This degree provides the knowledge and license to teach and help young children in general education and special education classes, as well as in home-based settings. Students will participate in multiple supervised intervention/teaching experiences with a partnered school district, on-campus lab, home, or center.

Pre school instructors

Real-World Preparation

Teacher candidates entering the Early Childhood Education / Early Childhood Special Education program gain real-world preparation for their career through the following:

  • 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.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Early Childhood Education have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Early Intervention

Work with families and infants (birth to age 3) in an early intervention setting


Teach regular or special education preschool for children ages 3–5 years


Teach regular or special education grades K–3 in an elementary school


Business training / education product sales

Curriculum Development

Create effective curriculum to help educators teach their studetns

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete (62) credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if MAJOR is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • CHILD210 - Child Development (3)
  • ED200 - Teaching as a Profession (2)
  • ED245 - Early Field Practicum (2)


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