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- Our faculty are recognized experts in early childhood because of their teaching, research and service activities.
- Our program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- Our 72-day student teaching internship exceeds the state’s certification requirements for student teaching by 12 days.
- Before starting your student teaching, you’ll have 91 hours of additional field work than the state requires.
Learn to work with children from birth to age 8 by majoring in early childhood education. In class, you’ll discover how children develop during their early years, which will help prepare you to educate them from birth to third grade. Our program emphasizes diverse experiences and populations with a focus on early literacy and early mathematical and scientific development. From the moment you step on campus, field experience in numerous areas will help you hone your teaching skills. In addition, University partnerships with several local school districts will give you necessary hands-on experience with different populations. Your classes will range from infant and toddler development to methods courses in major areas, such as reading, math, science, language arts, social studies and curriculum. We encourage all our students to develop a global perspective by participating in cross-cultural experiences.