Child Development & Family Relations
       BS in Birth Through Kindergarten Teacher Education

The birth through kindergarten (BK) major prepares individuals to work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners (i.e., ALL young children) with and without disabilities, including those at risk, and their families. In addition to working in public school classrooms, BK program graduates may find employment in early intervention programs, child care and education centers, residential placement centers, and other child and family settings. With increasing numbers of preschool children being served in public schools, the need for individuals with a BK license exceeds the supply. Students will also gain valuable hands-on experience while working in the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center.

**Please note that this is a recommended sequence. Check catalog for prerequisites. Course availability may vary from semester to semester.
 
  • Freshman Year
  • Sophomore Year
  • Junior Year
  • Senior Year
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
ENGL 1100
3
ENGL 1200
3
 
BIOL Science w/Lab
3,1
Physical Science
4
 
CDFR 1103
3
HLTH 1000
2
 
POLS 1010
3
MATH 1065 or 2127
3
 
PSYC 1000
3
CDFR 2000
3
 
EXSS 1000
1
 
 
Total
16
Total
16
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 2123, 2124
1, 2
CDFR 3321
3
 
CDFR 3150
3
GEOG 1000 or ANTH 1050,2010 or 2200
3
 
History
3
EDUC 3200
3
 
EDUC 3002
3
CDFR 3306
3
 
CDFR 2001
3
COMM 2410, 2420 or 2020
3
 
SPED 2000
2
Elective
2
 
Total
17
Total
17
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
CDFR 4121
3
CDFR 3215
3
 
CDFR 4200
3
CDFR 4122
3
 
CDFR 4408
3
CDFR 4300
3
 
SPED 3005
3
ENGL Literature
3
 
MUSC 3018
3
Humanities or Fine Arts
1
 
Elective
2
 
Total
15
Total
15
 
FALL SEMESTER
SPRING SEMESTER
 
 
#CDFR 4320
1
#CDFR 4324
10
 
#CDFR 4123
3
#CDFR 4325
2
 
READ 3301
3
CDFR 4406
3
 
#EDUC 4400
3
 
#EDTC 4001
2
 
Elective
3
 
Total
15
Total
15
# Prerequisite: Admission to Upper Division Apply to Upper Division in second semester sophomore or first semester junior year. Complete Senior Summary during semester you apply for Senior 1.
 

There are two different ways individuals can earn a BS in Birth-Kindergarten Education. The first is a traditional face-to-face program delivered on campus; the second is a degree completion program delivered via distance education.

The degree completion program is delivered entirely online to residents of North Carolina only. Non-residents are not eligible for admission to the program and may not register for BK classes delivered online.
Check out our Community College Transfer Guide
 
Click here if you are interested in seeking BK Licensure.
 
Admission Requirements:
Freshmen may declare BK as their major. Prior to enrolling in certain courses, students must be admitted to Upper Division in Teacher Education. Upper Division is the official step in applying and being formally admitted into a teacher education program.
Other Requirements: Upon completion of their course work, students are also required to complete a year-long internship (student teaching) in a public school setting.
 
Click here to apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admissions into your desired program of study.
 
Standards, Accreditations and Certifications
At ECU, teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Students who successfully complete all requirements for the Birth-Kindergarten (BK) major will be recommended for a North Carolina teaching license in BK. For state-approved (NCDPI) content standards for BK teacher candidates, click here.
 
ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program.
     
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