NOTE: Effective July 31, 2013, the BSE Early Childhood Education degree is no longer available to new students.  Please contact your admissions advisor for further assistance.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree with major in Early Childhood Education (no longer offered, as of July 31, 2013)

1. General Education - 35 hours

English Composition: *6 hours
Humanities or Fine Arts: 5 hours
Natural Science: **3 hours
Natural Science or Mathematics: **6 hours
Social or Behavioral Science: ***9 hours
Health or Physical Education: 3 hours
Biblical Studies: 3 hours

    * EDC applicants may not register for the program if they have not successfully completed English I & II.

    ** Maximum 8 hours in one discipline

  *** Students must complete Arkansas History, Geography, and American Government in order to fulfill Social/
Behavioral Science requirements and to be eligible for a teaching license in the state of Arkansas.

2. Other required course

Approved First Aid/CPR Course (age appropriate) before Internship

3. Courses specified by this program - 62 hours

EDC 3002 Professional Preparation
EDC 3113 Human Growth and Development
EDC 3123 Educational Psychology
EDC 3134 Educational Foundations and Technology
EDC 3144 Differentiated Learning for Early Childhood Education
EDC 3214 Instructional Methods: 1-4
EDC 3234 Curriculum and Instruction for Early Childhood Education
EDC 3243 Assessment for Early Childhood Education
EDC 3222 Fine Arts for Early Childhood Education
EDC 4314 Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts for Early Childhood Education
BBL 3923 Biblical Foundations and Ethics for Teachers
EDC 4334 Math Structures for Early Childhood Education
EDC 4413 Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics for Early Childhood Education (includes lab)
EDC 4423 Curriculum and Instruction: Reading for Early Childhood Education (includes lab)
EDC 4433 Curriculum and Instruction: Science for Early Childhood Education (includes lab)

Internship and Seminar (15 weeks/full semester)

EDC 4510 Internship: Early Childhood Education
EDC 4511 Seminar: Early Childhood Education

4. Additional approved college credit - 27 hours

Minimum total semester hours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

In order to graduate, students in the Education major must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and have a grade of "C/2.0" or higher in each course in the major as well as for Arkansas History, Geography, and American Government. They must also gain approval of a professional portfolio which includes evidence of taking Praxis exams that are required for Arkansas licensure.


EDC Labs, Online & Saturday Classes

Evening Educational Labs

Educational labs occur in the evenings from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on the dates indicated on the group schedule and provide opportunities for group work, skill practice thru role-playing, and the opportunity to experience a workshop style learning environment. These labs provide a valuable part of the EDC student’s teacher education training at John Brown University.

Attendance is required for the evening educational labs just as it is required for all other sessions.  For a three-credit hour course, there will be two evening educational labs. For a four-credit hour course, there will be three evening educational labs.

Online Component

Each week students are required to “attend” class in an online environment for at least 2 hours and up to 3.7 hours per week.  There are 14 courses in the EDC program requiring online participation; ten courses require 2 hours per week online, three courses require 3.7 hours per week; and one course requires 2.3 hours per week.

Attendance is required for the online component just as attendance is required for the plenary evening sessions, educational lab evening sessions, and Saturday labs.

Some of the online component course work will focus on learning to use Blackboard software that hosts the JBU-EDC course guides.  Most of the online component course work will focus on the textbook requiring EDC students to use test bank questions as a guide for understanding the assigned textbook readings.

Saturday Lab

Throughout the EDC program there is one required Saturday lab.  The Motor Development Lab meets from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and is held on the main campus in Siloam Springs. 

Attendance is required for this Saturday lab just as attendance is required for all other sessions.

In order to graduate, all EDC students must attend the Motor Development Lab—if, for some reason, they are unable to attend the lab designated for their cohort, they may be allowed to attend this lab with another cohort if available.  There are portfolio-related documents that are begun during this lab and are a graded part of an EDC course.

Saturday Course

There is one course in the program that occurs on Saturdays: EDC 3222 Fine Arts for Early Childhood Education.  There are four sessions that take place on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. approximately one month apart.  There is an online component for this course, but there are no educational labs. 


EDC Field Experience Guidelines

Dressing Appropriately

As representatives of John Brown University and the teaching profession, it is important to use good judgment in appearance and behavior.  Research has shown that our appearance has a significant effect upon the way we are perceived and upon the impact we have on others.  Your professional appearance is reflected in personal hygiene and grooming as well as in the clothing that you wear.  As teacher candidates, be sure your appearance communicates to others that you believe that school is an important place, that students are important people, and that school should be an orderly and productive place.   Styles that are extreme or that could be offensive to others should be avoided (ex. purple hair, nose rings, etc.)  In addition to the following, you are to follow the dress code for the school to which you are assigned.

To help you transfer this statement to today’s wardrobe, here are some guidelines to help you choose.

General guidelines:

  • Wear clothes that are professional (not trendy, extreme, or offensive to others).  Consider these your professional uniform -- clothes that will reflect the dignity and importance of your profession.
  • Wear comfortable shoes (no gym shoes or flip flops).
  • Wear attractive slacks (no blue jeans except for Jeans Day or Field Day).
  • Wear clothes that have a traditional fit (not too tight or too sloppy). 
  • Wear clothes made of appropriate fabric (avoid denim, sheer, etc.).

Guidelines for females:

  • Begin the semester with more formal attire.
  • Blouses (no casual T shirts or midriffs).  Blouses should either be tucked in or should extend well below the waistline.
  • Skirts with appropriate lengths (no mini-skirts).
  • No shorts (except for Field Day).

Guidelines for males:

  • Begin the semester more formally with a tie.
  • Attractive shirts with collars.
  • Comfortable slacks (but no shorts except for Field Day).
  • Socks with shoes.

Arriving on Time

You should arrive for your field observation 10-15 minutes prior to the time you are scheduled to arrive.  This will give you time to check-in at the school office, find the classroom and settle in.  Please do not be late.

Maintaining Confidentiality

You will observe all types of students in all types of situations.  In some cases, you will learn the names of some of the students; in all cases you should keep those names completely confidential.  Do not discuss the names of the students you deal with in your homes, in public, with friends, or in written work, etc.

Missing a Field Experience

If, for whatever reason, you must miss a scheduled field experience, call the school beforehand to let them know you will not be there and to reschedule for a different time.  The schools do not like finding out at the last minute that you will not be coming, so please give them as much notice as possible.

Keeping Time Logs

You should keep accurate, neat and complete records of the time you spend in observation/participation at schools on the Time/Activity Log Sheets provided by the Education Division.  You will need to take the Log Sheet with you for each observation in order to have the cooperating teacher sign it.