Program Highlights

The Early Childhood Developmental Therapy major is for the student interested in child development, early intervention, and a career path in Developmental Therapy.  This concentration of the Early Childhood Education program prepares students to become a certified Developmental Therapist.

Candidates for this major will gain:

  1. A broad background in early childhood education
  2. Methods classes offering instruction and assessment strategies for instruction with young children
  3. Professional education classes providing theory and experiences concerning learning environments
  4. An understanding of the needs of young children with special needs. 

The courses needed to gain this preparation are listed below for both the degrees available to Early Childhood Developmental Therapy candidates – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degrees.  The list includes courses required by University Studies and by the School of Education.  Candidates completing this program will receive the developmental therapist credential and the internship leading to final certification as a Developmental Therapist. 

Departmental Course Offerings

Early Childhood Developmental Therapy Major Courses

  • ED115. Instructional Strategies for Individuals with Learning Disabilities in K-12 Classrooms (3)
  • ED120. Introduction to American Education (3)
  • ED170, 172. Education Internship (1)
  • ED310. Communities of Learners (3)
  • ED420. Instructional Analysis, Design, and Assessment in Pre-student Teaching (2)
  • ED473 Developmental Therapy Internship
  • ED487 Developmental Therapy Seminar

Sophomore Block - Semester 3 - Fall Only

  • ED202. Early Childhood Methods (3)
  • ED209. Foundations of Bilingual Education (IN251) (3)
  • ED232. Early Childhood Development (3)
  • ED240. Infant and Child Assessment w/ Families (3)
  • ED239. Characteristics Of Young Children w/ Special Needs (3)

Sophomore - Semester 4 - Spring Only

  • ED237. Health, Nutrition, and Welfare (3)
  • ED204. Literacy I: Children’s Literature (3)
  • ED238. Child Language Development and Linguistics (3)


Junior - Semester 5 - Fall Only

  • ED337. Art Integration in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (3)


Junior Block - Semester 6 - Spring Only

(Admission to the School of Education required)

  • ED332. Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies (3)
  • ED335. Children, Families, and Community Engagement (3)
  • ED336. Math and Science Methods
  • ED339. Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3)

Senior Year - Semester 7 - Fall Only

  • ED435. Reading Methods in ECE (3)
  • ED430. Leadership and Professionalism In Early Childhood Programs (3)
  • ED439. Assessment and Diagnosis of Children with Special Needs (3)
  • ED401. Integrating Culture in the Classroom (ICS) (3)

Sample Plan of Study

This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different.

Sample Plan of Study
Semester 1 University Seminar
Critical Writing, Reading, Research I
Introduction to Education & Internship
Semester 2 Critical Writing, Reading, Research II
Strategies for Learners with Disabilities
Semester 3 Early Childhood Educational Methods
Early Childhood Development
Infant and Child Assessment with Families
Characteristics of Young Children with Special Needs
Foundations of Bilingual Education
Semester 4 Language
Children’s Literature
Health, Nutrition and Welfare
Child Language Development and Linguistics
Oral Communication
Semester 5 US History
Integrating Culture in the Classroom
Supporting Core Curriculum through Art and Movement
Physical Science
Fine Arts
Semester 6 Creating Communities of Learners
Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies
Methods in Early Childhood, Special Ed
Child, Family, and Program Relationships
Math and Science Methods
Semester 7 Reading Methods in Early Childhood Education
Multidisciplinary Instructional Design and Assessment
Leadership and Professionalism in Early Childhood
Assessment and Diagnosis of Children with Special Needs
Semester 8 Developmental Therapy Internship
Developmental Therapy Seminar


Early Childhood Education Developmental Therapy Major