Educational Studies (Early Childhood Education) (BAE)

The BAE program in educational studies with a concentration in early childhood education prepares graduates to lead change and innovation in early childhood education. It provides students with experience in collaborative and reflective practice, develops leadership and critical thinking, and builds the skills needed for working with and advocating for children from birth to age five.

This program is delivered online and tailored for individuals working in early childhood settings such as Head Start; child development centers; preschools; and private, public or home-based child care. Students must work or volunteer in an early-childhood setting in the last two years of the program to successfully complete the coursework.

The curriculum allows educators to apply coursework to their professional practice. It focuses on early childhood development, instructional strategies, delivering highly individualized instruction, classroom management, intentional teaching and reflective practice, and advocating for and leading early childhood and family resources.

This program does not lead to teacher certification. Students seeking teacher certification should enroll in one of the other Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College undergraduate programs.

Degree Offered

Educational Studies (Early Childhood Education) (BAE)


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Many students are already teaching in Head Start preschools and this program supports a recent Head Start mandate which requires that preschool teachers hold a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. The BAE in educational studies with a concentration in early childhood education will meet these requirements. In addition, a BAE in educational studies will provide graduates with other opportunities for careers involving work with children and youths.

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