Early Childhood Education (P-3)


The University of North Alabama is dedicated to making the transfer process as simple as possible. As required by Alabama State Law, UNA will take your course work as outlined in the appropriate STARS Transfer Guide and enable you to graduate with the same number of hours as native UNA students in the same degree program (assuming you do not change majors). Together, the Transfer Guide and the UNA Area V Page, if used correctly, will guide you through your first two years of course work and prevent the loss of credit hours upon transfer. If you have obtained a Transfer Guide for a major in Early Childhood Education (P-3), be sure to print this page and use it along with the Guide. Upon transfer, please bring these documents to insure a smooth academic transition.


  • This document is not designed to replace or override Areas I-IV of the official STARS Transfer Guide. It simply provides a list of recommended course options for students who are seriously considering a transfer to UNA to major in Early Childhood Education (P-3).
  • If you are transferring to UNA from an institution outside the Alabama Community College System, please contact the UNA Office of Admissions for the most up-to-date transfer information.

Maximum total number of electives/pre‐professional hours:  24

Hours specified by the Approved STARS Area V Guide: 12  (see the approved transfer guide at ) 

Remaining 12 hours should be selected from/include the following:

Area V: Elementary Education Support Courses

Additional Math (6 semester hours from the following):
UNA Course Community College Course Equivalent Course Hours

MA 100 Intermediate Algebra
MA 105 Introduction to Finite Mathematics

MTH 100
MTH 116
One additional Math course from Area III See Area III in Undergraduate Catalog 3
Additional Science (4 semester hours from the following - not taken in Area III):
UNA Course Community College Course Equivalent Course Hours
BI 102 Introductory Biology BIO 102 4
BI 112 Principles of Biology BIO 104 4
CH 101 Introductory Chemistry CHM 104 3
CH 102 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry CHM 105  3
CH 111 General Chemistry CHM 111 3
CH 112 General Chemistry CHM 112 3
ES 131 Earth Science/Physical Geology  PHS 111 or 121 or GLY 101 4
GE 111 Principles of Physical Geography GEO 101 or 220 4
GE 112 Principles of Physical Geography II GEO 102 4
PH 101 Interactive Physics PHS 112 or 122 4
PH 125 Descriptive Astronomy AST 120 4
PH 241 General Physics I PHY 201 4
PH 242 General Physics II PHY 202 4
PH 251 Technical Physics I PHY 213 5
PH 252 Technical Physics II PHY 214 5

Additional Notes:
All Natural Science courses must include the corresponding Laboratory.

Admission to the University of North Alabama does not guarantee admission into the UNA Educator Preparation Program. The Educator Preparation Program requires a separate admission process. For more information, see “Educator Preparation Requirements” in the UNA Undergraduate Catalog, or contact the UNA College of Education and Human Sciences.
Students who wish to add Collaborative Teacher (Special Education) certification for grades K-6 may do so by successfully completing the K-6 program with four additional courses (EEX 420, EEX 435, EEX 440 and EEX 442) and a 6-hour internship in a special education classroom.

Questions about UNA degree programs in Elementary Education should be directed to:

Dr. Katie Kinney
Elementary Education Interim Department Chair
 (256) 765-4251
505 Stevens Hall
UNA Box 5045
Florence, AL 35632-0001

UNA Department of Elementary Education

Please print this document and attach it to the University of North Alabama Articulation Guide. 
Together, this document and the articulation guide comprise the articulation 
agreement for a major in Early Childhood Education (P-3) at the University of North Alabama. 
Name:____________________________ Date:_________________ 
Thank you for choosing the University of North Alabama!