Bachelor of Science

Early Care and Education (Birth-Grade 2)


Admission into this program requires students to submit a complete and official Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator score report that meets the passing scores set by the Delaware Department of Education.

Students who have not taken the Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator should apply to the appropriate parallel Education Studies program. Upon submitting a complete and official Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educator score report that meets the passing scores set by the Delaware Department of Education students will be automatically transitioned into the appropriate parallel licensure/certification program.

This program is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


In addition to satisfying general requirements for admission to Wilmington University, effective July 1, 2014, 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 an official score report showing scores (including all sub-scores) on the ETS Praxis Series Core Academic Skills for Educators (ETS # 5712, 5722, and 5732). For complete information about Delaware tests and score requirements for educators, go to this 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

For more information about ETS exams (including how to register), go to:

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. Teacher candidates starting their program in Fall 2013 or after 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 the first clinical experience, Practicum I (EDU 390 Available Online) and the PRAXIS II test (5024: Education of Young Children) prior to registration for the methods courses (ECE 203 Available Online, ECE 204 Available Online, and RDG 401 Available Online). Teacher candidates should designate Wilmington University as a score recipient at the time the tests are taken, and also provide a paper copy of the ETS score report that includes all scores and subscores. COMPLETE score reports must be received in the College of Education main office (Peoples Building, New Castle). Teacher candidates are required to 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 use the E-folio to record their program data. The first course that is required as a pre-requisite for all other education courses is EDU 203 Available Online, Instructional Technology. In this course, teacher candidates will learn to use a variety of technological applications and venues to enhance instruction. The College of Education sets a required minimum grade of "C-" for all Education core courses (ECE, EDU, RDG, and EPY).

Please be advised that in order to achieve “Highly Qualified Status” in the state of Delaware for grades K-6, the teacher candidate must also pass the 5001 PRAXIS II: Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects. This test cannot be used in lieu of 5024: Education of Young Children to fulfill program requirements for Early Child Care and Education.

Field and Clinical Experience Requirements

Practicum Courses

These courses require 50 hours of field experience in an approved school/clinical placement in addition to the required seminar classes. The 50 hours of field experience will take place in the specific county where the student attends the seminars. 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.

Student Internship/Teaching

Internship placements are determined by the Office of Clinical studies in conjunction with school district partnerships. Requirements for Internship include the following: 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 completed health form.


General Education Requirements (54 credits)

BCS 206 Available Online Computer Application for Business
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 Available Online, 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)

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

EDU 102 E-folio Portfolio

EDU 203 Available Online (formerly EDU 401) Instructional Technology

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

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2014 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.