Early Childhood

Faculty Top of Page

James M Geidner, Associate Professor

Early Childhood Program Description Top of Page

The Early Childhood minor is designed to acquaint the student with developmentally appropriate practices for children from birth through age 8. The minor is planned to prepare the student with the professional knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary for designing programs to foster the growth and development of children during the period of early childhood. Specific coursework and field experiences are required.

The minor is excellent preparation for students interested in Education (e.g., early childhood, administration, parent education), in Law (e.g., Child and Family advocacy), Social Service (e.g., family casework, child welfare, licensing, child protection, child policy) or in various health related areas (e.g., pediatrics, nursing, Child Life Specialist) involving children. It is also appropriate for students who are interested in gaining a broader understanding of children and families in contemporary society.

If the student chooses to take the minor in conjunction with the Elementary Education Major, the Early Childhood minor is required for students seeking the Wisconsin EC-MC license (ages birth to 11; Early Childhood through Middle Childhood Regular Education), and requires a student teaching placement in a kindergarten (nine weeks; six credits) and a placement in grades 1-6 (nine weeks; six credits). This minor is open to any student, regardless of their major. A Criminal Background Check and negative TB Test (Mantoux) are required to complete the required field experiences.

Early Childhood Minor Requirements Top of Page

22 total credits

Required courses (22 credits required):

Foundations of Early Childhood -- 3.00 credits
Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 3.00 credits
Child Guidance -- 3.00 credits
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Administration of Child Development Programs -- 3.00 credits

Elective credits - 6 credits from EC/HHP/HLTH/PSYC/TED as approved by the advisor

Seminars in Early Childhood -- 0.50 - 4.00 credits

Seminars in Early Childhood are offered each fall and each spring semester. Students must enroll for a minimum of 1 credit. Enrollment for EC 481 is through the Center for Continuing Education office.

Child Life Certification Program Description Top of Page

The Child Life program provides students with the expertise in helping children and their families overcome life's most challenging events. Armed with a strong background in child development and family systems, child life specialists promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization.

Child Life Certification is conferred through the Child Life Council. To achieve Child Life Certification, each candidate must satisfy all educational and experiential requirements established by the CLCC, and must demonstrate an acceptable level of knowledge of child life theory and practice by successfully completing the Child Life Professional Certification Examination as well as an internship in Child Life.

Child Life Certification is open to any student interested in working with children and families, primarily in a hospital setting. The Certification can be taken in conjunction with any major, or can be completed as an Interdisciplinary Major.

The Child Life program is designed to prepare students to sit for the Child Life Certification examination. Since the Child Life Council may, on an occasional basis, modify requirements for certification it is the responsibility of the student to become familiar with these requirements.

Child Life Certification Requirements Top of Page

This Certificate is NOT listed on a UW-Superior transcript.

The following sequence of courses prepares the student to apply to sit for the Child Life Certification exam.

52 total credits

Child Life Specific required courses (15 credits required):

Child Life -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 10.00 - 20.00 credits

Early Childhood required courses (15 credits required):

Exceptional Needs of Young Children -- 3.00 credits
Child Guidance -- 3.00 credits
Early Childhood Methods -- 3.00 credits
Family and Culture -- 3.00 credits
Administration of Child Development Programs -- 3.00 credits

Health and Human Performance Required required courses (16 credits required):

Introduction to Mental Health and Stress Management -- 3.00 credits
Responding To Emergencies and Safety Education -- 2.00 credits
Introduction to Health Science and Terminology -- 2.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Human Structure & Function -- 3.00 credits
Principles Of Nutrition -- 3.00 credits

Elective courses in Child Development required courses (6 credits required):

Child and Adolescent Development -- 3.00 credits


Human Development -- 3.00 credits


other course approved by the student's advisor.