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Options for Elementary/Early Childhood Education Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies education

Elementary (including Bilingual and Special Education Collaborative) and Early Childhood Education majors are required to declare a second major (content area) outside of education. The Curriculum and Learning department (School of Education) strongly recommends a second major in Interdisciplinary Studies, which prepares educators for teaching in their fields.

Below are guidelines for education majors:

Early Childhood (Pre-K through grade 3)

Early Childhood Education majors will be automatically declared as Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) majors and given default concentrations of Psychology and Child, Families and Community Studies. There is also an option of selecting different concentrations or pursuing a single-subject major in Psychology. Courses within an Education cognate can count toward an IDS concentration requirement. 

Elementary/Collaborative (grades 1-6)

Elementary Education and Special Education Collaborative majors will be automatically declared as Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) majors and given default concentrations of English: Language, Literature and Writing and History. There is also an option of selecting different concentrations or pursuing a single-subject major in a report card subject.

Bilingual-Elementary Education 

Bilingual-Elementary Education majors will be automatically declared as Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) majors and given default concentrations of English: Language, Literature and Writing and Spanish. There is also an option of selecting different concentrations or pursuing a single-subject major in Spanish. If you are not a fluent speaker in the world language of bilingual endorsement (i.e. Spanish) you may benefit from a single major in that language. Please consult with your pre-major education advisor.

Share 3 Policy

EDU/IDS students may use ("Share 3") up to three LEP Tier 1 or 2 courses toward requirements in the IDS concentrations; for instance, if you take English 201 as a Tier 2 creative Drive requirement, it can also be used towards the IDS-English concentration. Students will identify the courses they may wish to "share" upon their full admission to elementary program. (Note: The "Share 3" may not show up on the Degree Evaluation; it is the student's responsibility to know the courses (up to 3) that count towards an LEP Tier 1 or 2 requirements and the IDS major.)

For additional information please consult with your Education faculty advisor or contact the Curriculum and Learning department curriculumlearning@southernct.edu