Early Childhood Education Foundations
Experience the remarkable growth of youth children through hands-on experience within the Institute of Child Development, recognized as a premier center for child study and research.
What You'll Study
- View a sample 4-year plan of classes or a complete list of program requirements.
- Courses in child psychology and early childhood learning.
- Student teach at the Shirley G. Moore Lab School, an innovative preschool on the University of MN campus.
“I knew this was the program I wanted because of all of the hands-on experience. I feel totally prepared to do the licensure program because of my undergraduate practicum experiences and student teaching at the Lab School.” Megan Bluml ‘14.
Your Community & Instructors
- You’ll have small classes with the same group of students.
- Learn from and collaborate with the teaching staff at the Lab School.
- Jed Elison teaches a course on infant development and is a leader in studying infant and brain development.
Take specific courses that prepare you to enter one of our three master’s level licensure programs:
- Early Childhood Education (ages Birth – 3rd grade)
- Elementary Education (K-6th grade)
- Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-age 6)
Or you can pursue work that does not require a license, such as working in preschools, social service agencies, and nonprofit organizations.