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Early Childhood Education UM-Western BS

This program of study is designed for students planning to apply to the UM Western – Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Students may begin pursuit of a baccalaureate degree from UM-Western by following the plan of study below. By completing the plan of study, students can be dually enrolled into UM-Western’s Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program.


Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Estimated costs are for the Great Falls College portion of this plan of study. Please contact the partnering school for information on the estimated cost of classes there.

Tution and Fees $6,510
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $105
Books/Supplies $2,460
Total $9,105

Fall 2017 MUS Student Health Insurance Premiums will be changing. Please check the Health Insurance website and/or Student Central for confirmed premium rates. Students will be charged an additional fee of $21 per credit for online/hybrid courses.

Many students need preliminary math and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

If you are interested in completing an Associate of Arts with Great Falls College MSU, please contact your advisor to determine the additional courses needed.

I. Montana University System Core Courses - 31-32 semester hours

Communication - 6 Credits (3 credits written, 3 credits verbal)

WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3

Mathematics - 3-4 Credits

Select one of the following:
M 105Contemporary Mathematics3
M 121College Algebra **,+3
M 151Precalculus **,+4
M 171Calculus I **,+4

Humanities/Fine Arts - 6 Credits

Select one of the following:
MUSI 101Enjoyment of Music +3
MUSI 103Fundamntls of Musical Creation +3
MUSI 203American Popular Music +3
MUSI 207World Music (equiv to 307) +3
CRWR 240Intro Creative Writing Wrkshp +3
Select one of the following:
LIT 110Intro to Lit +3
LIT 291Special Topics-Literature +3
PHL 101Introduction to Philosophy +3

Natural Science - 7 Credits (Must include 1 lab course)

Select one of the following:
CHMY 101Discover Chemistry +3
NUTR 221Basic Human Nutrition +3
Select one of the following:
BIOB 101Discover Biology/Lab **,+4
BIOB 160Princpls of Living Systems/Lab **,+4
BIOB 170Prin Biological Diversity/Lab **,+4
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
CHMY 121Intro to General Chem w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 141College Chemistry I w/Lab **,+4
CHMY 143College Chemistry II w/Lab *,+4
GEO 101Intro to Physical Geologyw/Lab +4
PHSX 105Fund of Physical Science w/Lab +4
PHSX 205College Physics I w/Lab **,+4
PHSX 220Physics I w/Lab **,+4

Social Sciences/History - 6 Credits

Select one of the following:
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3
Select one of the following:
HSTA 101American History I (N) +3
HSTA 102American History II (N) +3
HSTA 255Montana History (N) +3
HSTR 101Western Civilization I +3
HSTR 102Western Civilization II +3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credits

Select one of the following:
ANTY 101Anthro & the Human Experience +3
BMKT 242Intro to Global Markets +3
LSH 244American Cultural Values +3
SIGN 101Intro to American Sign Lang +3
NASX 204Intro to NA Beliefs & Philsphy (N) +3
NASX 232MT Ind Cltrs/Hstry/Iss (=332) (N) +3
NASX 240Native American Lit (=to 340) (N) +3

Cultural Heritage of American Indians - 3 Credits

Courses with an “N” behind the course title will fulfill the Cultural Heritage of American Indians requirement as well as a designated core area requirement. +

II. Computer Literacy - 3 Credits

CAPP 131Basic MS Office +3
OR a satisfactory Computer Skills test score.

III. Additional Coursework - 6 Credits

Select one of the following:
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture +3
ARTZ 101Art Fundamentals +3
ARTZ 105Visual Language-Drawing +3
HTH 201Health Issues for Educators +3

IV. Area of Emphasis Courses - 12 credits

In consultation with UM Western’s Early Childhood advisor

V. Elective Courses - 5-6 Credits

In consultation with UM Western’s Early Childhood advisor


Outline for completion of bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood – with UM -Western

I. Early Childhood Core

EDEC 109Introduction to EC Education1
EDEC 110Intro to EC Education Lab1
EDEC 210Meeting the Needs of Families2
EDEC 211Mtng the Needs of Families Lab1
EDEC 220 Crting Envrmnt for Lrnng, EC2
EDEC 221 Crting Envrmnt Lrnng, EC Lab1
EDEC 230Positive Child Guidance2
EDEC 231Positive Child Guidance Lab1
EDEC 247Child and Adolescent Dvlpmnt3
EDEC 248Child and Adolescent Dvlpmnt Lab1
EDEC 265Ldrshp & Professnlsm in EC Ed2
EDEC 266Ldrshp & Profess in EC Ed Lab1
EDEC 281EC Curr Dsgn & Implement I2
EDEC 282EC Curr Dsgn & implemnt I Lab1
EDEC 283EC Curr Dsgn & implemnt II2
EDEC 284EC Curr Dsgn & implemnt II Lab1

II. Early Childhood Specialty Courses

EDEC 249Infant/Toddler Dev & Group Care4
ED 341Exceptional Learner3
EDEC 450Literacy in the EC Classroom3
EDEC 352Math and Science for EC3
EDEC 353Fostering Movement in Yng Ch1
EDEC 430Soc/Emot Dvlpmnt in Yng Child3
EDEC 452Reggio Emilia & Project Apprch3
EDEC 410Family, Communites, Culture3
EDEC 405Assesment in EC3
EDEC 445Child Dev Research3
EDEC 460Mentoring and Coaching in ECE3
EDEC 496EC Advanced Practicum6

Total Credits: 62



Indicates prerequisites needed.


Placement in course(s) is determined by placement assessment.


A grade of C- or above is required for graduation.