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Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Peter W. Moran, Department Head
313 McWhinnie Hall
Phone: (307) 766-6366, FAX: (307) 766-2018
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/elemed/

Professors

MICHELLE BUCHANAN, B.A. University of Utah 1974; M.Ed. University of Illinois 1976; Ph.D. University of Washington 1995; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011, 1997.
JACQUELINE LEONARD, B.A. Saint Louis University 1981; M.A.T. University of Texas, Dallas 1991; M.T.S. Southern Methodist University 1994; Ph.D. University of Maryland at College Park 1997. Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.
GEORGE KAMBERELIS, B.A. Bates College 1976; M.A. University of Chicago 1979; M.S. University of Michigan 1990; Ph.D. 1993; Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011.

Associate Professors

STEVEN M. BIALOSTOK, B.A. University of the Pacific 1975; M.S.W. California State University--Sacramento 1986; Ph.D. University of Arizona 1999; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2005, 2000.
ALAN R. BUSS, B.A. Brigham Young University 1989; M.A. 1993; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1998; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2003, 1997.
SCOTT A. CHAMBERLIN, B.A. Purdue University 1989 and 1993; M.Ed. University of Utah 1998; Ph.D. Purdue University 2002; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2009, 2003.
TRICIA JOHNSON, B.S. Lehigh University 1991; M.Ed. 1993; Ed.S. George Washington University 1997; Ed.D. Columbia University 2004; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.
STEVEN LOCKE, B.A. Indiana University 1985; M.S. Portland State University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University 1997; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2005, 2001.
SAMARA MADRID, B.A. University of Hawaii at Hilo 1998; M.A. San Jose State University 2000; Ph.D. Ohio State University 2007; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2014, 2009.
PATRICK MANYAK,
B.A. Pepperdine University 1988; M.S. 1990; Ph.D. University of Southern California-Los Angeles 2001; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2007, 2001.
PETER WILLIAM MORAN, B.A. University of Wyoming 1987; M.A. Kansas State University 1993; Ph.D. 2000; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2001.
LYDIAH NGANGA, B.S. University of Wyoming 1998; M.S. 2000; Ph.D. 2005; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011, 2006.
AMY ROBERTS, B.S. Indiana University 1986; M.A. Portland State University 1991; Ph.D. Indiana University 1996; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2004, 1998.
KATHERINE MUIR WELSH, B.A. University of California-Berkeley 1986; Single Subject Teaching Credential (Life Sciences) University of California-Santa Barbara 1990; Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles 2002; Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2008, 2002.

Assistant Professors

JENNIFER FORRESTER, B.S. Western Carolina University 2002; M.A.T. University of North Carolina at Charlotte 2006; Ph.D. North Carolina State University, expected 2010; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012, 2010.
TAO HAN, B.A. Sungshin Women's University, Korea 1984; M.A. University of Arizona 1993; M.A. University of Nevada-Reno 2002; Ph.D. 2006; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012, 2010.
ANA HOUSEAL, B.A. University of Iowa 1985; M.A. University of Northern Iowa 1998; Ph.D. University of Illinois 2010; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011.
TAMMY MIELKE, B.S. Martin Luther College 1991; M.A. Eastern Michigan University 2002; Ph.D. Coventry University, UK 2007; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2011.
DANA ROBERTSON, B.A. Berklee College of Music 1996; M.Ed. University of Massachusetts 2001; Ed.D. Boston University 2012; Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012.

Associate Lecturer

KIMBERLY MILLER, B.A. University of Wyoming 1998; M.A. 2003; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2013, 2007.
AMY SPIKER,
B.A. University of Wyoming 1989; M.A. 2004; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2013, 2007.
DIANA L. WIIG,
B.A. University of Northern Iowa 1975; M.A. University of Wyoming 1990; Ph.D. 2004; Associate Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Assistant Lecturers

NIKKI BALDWIN, B.A. University of Wyoming 1994; M.A. 2005; Assistant Lecturer of Elementary and Early Childhood Education 2012, 2009.

Professors Emeritus

Barbara A. Chatton, Margaret Cooney, Judith Z. Ellsworth, Patricia McClurg. R. Timothy Rush

Early Childhood Education

The College of Education offers two certification programs in early childhood education: one at the undergraduate level for teachers serving children from birth to age eight and one at the graduate level serving children with special needs from birth through age five. In addition, undergraduate students in elementary education may choose early childhood education as an 18 hour area of concentration. All of the programs are interdisciplinary in nature, with course offerings available from four different colleges on campus: education, agriculture, arts and sciences and health sciences. Specific advising in each of the early childhood options support students in their program development. The following courses are a partial list of the course offerings available. Masters and Doctoral degrees in education are available. Additional information may be found in the Graduate Bulletin or on the department's web page.

Early Childhood Education Minor

The minor consists of 22 credit hours including 9 hours of upper division credit. Of those 22 hours, students may include a maximum of 7 hours of early childhood course work that counts for both major and minor requirements.
It is recommended that students interested in obtaining the early childhood minor apply to the program by the freshman year or the beginning of the sophomore year by completing the Change of Adviser, Major, Minor of Area of Concentration form.

Required courses (22 credits):

  • EDEC 1020: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • FCSC 2121: Child Development (4 credits) or PSYC 2300 and FCSC 2122 (4 credits)
  • EDEC 2000: Engaging Families in Early Childhood Settings (3 credits)
  • EDEC 3000: Observing Young Children (3 credits)
  • EDEC 3220: School Programs for Young Children (3 credits)
  • EDEC 4320: Oral and Written Language Acquisition (3 credits)


One elective from the list below*:

  • EDEL 2280: Literature for Children (3 credits)
  • FCSC 2131: Family Relationships (3 credits)
  • FCSC 3119: Parent-Child Relationships (3 credits)
  • FCSC 3129: Social Development in Young Children (3 credits)
  • FCSC 3220: Multicultural Influences on Children and Families (3 credits)
  • FCSC 4124: Families of Young Children with Special Needs (3 credits)
  • FCSC 4127: Directing Preschool & Daycare Programs (3 credits)
  • EDCI 4140: Storytelling (3 credits)
  • EDEC 4350: Health Management Issues in Early Childhood Special Education (3 credits)
  • EDEC 5210: Seminar in Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EDEC 5220: Children with Disabilities: Birth to Five (3 credits)
  • SPPA 2110: American Sign Language I & II (4 credits)

*Students may petition other early childhood electives.

Elementary Education (EDEL) Courses

Early Childhood (EDEC) Courses

Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) Courses

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