Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jul 24, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

B.A.S. Early Childhood Development degree plan

Early Childhood Development, B.A.S.

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Unified General Education Core - 42-45 hrs

The Unified General Education Core is required for all bachelor degrees at Wayland.

Creative Expression for Engaging Community - 9 hrs

Critical Examination of Creation and Community - 12-14 hrs

Christian Foundations for Life in Community - 9 hrs


  1. ENGL 1301  and ENGL 1302  should be taken within first year of enrollment.
  2. COMS requirement may differ by degree. The B.S.N. specifies COMS 1301  or higher. Students pursuing teacher certification should take COMS 2302 .
  3. Creative Arts requirements for the B.S.N. specifies ART 1301  or higher, or MUSI 1303  or higher. The B.M. degree specifies ART 1301 , ART studio course, HUMA 2300  or ENGL 3330 . The B.S.I.S. EC-6 degree can take FNAR 2401 . The B.A. Worship Studies specifies MUSI 3305 .  Students pursuing the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must choose from ART 1301 , ART Studio Course, or MUSI 1303 .
  4. Students in the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must take an ENGL literature elective.
  5. HIST 1303  or HIST 1304  can be applied to either History or Multi-Cultural sections.
  6. HIST 2301  and HIST 2302  are required for teacher certification and the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree.
  7. To ensure broad training, no more than 6 credit hours from Literature or History may fulfill the requirements for Cultural Perspectives within Community; however, students may use the Multi-Cultural history or literature course options to fulfill 3 hours of Literature or History requirements, and then may also complete an additional Multi-Cultural course from a different discipline.
  8. Students with two years of documented high school foreign language (minimum grade of ‘B’ or 3.0) may enroll in 2000-level courses (or higher where prerequisites allow) in that same language. Any student with significant informal background in a foreign language may contact the School of Languages and Literature for information about placement testing.
  9. Students pursuing the B.A.S. Banking and Finance, B.A.S. Business Administration, B.A.S. Computer Information Systems, B.A.S. Computer Science, B.A.S. Digital Marketing, B.A.S. Environmental Sciences, B.A.S. Mission in Business, B.B.A., B.S., B.S.I.S. Middle School Core Subjects, B.S.I.S. Middle School Math, or B.S.I.S. Middle School Science degrees are required to take MATH 1304 .
  10. B.S.N. students must take BIOL 3410  to meet this requirement.
  11. Students associated primarily with the Plainview campus must take a 4-hour laboratory science course to fulfill the Unified General Education science requirement. Students not associated primarily with the Plainview campus may fulfill the science requirement through a 4-hour laboratory science course or the 3-hour non-lab version.
  12. ECON 2307  cannot be used for students pursuing the A.A.S. Business Administration, B.A.S. Business Administration, B.B.A. (all specializations), or B.C.M. Co-vocational Ministry with General Business specialization degrees.  Students in the B.S. Mathematics with minor in Engineering dual degree must take ECON 2307 PSYC 1301 , or SOCI 1301  to meet this requirement.
  13. EDUC 2307  is required for teacher certification.
  14. PSYC 1301  is required for students pursuing the B.S.N. degree.
  15. Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301 - Old Testament History  or RLGN 1302 - New Testament History , or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist institutions to meet the core requirement in any Wayland degree. If a student has taken RLGN 1301  and/or RLGN 1302 , or their equivalents, at any institution except other Baptist institutions, then the student has two options to meet the core requirement: (1) take RLGN 1301  and/or RLGN 1302  at Wayland, or (2) take THST 4310 THST 4311 THST 4312 THST 4313 , or THST 4320  in lieu of RLGN 1301 ; and/or take THST 4320 THST 4321 THST 4322 , or THST 4323  in lieu of RLGN 1302 THST 4320  may be an option for either RLGN 1301  or RLGN 1302  as stated above, but may not count for both on the same degree plan. No other THST/MNST courses may substitute for either RLGN 1301  or RLGN 1302 . The Dean of the School of Christian Studies must approve any exception to this policy. RLGN 1301  or RLGN 1302 , or their equivalents, taken at non-Baptist institutions, may be transferred as elective credit with approval of the Dean of the School of Christian Studies and the Registrar.
  16. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt from EXSS requirements with DD-214 from basic training.
  17. Students associated primarily with the Plainview campus must take BASC 1200  and EXSS 1112 . Students not associated primarily with the Plainview campus will take BASC 1301 .
  18. GRAD 0001  not required for Associate degree.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an inverted degree program which allows individuals to apply a vocational/technical field (i.e., courses, training, or work experience) as credit toward an applied associate’s degree and, in turn, to apply the associate’s degree toward a B.A.S. degree. Students in this degree program desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. The B.A.S. exists to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate baccalaureate program while enhancing the liberal arts component of the student’s education.

The B.A.S. degree is designed for individuals who have completed occupational/technical degrees and certificates at community, vocational, and technical colleges and schools; individuals who have completed occupational/vocational training in U.S. Armed Services Schools, the workplace, and career training centers; occupational and technical faculty at regional and local public schools; individuals who have received several years of on-the-job training; and individuals entering these technical/career paths.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree is a minimum 124-credit hour program. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be upper-level (junior/senior level) credit. Major fields of study included in the degree have specific upper-level requirements. The student may select from majors which combine non-traditional credit with a traditional liberal arts background.

No additional degree specific general education courses are required for this degree.  Students pursuing the B.A.S. degree will complete the Unified General Education Core requirements.


The B.A.S. degree requires a 36-credit hour major of which 18 credit hours must be upper-level credit. The major may be selected from applied science, banking and finance, business administration, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice administration, digital marketing, early childhood development, elementary education, environmental studies, human services, management, middle school language arts, and mission in business.

Professional Development

The Professional Development component consists of 24 credit hours selected to provide depth or breadth to the major and to provide substantive developmental knowledge for the student’s career or personal goals.

Experiential Professional Development

The experiential professional development component consists of 12 credit hours designed to provide practical experience as an integral part of the student’s career development. Practicums and internships may be placed in this area or up to 12 credit hours of practicum or internships may be placed in the major specialization if related to the major. Experiential learning may satisfy a portion of this requirement. Experiential learning must be evaluated and approved by the university.


The student may complete the remainder of the required 124 credit hours with courses which complement or extend career preparation or pursue subject fields that hold special appeal. However, before using elective credit hours, students should check with their advisor to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level credit hour requirements for graduation are being met.

Early Childhood Development

Course Requirements

Students majoring in Early Childhood Development must complete 36 credit hours, of which 18 must be upper-level credit. The 36-credit hour major includes the following courses:

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