shaping the minds of students

childhood education

in the childhood education program, you'll have the chance to choose between two concentrations: early childhood education (b-k) or elementary education (k-6).


both concentrations emphasize project-based and other active learning strategies and reflection; students apply what they have learned in their college classrooms to help facilitate their activities in public and private school settings, after-school programs, area camps, and other field placement settings.

related programs:

  • early childhood education

  • elementary education

  • teacher licensure

what you'll experience in the childhood education program:

  • study methods in teaching in a wide range of subjects to explore and discover your interests, as well as become a well-rounded and experienced educator. 
  • discover more about childhood development in a multi-faceted and experiential approach.
  • learn to approach education with a comprehensive perspective that takes into account the cognitive, social, and emotional wellbeing of the learner.
  • get the chance to work with children to learn and observe their developmental stages and see early childhood education in action.

majors, minors, and concentrations:

childhood education majors earn a bachelor of arts (ba) in childhood education, with a required concentration in one of the following areas:

  • early childhood education (b-k)
    • the early childhood education (ece) education concentration offers a birth-to kindergarten (b-k) licensure route and a non-licensure route for you to work with young children between the ages of birth to five.
  • elementary education (k-6)
    • if you are wishing to study childhood education in the elementary ages or to earn teacher licensure in elementary education, you must major in elementary education (k-6).

career opportunities:

  • teacher
  • childcare center director
  • home-based service provider
  • family support specialist
  • consultant
  • researcher
  • sales representative
  • elementary school teacher
  • teacher assistant
  • childcare worker