Teacher candidates entering the Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education program gain real-world preparation for their career through the following experiences:
- Obtaining excellent applied training in working with infants, toddlers, preschool, and elementary children grades K–3
- Learning to access student needs using a variety of assessment tools
- Gaining abilities and practice in planning instruction for a wide range of learners
- Learning to collaborate with parents, therapists, case workers, etc.
- Receiving knowledge and training in preparation for graduate school in a variety of fields including occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, etc.
In this career, you will work with families and infants (birth to age 3) in an early intervention setting.
Preschool teachers instruct regular or special education preschool for children ages 3–5 years.
These teachers work in regular or special education with grades K–3 in an elementary school.
A degree in education can prepare you for careers such as business training and education product sales.
You will create effective curriculum to help educators teach their students in this career.
Getting Started in This Degree
If you are interested in Early Childhood Education, start with one of the following major-specific courses:
Elementary Education teachers are uniquely skilled in designing and delivering instruction to engage children in the learning process. The Elementary Education major prepares candidates to provide children with foundational skills necessary to continue learning throughout their lives and empowers young learners to reach their divine potential.
The Special Education program prepares students to work with individuals with special needs from kindergarten through age 21. Teacher candidates will demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and application of skills during multiple supervised practicum teaching experiences within partnered schools before beginning their student teaching experience.
This degree provides you with professional preparation to enter the work force. This degree is made to only be a two-year degree and is not intended to be transferable to a four-year college. This program is designed to help graduates become teachers or directors for different settings with child development.