B.S. in 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.
- Learn more about the major and advising
- Declare your major, complete a freshman application, or complete a transfer application.
“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.
The undergraduate program prepares you to enter a master’s level licensure program. Options are listed below. You can also prepare to be recommended for both the Early Childhood and the Elementary Education licenses after completing the M.Ed. program in Early Childhood Education. This is a popular option, and your advisor will help you plan your coursework.
- 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.