Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in Early Childhood Development and Education Program program.
The mission of the Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program is to prepare reflective, competent, and caring Early Childhood Development and Education professionals to impact a diverse population of young children and families using research-based, developmentally appropriate practices. The program faculty believe that ALL young children deserve a strong foundation in a safe and nurturing environment, utilizing a constructive approach to learning through collaboration with family and community. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Development and Education B.S. Program select either Track 1 or Track 2 as their focus of study.
Undergraduate Degree Program
B.S. in Early Childhood Development and Education
Track 1: Education: Pre-Kindergarten – Primary (PK-3): an undergraduate degree intended to lead to initial teacher certification in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade.
Track 2: Early Childhood Development: an undergraduate degree intended for those who are interested in working with young children, but are not seeking teacher certification.
Early Childhood Education Minor: intended for students who are seeking an enhanced understanding of education or are considering a career working with young children.
Graduate Degree Program Program
Early Childhood Development and Education M.S.
The Masters of Science in Early Childhood Development and Education degree is designed for candidates with undergraduate degrees in a wide range of areas either related to early childhood education, such as child development, psychology, communication disorders, sociology, nursing, theatre, music or other degrees. The program of study includes advanced professional development in early care and education for careers with direct and indirect services for young children and families.