2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Early Childhood Education (B.S.) - Cooperative Elementary Education Program with DSU

Program Coordinator/Contact

Jennifer Kampmann, Assistant Professor/ECE Coordinator
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 101
E-mail: jennifer.kampmann@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The cooperative elementary education program with Dakota State University (DSU) is for students who are interested in teaching certification for elementary and middle school grades in the public school system in South Dakota. The program prepares professionals who work in educational settings with children in order to promote their cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. Program content includes the theory and practice of working with children and their families and communities. The courses specific to elementary education are offered by DSU faculty on the SDSU campus. Students complete a student teaching experience at the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education and at a selected public school. It typically takes five years to complete the cooperative program. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Early Childhood Education follows student learning outcomes as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Standard 1. Promoting child development and learning
1a: Knowing and understanding young children’s characteristics and needs, from birth through Age 8.
1b: Knowing and understanding the multiple influences on early development and learning.
1c: Using developmental knowledge to create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children.

Standard 2. Building family and community relationships
2a: Knowing about and understanding diverse family and community characteristics.
2b: Supporting and engaging families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
2c: Involving families and communities in young children’s development and learning.

Standard 3. Observing, documenting, and assessing to support young children and families
3a: Understanding the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment – including its use in development of appropriate goals, curriculum, and teaching strategies for young children.
3b: Knowing about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues to build effective learning environments.
3c: Knowing about and using observation, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches, including the use of technology in documentation, assessment and data collection.
3d: Understanding and practicing responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child, including the use of assistive technology for children with disabilities.

Standard 4. Using developmentally effective approaches
4a: Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with young children.
4b: Knowing and understanding effective strategies and tools for early education, including appropriate uses of technology.
4c: Using a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching /learning approaches.
4d: Reflecting on own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.

Standard 5. Using content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
5a: Understanding content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines: language and literacy; the arts – music, creative movement, dance, drama, visual arts; mathematics; science, physical activity, physical education, health and safety; and social studies.
5b: Knowing and using the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
5c: Using own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate developmentally meaningful and challenging curriculum for each child.

Standard 6. Becoming a professional
6a: Identifying and involving oneself with the early childhood field.
6b: Knowing about and upholding ethical standards and other early childhood professional guidelines.
6c: Engaging in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice; using technology effectively with young children, with peers, and as a professional resource.
6d: Integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on early education.
6e: Engaging in informed advocacy for young children and the early childhood profession.

Standard 7. Early childhood field experiences
7a. Opportunities to observe and practice in at least two of the three early childhood age groups (birth – age 3, 3-5, 5-8).
7b. Opportunities to observe and practice in at least two of the three main types of early education settings (early school grades, child care centers and homes, Head Start programs).

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


National Association of the Education of Young Children
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
South Dakota Department of Education

Certification and Licensure

With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.

Course Delivery Format

Courses in Early Childhood Education are delivered face to face, online and hybrid (face to face and online combination). All ECE courses have practical applications in field experience settings in childcare and Pre-K-Grade 3.

Requirements for Early Childhood Education Major - Cooperative Elementary Education with DSU: 141 Credits

 Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements

Major Requirements

Cooperative ELED Certification Requirements

  • EDFN 440 - Classroom Management (S-II) Credits: 2
  • ELED 303 - Earth and Physical Science for Elementary Teachers/Lab (SU) Credits: 4
  • ELED 320 - K-8 Science Methods (F) Credits: 3
  • ELED 330 - K-8 Math Methods (F) Credits: 3
  • ELED 360 - K-8 Social Studies Methods (F) Credits: 2
  • ELED 395 - Practicum (S-I) Credits: 1
  • ELED 440 - K-8 Language Arts Methods (S-I) Credits: 2
  • ELED 450 - K-8 Reading Methods (S-II) Credits: 3
  • ELED 459 - Introduction to Literacy Assessment and Remediation Credits: 3
  •   (S-II) Credits: 8
  •   (F) Credits: 1
  • MLED 300 - Survey of Middle Level Education (SU) Credits: 1
  • SPED 441 - Inclusive Methods for Diverse Learners (S-I) Credits: 2


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 141


  • Entry into the major academic courses in all ECE program tracks include passing scores in Praxis I: PPST Reading (173), Writing (173), and Math (172). Students will work their academic advisor for registering for the Praxis exams.
  • A pre-graduate check is required 2 semesters before graduation semester. At beginning of graduation semester, a graduation application must be completed.
  • A grade of “C” or better is required in PSYC 101, ENGL 101, SPCM 101, MATH 102, and all major courses with an EDFN, HDFS or ECE prefix.
  • Students must meet all GPA Requirements (2.6 for graduation, 2.8 in major courses including ECE, HDFS, and EDFN) and be accepted into the ECE Teacher Education program/ECE-PSI and ECE-PS II.
  • Students will be required to pass the PRAXIS content and Principles of Teaching and Learning exams in order to be considered a Highly Qualified Teacher.
  • The rotation of the cooperative ELED certification courses is indicated as follows: S-I (Spring I), F (Fall), SU (Summer) and S-II (Spring II).
  • Students are required to complete 106 credits of SDSU coursework. These courses, with SDSU electives, do not constitute a degree program. Instead, students complete an additional 35 credits from the cooperating university (DSU) to fully meet the requirements for the ECE Cooperative Elementary Education Program with DSU.
  • All courses are required for certification. Upon graduation, students would be eligible for dual certification in early childhood education and elementary education (K - Grade 8).