Timothy Killian
Assistant Director
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The major in Birth through Kindergarten prepares educators to teach infants, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners including those children with disabilities. The program offers students a chance to work in settings that serve young children, including public schools, early-intervention programs, child care and education centers, and residential placement centers. Successful completion of this degree, as specified in the requirements for a major in Birth through Kindergarten, leads to Arkansas’ Integrated Birth through Kindergarten/Special Education teacher license.

Passing scores on the Praxis Core (Reading, Writing, and Math) or equivalent ACT or SAT scores is a requirement for formal admission into the Birth through Kindergarten major. Passing scores on the relevant Praxis Content exams (Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 5023 & Education of Young Children 5024) are requirements for teacher licensure. Other specific application procedures and degree requirements are available from Birth through Kindergarten faculty advisers.

Requirements for a major in Birth through Kindergarten (BRKD)

State minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements: (Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Requirements
UNIV 1001University Perspectives1
Communications9
Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)
Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) 1
U.S. History or Government 23
Mathematics 23
Sciences 28
Fine Arts and Humanities 26
Social Sciences9
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
Rural Families and Communities
Family Relations
Birth through Kindergarten Requirements73
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Observation and Foundations for Teaching Young Children
Infant and Toddler Development
and Infant and Toddler Development Laboratory
Child Development
Child Guidance
and Child Guidance Laboratory
Language and Literacy Pedagogy for Birth through Kindergarten Educators
Parenting and Family Dynamics
Building Family and Community Relationships
Curriculum and Assessment: Birth to Three Years
and Curriculum and Assessment: Birth to Three Years Laboratory
Curriculum and Assessment: Three Years through Kindergarten
and Curriculum and Assessment: Three Years through Kindergarten
Field Experience in Birth through Kindergarten Programs
Field Experience in Birth through Kindergarten Program II
Administration and Leadership in the Helping Professions 3
Analytical Approaches to Research in Human Development and Family Sciences I
Analytical Approaches to Research in Human Development & Family Sciences II
Survey of Exceptionalities
Children and Adolescent Literature
Emergent and Developmental Literacy
Arkansas and the Southwest
Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
ABA and Classroom Management for Teachers
Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction Education (Students must complete a CIED 499V (3 hours) in which the topic is in the area of Special Education.)
General Electives8
Total Hours120

Other Requirements for the B.S.H.E.S. Degree in Birth through Kindergarten major:4

Both candidacy and retention eligibility for the Arkansas Birth through Kindergarten Integrated Licensure Program require that students meet a set of criteria listed in the catalog. These include the submission of a transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, with grades of C or better in all BRKD courses. Students should consult their academic adviser as they near completion of the above requirements to discuss the application process for the Integrated Birth through Kindergarten/Special Education teacher license in Arkansas. Additional requirements for application to teacher licensure with the State of Arkansas Department of Education include: Praxis Core: (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) Praxis Content: (Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 5023 & Education of Young Children 5024). 

Birth through Kindergarten B.S.H.E.S.
Eight-Semester Degree Program 

Students wishing to follow the degree plan should go to the Eight-Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3  
HDFS 1423 Observation and Foundations for Teaching Young Children3  
MATH Core Elective3  
Fine Arts Core Elective3  
General Electives2  
HDFS 2413 Family Relations  3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3
Science Core Elective  4
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
HDFS 2403 Infant and Toddler Development
& HDFS 2401L Infant and Toddler Development Laboratory
4  
History Core Elective3  
Humanities Core Elective3  
NUTR 1213 Fundamentals of Nutrition3  
SCWK 3633 Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives3  
HDFS 2433 Child Development  3
HDFS 3453 Parenting and Family Dynamics  3
Science Core Elective  4
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities  3
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
or HDFS 2603 Rural Families and Communities
  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
HDFS 2473 Child Guidance
& HDFS 2471L Child Guidance Laboratory
4  
HDFS 4763 Analytical Approaches to Research in Human Development and Family Sciences I3  
CIED 3103 Children and Adolescent Literature3  
CIED 3113 Emergent and Developmental Literacy3  
HDFS 3333 Language and Literacy Pedagogy for Birth through Kindergarten Educators3  
HDFS 4332 Curriculum and Assessment: Birth to Three Years
& HDFS 4332L Curriculum and Assessment: Birth to Three Years Laboratory
  4
HDFS 4773 Analytical Approaches to Research in Human Development & Family Sciences II  3
CIED 499V Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction EducationStudents must complete a CIED 499V (3 hours) in which the topic is in the area of Special Education.  3
General Elective  4
Year Total: 16 14
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
HDFS 4342 Curriculum and Assessment: Three Years through Kindergarten
& HDFS 4342L Curriculum and Assessment: Three Years through Kindergarten
4  
HDFS 4463 Administration and Leadership in the Helping Professions3  
HIST 3383 Arkansas and the Southwest3  
General Elective2  
SPED 4493 Introduction to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder3  
HDFS 4313 Building Family and Community Relationships  3
HDFS 4373 Field Experience in Birth through Kindergarten Programs  3
HDFS 4383 Field Experience in Birth through Kindergarten Program II  3
SPED 4413 ABA and Classroom Management for Teachers  3
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120