Family Science & Human Dev - Families, Children, and School Settings Concentration (B.A.)(Combined B.A./M.A.T with Teacher Certification in P-3 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

The Bachelor's/MAT Dual-Certification Inclusive Education Program provides students with the opportunity to receive both a bachelor's and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with teacher certification in both general education and special education.  The program is designed to help teachers develop competencies needed to teach students who have disabilities along with those who do not.

In this program, students complete general education and major requirements and an initial set of coursework in education as undergraduates. As graduate students, they will complete the coursework in education and conduct their fieldwork and student teaching.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements24
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3
Major Requirements36
Teacher Education Program Requirements54
Free Electives3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.
Family and Child Studies Core
FSHD 101Introduction to the Content Areas in Family Science and Human Development3
FSHD 248Family Life3
FSHD 304Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development3
FSHD 315Community Engagement3
or FSHD 316 Service-Learning Experiences with Families and Children
FSHD 418Working with Diverse Families and Children3
FSHD 445Poverty and Families3
Developmental Core
FSHD 214Child Development I3
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Major Electives
Complete 9 credits of any available FSHD courses.9
Total Credits36

Teacher Education Program Requirements (BA/MAT) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Child Development I (Fulfilled in the major.)
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
Second Semester Sophomore Year
Apply to the Teacher Education Program
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
PSYC 235Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
Child Development II: Adolescence (Fulfilled in the major.)
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
or SPED 279 Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education
Second Semester Junior Year
ECEL 375Special Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
ECEL 216Arts and Creative Expression in Early Childhood3
First Semester Senior Year
ECSE 328Curriculum and Pedagogy in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
ECEL 420Building Programs and Community in Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECSE 523Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts 13
ECSE 506Observation and Assessment of Young Children with Disabilities: Birth to Age 8 13
READ 519Language and Early Literacy Development 13
Total Credits54

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication
Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Philosophical Orientation to Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Mathematics in Elementary Schools I (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete one 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History
Historical Foundations of American Education (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Introduction to Psychology (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy (Fulfilled in the Teacher Education sequence.)
Total Credits24

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Poverty and Families (Fulfilled in major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
 4 6
Second Year
 EDFD 2203
 MTHM 2013
 PSYC 2353
Third Year
ECEL 2793ECEL 2163
FSHD 3143ECEL 3753
MTHM 3023ECSE 3053
READ 3993 
 12 9
Fourth Year
ECEL 4203ECSE 5063
ECSE 3283ECSE 5233
 READ 5193
 6 9
Total Credits 55
Fourth Year
ECEL 6913  
ECSE 5083  
ECSE 5803  
Fifth Year
 ECEL 5021ECEL 5043
 ECEL 5102ECEL 5116
 ECEL 5133 
 ECSE 5423 
  9 9
Total Credits 27