Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education

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The Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education prepares you to work with children, birth to age 8 or grade 3, in both general education and special education settings. You'll focus on child development and the best practices in early childhood education, including the skills to assess, monitor and report the progress of children with and without disabilities or developmental delays. You'll also learn techniques and approaches to involve family members in the growth and development of young children. This program offers a full, structured English immersion endorsement to work with English language learners and provides extensive experiences in integrating technology into teaching. This program also provides professional experience in both general education and special education classrooms before you graduate.


View the course list and time to completion for this degree

Program locations

  • Tempe
  • ASU Sync live, remote classes. This option is available to transfer students who live in Arizona, outside of Maricopa County. Learn more


This degree qualifies you for Arizona educator certification in:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Special Education, Birth–age 8 or grade 3

You may be required to pass exams required by the state. Learn more from the Arizona Department of Education.

This program may also lead to licensure in other states. Learn more


Qualified educators are in high demand. Your future careers could include:

  • Preschool special education teacher 
  • Preschool general education teacher
  • K–3 special education teacher
  • K–3 general education teacher
  • Educator in public, charter or private schools, or HeadStart programs

Professional experiences

MLFTC Professional Pathways provides internships and residencies that expose you to more ways of teaching and learning.

Junior year
You’ll intern part-time in a general education and special education preschool classroom. 

Senior year
You’ll complete a full-time, year-long residency working as part of a K–3 team in a partner school. 

Every team works with the support of a certified lead teacher and an ASU faculty member called a site lead, introducing you to more modes of professional collaboration and problem-solving while offering you as much support as possible. The result? School hiring managers tell us MLFTC graduates enter the education workforce with the poise and skills of second-year teachers.

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“My students are ages three to five and I have some typically- and atypically-developing students and they all learn together. You have the advantage of learning how to accommodate and modify for both.”  Alexis Miller (BAE ’20)

Paying for college

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay, view ASU’s standard cost of attendance.

There are many ways to reduce your costs, including scholarships and grants just for education students.  Explore your options

Admission requirements

Students are required to meet all applicable ASU admission requirements for first-year studentstransfer students or international students

As a transfer student, you can ensure a positive experience by signing up for an ASU transfer pathway program. Find your path to ASU

Professional licensure

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the state of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check the professional licensure list for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Note that not all programs within Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College lead to professional licensure. Contact our enrollment team for more information: ASUeducation@asu.edu

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