Social and Behavioral Sciences
Concentration in Early Childhood Studies - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Early Childhood Studies Concentration
A concentration is a way for SBS majors to organize their six required SBS electives. For the Early Childhood Studies Concentration within the SBS major, one course is selected from each of the six categories described below. These six content categories are based upon the recommendations of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and our community advisors. Any substitutions must be approved by a faculty advisor.
Important: Please note that Early Childhood Studies is also available as a minor, with or without the Early Childhood Teacher (birth - age 5) 081 certification. This page describes the Early Childhood Studies Concentration. Click here for information on the Minor, with or without 081 Certification.
The Early Childhood Studies Concentration provides the skills needed of professionals working with young children and their families, as well as the academic background required for graduate study or advanced training in the field. Students develop perspectives and critical thinking skills needed to understand the multilayered influences that shape human development. Contemporary content prepares students for the growing challenges facing young children in the 21st century, when early childhood professionals are increasingly called upon to understand not only healthy child development, but also: brain development in the first years of life; parenting; cultural and societal contexts; immigration; social, emotional, and mental health concerns including trauma-informed care; poverty; and policies that support or restrict development in this critical period. Head Start, home visiting programs, parent education programs, the Department of Health and Human Services, public education pre-schools, the Children’s Museum and Theatre, and private early learning centers all work with our faculty and students to bridge theoretical knowledge with real world application
Students pursuing Early Childhood Studies (ECS) as either a minor or a concentration must complete the necessary paperwork in the Student Success Center so that ECS appears on their MaineStreet Academic Plan. Click here for the delaration of concentration or minor form: https://usm.maine.edu/sites/default/files/reg/declaration%20of%20minor.pdf
Maine 081 Early Childhood Teacher (081 birth-5) Endorsement
Students may also choose to earn their certification from the State of Maine in Early Childhood Teacher (081 birth-5) which requires specific courses within and beyond the ECS Minor. Click here to navigate to the ECS Minor page for details.
Early Childhood Studies Concentration:
In addition to the requirements listed in the BA, the following requirements apply to the Early Childhood Studies Concentration. Requirements for the Minor are listed on a separate catalog page.
Choose one course from each of the following six categories: child development, family, leadership and professionalism, systems, children and evaluation, and teaching/preparing children for learning.
1. Child Development
SBS/HRD200: Multicultural Human Development
SBS 305: Child Development
SBS 341: The Family*
3. Leadership and Professionalism
SBS 301: Group Dynamics
SBS 302: Interpersonal Behavior
EDU/LAE 200: Education in the U.S
SBS 310: Childhood and Society*
SBS 346: Introduction to Social Services
5. Children and Evaluation
SBS 350: Psychosocial Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
SBS 375: Infant Mental Health & Attachment*
SBS 450: Approaches to Assessing Individual Differences in Children
6. Teaching / Preparing Children for Learning
SBS 199: Introduction to Early Childhood
SBS 336: Children’s Literature*
SBS 340: Language Acquisition and Development*
SBS/ECE/LAE 391: Mathematics in Early Childhood Education*
SBS/ECE/LAE 392: Science in Early Childhood Education*
SBS/ECE/LAE 393: Exceptionality in Early Childhood Education*
* Courses denoted with an asterisk (*) are ECT 081 certification required courses
Please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission for application information.