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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, SAT or GRE scores are 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 and Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood 5621) 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 Requirements1
University Perspectives
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
Select 3 hours from U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core
Mathematics 23
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher level MATH)
Sciences 28
Select 8 hours (two lecture/lab combinations) Sciences State Minimum Core
Fine Arts and Humanities 26
Select 3 hours from Fine Arts State Minimum Core
Select 3 hours Humanities State Minimum Core
Social Sciences9
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
Rural Families and Communities
Family Relations
Birth through Kindergarten Requirements72
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Observation and Foundations for Teaching Young Children
Infant and Toddler Development
and Infant and Toddler Development Laboratory
Child Development
Introduction to Leadership and Administration in the Helping Professions
Child Guidance
and Child Guidance Laboratory
Introduction to Cultural Competence
Language and Literacy Pedagogy for Birth through Kindergarten Educators
Parenting and Family Dynamics
Math and Science for Young Children
and Math and Science for Young Children Lab
Creative and Social Experience for Young Children
and Creative and Social Experiences for Young Children Lab
Developmental Assessment in Early Childhood
Building Family and Community Relationships
Internship: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Programs
Internship: Kindergarten Programs
Survey of Exceptionalities
Emergent Literacy
Arkansas and the Southwest
Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives
ABA and Classroom Management for Teachers
Introduction to Students with High Incidence Disabilities
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. This course must be taken during the summer session.)
General Electives9
Total Hours120

Other Requirements for the B.S.H.E.S. Degree in Birth through Kindergarten major:3

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 demonstrating basic skills in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (see Birth-Kindergarten Program Handbook), Praxis Content:  Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education 5023 and Principles of Learning and Teaching:  Early Childhood 5621. 

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
FallSpringSummer
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1    
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)3    
HDFS 1423 Observation and Foundations for Teaching Young Children3    
Fine Arts State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.1)13    
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher level MATH (Satisfies General Education Outcome 2.1)3    
General Elective3    
HDFS 2413 Family Relations (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 3.3, 4.1, and 4.2)  3  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3)  3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Satisfies General Education Outcome 1.1)  3  
Science State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)  4  
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003) (Satisfies General Education Outcomes 1.2 and 5.1)  3  
Year Total: 16 16  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
HDFS 2403 Infant and Toddler Development
& HDFS 2401L Infant and Toddler Development Laboratory
4    
HDFS 2463 Introduction to Leadership and Administration in the Helping Professions3    
U.S. History or Government State Minimum Core Elective 3    
Humanities State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.2)23    
NUTR 1213 Fundamentals of Nutrition3    
HDFS 2433 Child Development  3  
HDFS 3453 Parenting and Family Dynamics  3  
Science State Minimum Core Elective (Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.4)  4  
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities  3  
Satisfies General Education Outcome 3.3:
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013)
or HDFS 2603 Rural Families and Communities
  3  
Year Total: 16 16  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
HDFS 2473 Child Guidance
& HDFS 2471L Child Guidance Laboratory
4    
HDFS 2493 Introduction to Cultural Competence3    
HDFS 3333 Language and Literacy Pedagogy for Birth through Kindergarten Educators3    
HDFS 4233 Developmental Assessment in Early Childhood3    
CIED 3113 Emergent Literacy  3  
HIST 3383 Arkansas and the Southwest  3  
General Elective  3  
HDFS 4223 Creative and Social Experience for Young Children
& HDFS 4222L Creative and Social Experiences for Young Children Lab
  5  
CIED 499V Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction Education    3
Year Total: 13 14 3
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
SCWK 3633 Child Welfare: 21st Century Perspectives3    
HDFS 4213 Math and Science for Young Children
& HDFS 4212L Math and Science for Young Children Lab
5    
SPED 4493 Introduction to Students with High Incidence Disabilities3    
General Elective3    
HDFS 4313 Building Family and Community Relationships  3  
HDFS 4373 Internship: Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Programs (Satisfies General Education Outcome 6.1)  3  
HDFS 4383 Internship: Kindergarten Programs  3  
SPED 4413 ABA and Classroom Management for Teachers  3  
Year Total: 14 12  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Minor in Child Services

This minor is open to all University of Arkansas students and requires 15 hours.

Required Courses
HDFS 1403Life Span Development3
HDFS 2433Child Development3
HDFS 3463The Hospitalized Child: Child Life Programming3
HDFS 4313Building Family and Community Relationships3
HDFS 4353Play as Development in Childhood3
Total Hours15