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COEHD  Degree Information Sheet

B.A. in Multicultural Early Childhood Development

Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching  |   Undergraduate Degree

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Purpose of Program

The Bachelor of Arts in Multicultural Early Childhood Development (or B.A. MECD) program focuses on early learning experiences for very young children of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds as well as special needs. This innovative program’s curriculum is based on five premises that will help early childhood educators develop an in-depth knowledge of cognitive, linguistic, physical and socioemotional development as well as appropriate teaching and learning practices. The program aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation.

The program focuses on:

  • Quality early learning experiences
  • Collaboration with families
  • Programs for dual language learners
  • Early intervention principles and practices
  • Leadership and advocacy in early childhood settings

The program provides hands-on experiences at public and private agencies. Students enrolled in the program learn how to work and engage with families from diverse cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

Program Options

The B.A. in Multicultural Early Childhood Development offers students the opportunity to select from two minors that will help them specialize in two areas that are currently in high demand:

  • Dual Language (English Language Learners)
  • Early Intervention (Children with Special Needs)

Students will also have the opportunity to earn additional certifications, like the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) certification, and learn about global aspects of early childhood education through study abroad experiences.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the Multicultural Early Childhood Development degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Students seeking the B.A. degree in Multicultural Early Childhood Development must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements.

MAT 1043 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. AAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Language, Philosophy, and Culture. MAS 2023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. BBL 2003 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. AAS 2113MAS 2013PSY 1013, or SOC 1013 should be used to satisfy the Component Area Option core requirement.

For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see Core Curriculum Component Area Requirements.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the B.A. in Multicultural Early Childhood program can seek a career as children’s play leader, discovery leader, family development worker, children’s services manager, children or family services coordinator, child and family engagement content expert, and early intervention specialist.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet UTSA admission requirements and be in good standing with last institution attended (previous college experience). In addition, applicants must meet/fulfill the following departmental requirements or submissions:

Freshmen | Freshmen (International) | Transfers | Transfer (International) | Re-Admission | Non-Degree Seeking

For assistance with Admission Requirements, please contact the Admissions/Enrollment Office or the COEHD Advising Office (Listed Under Contacts)

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