Early Development and Education, Minor

Program Code: ERDED_UMNR

Program Description

The Intercollege Minor in Early Development and Education builds upon existing courses across the university and especially ones found in the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Development. The minor affords the opportunity for students to study practices and policies informed by research and theory covering the period in human development from prenatal to three years. The minor prepares graduates majoring in a variety of fields such as education, human development and family studies, psychology, speech communication, nutrition, and others to have a deeper understanding of this period of the life cycle with an emphasis on the transltion of this knowledge to applied settings.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 20-21

Requirements for the Minor

Some courses may require prerequisites.

For a Minor in Early Development and Education, a minimum of 20 credits is required.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ECE 451Instruction in Early Childhood Education Derived from Development Theories3
ECE 453Parent Involvement in Home, Center, and Classroom Instruction2-3
ECE 479The Young Child's Play as Educative Processes3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CI 295Introductory Field Experience for Teacher Preparation3
or HDFS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Individual Differences and Education Keystone/General Education Course
Educational Implications of Individual Differences in Childhood Keystone/General Education Course
Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders
Developmental Considerations in the Assessment and Treatment of Language Disorders
Parent Involvement in Home, Center, and Classroom Instruction
Infant Development
Experience in Preschool Groups
Select 3 credits from Treatment of Language Disorders:3
Child Development
Psychological Intervention in Childhood
Early Special Education

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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University Park

228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802