Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (BAE)

The Bachelor of Arts in Education for Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education program prepares students for certification in early childhood education (birth to age 8 or through grade 3) and early childhood special education (birth to grade 3). This degree incorporates early childhood special education and is in high demand in schools.

This is a premier program taught by nationally renowned faculty members who emphasize community connectedness, technology integration, administration, policy analysis and advocacy related to young children with disabilities or developmental delays.

The program teaches typical and atypical child development, best practices in early childhood education, and the skills to assess, monitor, and report the progress of all children, including those with special needs. It provides techniques and approaches to involve family members in the growth and development of the young child.

Students’ course work is aligned with clinical experiences and internships, including a senior year residency collaborative student teaching experience that begins with an early childhood apprenticeship in a PreK-3 classroom at a partner school, as well as an early childhood special education setting.

Graduates desiring to teach in a public school, preschool, kindergarten or primary grades must pass the Arizona Educator Exams (AEPA/NES) in both content area and professional knowledge to be certified to teach in Arizona.

Degree Offered

Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education (BAE)

Tempe, Paradise Valley Unified School District

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

There is a strong demand for early childhood special education teachers in Arizona. A high percentage of students from this program receive job offers during their senior year residency. Many graduates with a degree in early childhood special education hold leadership positions in Head Start, private nonprofit and private for-profit center-based programs and public school early childhood environments. Early childhood certification or endorsement is required for teaching kindergarten in Arizona.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists10.3%$43,350
Distance Learning Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School8.59%$87,760
Education Administrators, Postsecondary2.26%$86,490
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program11.78%$43,950
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 23.88%$76,860
Instructional Coordinators23.19%$60,050
Instructional Designers and Technologists 23.19%$60,050
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education15.03%$50,120
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 18.95%$27,130
Special Education Teachers, Preschool$52,480
Tutors 14.73%$43,400

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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