in this catalog for more direct information and degree requirements.

Each option affords students the opportunity to earn a teaching license through the Indiana Department of Education. The curriculum for both options includes classroom instruction and field experiences in local early childhood settings, and addresses the developmental and learning capabilities and needs of children from birth through age eight. Coursework will include:

• Child growth and development
• Family and community relationships
• Designing generous, amiable, engaging, and developmental environments for young children

You will spend time in classrooms under the supervision of highly qualified teachers and supervisors, interacting with children in each of the two age groups (preschool and elementary primary) and settings (e.g., childcare, Head Start, elementary school). Your studies will also provide a solid background in the liberal arts.

To earn the B.S.Ed. in early childhood education, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the School of Education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a major in Early Childhood students will:

  • understand child development, multiple influences on it, and how to use this information to create challenging learning environments
  • create and value reciprocal relationships with children’s families and community members to support children.
  • use child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment in responsible ways to positively influence the development of every child
  • know, understand, and use a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to faciliate development and learning
  • use knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for every young child
  • demonstrate being a member of the early childhood profession who uses ethical guidelines and professional standards; is a continuous, collaborative learner; reflects on practice; and is an informed advocate. 


The Early Childhood Education Preschool to Grade 3 program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and nationally recognized as a high-quality program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for the early childhood education teaching license in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery

This program is available on campus (first 2 years) and online (last 2 years) with some courses also available on campus. 

Declaring This Major

You must declare this major with the School of Education

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General Education Requirements: Credits 33

Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills

1. Written Communication

2. Speaking and Listening

3. Quantitative Reasoning

Category B: Ways of Knowing

5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

Category C: Capstone

8. Capstone Experience

  • Refer to approved list Recommend 

Pre-professional Educational Requirements: Credits 12

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.

Student Teaching: Credits 12

To begin your student teaching semester, take licensure exams, complete each course with a C- or higher (EDU courses may be repeated up to one time to earn a minimum grade), and have an overall GPA of 2.70.

Elective: (2 credits to reach 120 for degree)

Total: Credits 120 minimum


Associate of Science Total Credits: 60

At least 60 credits must be earned in an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education before entering the program below.

Supporting Courses: Credits 12

Early Childhood Major Requirements: Credits 36

Criminal History Background reports must be ordered by the students each year they are taking EDU courses that require field placements in school settings.

Student Teaching Credits: 12

For admission to your student teaching semester, take licensure exams, complete each course with a C- or higher (EDU courses may be repeated up to one time to earn a minimum grade), and have an overall GPA of 2.70.

Total Credits: 120 (including 60 credits from Associate of Science)

Note: Some individual courses are available during the summer.

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean. 

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