Bachelor of Science

Early Care and Education (Birth-Grade 2)

This program is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) under NCATE Standards (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).

This is a Licensure/Certification Program with admission restrictions and exit requirements


In addition to satisfying general requirements for admission to Wilmington University, effective July 1, 2015, applicants for admission to this degree program are required by state regulation to demonstrate mastery of general knowledge*. This program-entry requirement can be met by providing qualifying SAT scores and an official score report showing scores (including all sub-scores) on the ETS Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS# 5712, 5722, and 5732). For complete information about Delaware tests and score requirements for educators, visit the State of Delaware website.

Test codes and minimum score requirements for the ETS Core Series are:
Test Score
ETS 5712 Reading 156
ETS 5722 Writing 162
ETS 5732 Mathematics 150

*NOTE: Candidates admitted prior to July 1, 2014 have until July 1, 2015 to satisfy this requirement. For more information about ETS exams (including how to register), go to:

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

State-approved degree program contribute to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290, in order to be eligible for program completion and degree conferral. The regulation states, in part:

Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015).

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

The assessment and score established by the Delaware Department of Education that is applicable to this degree program is:

Early Childhood: ETS test #5024 Education of Young Children (score of 160)

A passing score on exam #5024 is required prior to approval to register for the capstone clinical experience (student teaching/internship).

A candidate who wishes to complete the capstone clinical experience (student teaching/internship) in a public school (grades K, 1 or 2) and attain recognition/status as Highly Qualified must also take and pass:

ETS test #5001, Elementary Education Multiple Subjects (all four tests required – can be taken separately or together)

Reading and Language Arts Subtest (score of 157)
Mathematics Subtest (score of 157)
Social Studies Subtest (score of 155)
Science Subtest (score of 159)

Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016.)

“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”

The assessment selected by Wilmington University to satisfy this requirement is the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT). This assessment is administered and scored by ETS. Delaware minimum score requirements have not yet been set by the Delaware Professional Standards Board.

Candidates must check with their program advisor or program chair to obtain current and accurate information as to the specific assessments and score requirements. Candidates must pass all exit assessments in order to be eligible for program completion and degree conferral.

Program Requirements

Teacher candidates are expected to complete all requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Early Care and Education, including both course work and clinical experiences. The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of “C-” for all Education core courses (ECE, EDU, RDG, and EPY).

Teacher candidates starting their programs in Fall 2013 or later must pass (using Delaware minimum score requirements) all sections of the PRAXIS (core): Reading, Mathematics and Writing (or relevant exemption test) prior to registration for Practicum I (EDU 390 Available Online) and the PRAXIS II test (5024: Education of the Young Child) prior to registration for the capstone clinical experience (student teaching/internship).

Teacher candidates must designate Wilmington University and the Delaware Department of Education as score recipients at the time the tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and sub-scores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle).

Teacher candidates must register for EDU 102, E-Folio, as the initial course in the program as this course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program competencies. In that course, teacher candidates will learn how to activate their Taskstream accounts and use the E-folio to record program data.

EDU 102 E-folio and EDU 203 Available Online are prerequisites for all other education core courses (ECE, EDU, PSY, RDG).

Fieldwork Requirements

Practicum Courses (Practicum I, II, II)

Each of these courses requires 50 hours of field experience in an approved school setting plus 30 hours of required seminars. Although Practicum courses only require candidates to register and pay for one (1) credit for each course, the courses are actually structured as three (3) credit courses. The reason for this approach is to keep the total credit hours required for the degree to 126. Otherwise, candidates would have to register and pay for an additional 6 credits. This benefit represents a tuition cost savings of more than $2,000.

All practicum placements are arranged by the Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and placement protocols. Final placement decisions are made by school district officials. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements

The 50 hours of field experience required for each practicum will usually take place in the county where the candidate attends the seminars, although this may vary depending on availability of practicum placement classrooms. A sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old) and a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) are required. For students entering the program as of Fall 2013, passing PRAXIS (core) scores are required.

Capstone Clinical Experience (Student Teaching/Internship)

All placements are arranged by placement specialists in the WilmU Office of Clinical Studies in accordance with school district partnership agreements and protocols. However, final placement decisions are made by school district officials and are based on school and district needs and the availability of school-based mentors who are rated as highly-qualified and effective. Candidates are not permitted to seek or make arrangements for their own placements.

The capstone clinical experience (is a full-time, full-day placement ranging from 80 school days to one full school year in an approved setting and in a content area/grade level that corresponds to a candidate's program concentration.

Registration for the capstone clinical experience requires prior approval from the Office of Clinical Studies and the following: 3.00 cumulative GPA, no Incomplete grades, passing PRAXIS (core) and PRAXIS II scores, a sealed Federal and Delaware CBC (Criminal Background Check) Report, a recent TB/PPD (less than a year old), a completed CPR (Child Protection Registry Form) and a completed health form.


General Education Requirements (54 credits)

CTA 206 Available Online Computer Applications
FYE 101 Available Online First Year Experience

ECO 105 Available Online Fundamentals of Economics

ENG 121 Available Online English Composition I

ENG 122 Available Online English Composition II

ENG 320 Available Online Advanced Composition

HIS 204 Available Online World History

HIS 300 Available Online World and Regional Geography

HIS 316 Available Online American History

HIS 320 Available Online Global Civilizations

MAT 201 Mathematics for Teachers I

MAT 202 Mathematics for Teachers II

MAT 304 Mathematics for Teachers III

PHI 100 Available Online  Introduction to Critical Thinking

POL 300 Available Online American Politics

SCI 232 Available Online Life and Environmental Science with Lab

SCI 305 Available Online Earth and Space Science with Lab

SCI 307  Physical Science with Lab

Fine Arts Electives (6 credits from the following):

ART 101 Available Online, ART 202, ART 210, ART 245, ART 301, ART 302 , ART 304 ,ART 310, ART 315; DRA 105, DRA 110, DRA 140, DRA 200, DRA 307, DRA 330; DSN 110 Available Online; MUS 101 Available Online, MUS 201; TEC 215;

Behavioral Science Core (12 credits)

PSY 101 Available Online Introduction to Psychology

PSY 330 Available Online Infant and Toddler Development

PSY 333 Available Online Psychology of the Exceptional Child

PSY 336 Available Online Child Development

Education Core (30 credits)

EDU 102 E-folio

EDU 203 Available Online Instructional Technology

ECE 201 Available Online Health, Safety, and Nutrition

ECE 202 Available Online Professional Issues in Early Childhood

ECE 205 Available Online Parent, Family, and Community Interactions

ECE 206 Available Online Family Development and Service Systems

ECE 214 Available Online Creating Environments for Learning

EPY 301 Available Online Assessment of Exceptional Children and IEPs

EPY 306 Available Online Educational Psychology and Assessment

EPY 401 Available Online Teaching Diverse Populations/Exceptional Children

RDG 300 Available Online Language Development and Early Literacy

Clinical Components (24 credits)

ECE 203 Available Online Methods of Teaching Art, Music, and Movement

ECE 204 Available Online Integrated Methods: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math

ECE 450 Student Teaching

EDU 390 Available Online Practicum I

EDU 391 Practicum II

EDU 392 Practicum III

EDU 499 Clinical Assessment in the Classroom [This course must be taken in conjunction with ECE 450 Student Teaching.]

RDG 401 Available Online Methods of Teaching Language/Literacy

Suggested Program Sequence


Semester 1 Semester 2
CTA 205 or FYE 101 Available Online EDU 390 Available Online
EDU 102 ENG 122 Available Online
EDU 203 Available Online HIS 204 Available Online
ENG 121 Available Online MAT 202
MAT 201 PSY 101 Available Online
PHI 100 Available Online SCI 232 Available Online


Semester 1 Semester 2
ECO 105 Available Online ECE 201 Available Online
EDU 391 ECE 202 Available Online
MAT 304 ECE 205 Available Online
PSY 336 Available Online EPY 301 Available Online
RDG 300 Available Online PSY 330 Available Online
SCI 305 Available Online SCI 307


Semester 1 Semester 2
ECE 206 Available Online ENG 320 Available Online
ECE 214 Available Online EPY 401 Available Online
EDU 392 HIS 300 Available Online
EPY 306 Available Online HIS 316 Available Online
PSY 333 Available Online Fine Arts Elective


Semester 1 Semester 2
ECE 203 Available Online ECE 450
ECE 204 Available Online EDU 499
HIS 320 Available Online  
POL 300 Available Online  
RDG 401 Available Online  
Fine Arts Elective  

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2016 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.