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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education; Licensure & Non-Licensure

The Department of Educational & Clinical Studies is dedicated to preparing students to excel in Early Childhood Education by obtaining the knowledge and skills necessary to support the teaching and learning of young children. Students may select a B.S. in Early Childhood Education that will lead to licensure or non-licensure status.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of young children’s characteristics and needs and of the interacting influences on children’s development and learning to create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child;
  • Know the importance of children’s families and communities and use this understanding to create respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families while involving families in their children’s development and learning;
  • Recognize child observation, documentation, and other forms of assessment are central to the practice of all early childhood professionals;
  • Understand that instructional strategies used with young children involves considering children’s ages, characteristics, and the settings within which teaching and learning occur
  • Use their knowledge of academic disciplines to design, implement, and evaluate experiences that promote positive development and learning for each and every young child;
  • Identify and conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession while using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.

Career Possibilities

Possible career options after receiving this degree:

  • Licensed teacher
  • Preschool provider
  • Preschool administrator
  • Day care teacher
  • Day care administrator
  • State education department director or employee