ECE4U Curriculum

The ECE4U curriculum provides students the opportunity to take coursework that will prepare them for a wide variety of employment options working with young children and their families.

The curriculum can be broken down into three general areas:

  • ECE4U program cohort classes
  • UW-Whitewater University General Education Requirements
  • Department of Public Instruction (DPI) PI-34 Requirements for a license-issuing program

The ECE4U program cohort classes can be reviewed here under "Course Schedule."

UW-Whitewater University General Education Requirements can be found here. The courses you transfer to UW-Whitewater will determine which courses you need to take at the university.

The PI-34 Requirements can be found here. As with the General Education Requirements, the courses you transfer to UW-Whitewater will determine which courses you will need to take.

Once you are admitted to UW-Whitewater, the Admissions Department will create an Academic Advisement Report (AAR) for you. This document, available through WINS, lists every course requirement for the program. Any courses that you completed through your Technical College that transferred to UW-Whitewater will also appear there. As you take coursework each semester, the AAR updates automatically and keeps track of your requirements and progress toward graduation.

Course Schedule

The course schedule below is one way to complete the ECE4U program. It is designed around the cohort model: students move through the courses at the same pace so they are with the same group of peers throughout their time at UW-Whitewater.

The program also strives to serve students who are juggling school, family, and work commitments. The course sequence and load can be tailored to your individual situation and goals. It is important to keep financial aid requirements in mind while making these decisions.

Since all ECE4U students transfer into the program, each individual brings unique coursework to their transcripts. Your program plan will vary depending upon the general education courses you need to complete before graduation.

Your program advisor is happy to meet with you to review your Academic Advising Report to make sure you meet all of the requirements for graduation, and in a sequence you are comfortable with.

1st Year
Summer Fall 1st 
8 weeks
2nd 8wks Winterim Spring 1st 8wks 2nd 8wks
Reflection Seminar: Phase 2 Portfolio (1cr)
Emergent Literacy & Beginning Reading Instruction (3cr)
COMDIS 355/555
Language Development and Disorders in Children (3cr)
Required General Education or PI 34 Courses SPECED 461/661
Formal Assessment for Young Children (3cr)
Evidence Based Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers (2cr)
Math 148
Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher I (3cr)
Informal Assessment of Young Children (3cr)
EDUINDP 442/642
Planning for Individual Needs (3cr)
  SPECED 376/576
Medical Aspects of Disability (3cr)
Early Literacy Intervention Strategies (3cr)
Math 149
Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher II (3cr)
Field Study: Special Education (3 Through 8) (full semester)(1cr)
Reflective Seminar Assessment (full semester) (1cr)
Leadership in EC (2cr)
Required General Education or PI 34 courses   Required General Education or PI 34 Courses
9cr 13cr 12cr

2nd Year
Summer Fall 1st 8wks 2nd 8wks Winterim Spring
Directed Teaching A: Infants and Toddlers (300hrs) (6cr)
Mathematical Concepts Development in ECE (3cr)
SPECED 476/676
Curriculum, Methods and Materials for those with Multiple Disabilities (3cr)
Required General Education or PI 34 courses EDUINDP 461*
Directed Teaching C: Consultation in Early Childhood (6cr)
Reflective Seminar: (1cr)
Motor Programming for Early Childhood (2cr)
Integrated Curriculum for Children: Ages 6 through 8 (3cr)
  EDUINDP 462*
Directed Teaching D: 5 through 8 years (6cr)
Required General Education or PI 34 courses EDUINDP 443C
Field Study: Early Elementary 
(1st Through 3rd Grade) (full semester) (1cr)
  EDUINDP 465*
Reflective Seminar: Phase 4 Portfolio (1cr)
Reflective Seminar: Phase 3 Portfolio (full semester) (1cr)
7cr 13cr 13cr

Students will take Required University Courses and PI 34 courses as needed.

*These courses are only required if the student is seeking DPI teaching licensure

Field Experiences

Students are involved in fieldwork and directed teaching experiences throughout the program. The placements provide students with a variety of experiences, covering the wide range of careers that are available after graduation. The placements also provide students with the opportunity to implement classroom strategies in professional experiences, enhancing their educational experiences.

Students complete the following experiences:

  • 50 hour placement working with children ages 3–5 years old and the special education professionals who work with them
  • 50 hour placement in an elementary school working in a 1–3 grade classroom
  • 150–300 hour student teaching placement working with young children birth to three years old and their families
  • 9-week full time student teaching placement in a 1–3 grade classroom
  • 9-week full time student teaching placement working with an elementary school special educator

Please note that if you are completing the program without the intention of applying for your teaching licenses, you only complete the two 50 hour placements. The other three are only required if you intend to obtain your teaching licenses.

Meeting Dates

The ECE4U program classes are offered through an online blended hybrid model. This means that the coursework is completed mostly online, but there are six face-to-face meeting dates each semester. On these dates, classes are held on UW-Whitewater’s campus in Winther Hall, located near the corner of Prairie Street and Starin Avenue. The face-to-face meeting dates are requirements of the program. Dates are available a year in advance, so please plan ahead. You can plan on attending classes on these Saturdays from 8:30 to 3:30.

Spring 2020 Face to Face Dates

First 8 Weeks

  • January 25, 2020
  • February 15, 2020
  • March 7, 2020

Second 8 Weeks

  • March 14, 2020
  • April 4, 2020
  • May 2, 2020

Summer 2020 Face to Face Dates

First 8 Weeks

  • May 30, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
  • June 27, 2020

Second 8 Weeks

  • July 11, 2020
  • July 25, 2020
  • August 8, 2020

Contact Information:

Program Coordinator: Anne Tillett

Phone: 262-472-1833