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B.S. in Early Childhood

Early childhood is a time of rapid development and change. With a degree in early childhood, you’ll be prepared to work with young children and their families in a variety of settings.

Adult and children on a field trip


Our curriculum will help you build a strong foundation in child development and early childhood teaching methods. Complete general coursework and choose from one of two tracks, depending on your career goals.

General coursework includes classes in cognitive development, social and emotional learning, and education of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities.

Track 1: Foundations of education

Start on the path to become a licensed educator for ages birth to 3rd grade. Earn a bachelor’s degree, a Minnesota teaching license, and a master’s degree in early childhood education in just five years.


In this track, you’ll take courses in language, literacy, and physical science, to prepare you for your role in the classroom.

Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to enter a licensure program. Choose to pursue an initial license in early childhood (birth to 3rd grade), early childhood with an additional license in elementary education (K-6th grade), or an initial license in early childhood special education (birth to age 6), or a license in parent education.

Career opportunities

Track 2: Individualized studies

Prepare to work in non-licensure educational settings like early learning centers or organizations where a teaching license is not required. You also will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree.


Students will develop an individualized focus of study made up of at least 12 credits in consultation with their advisor. Areas of study may include:

Individualized studies curriculum

Career opportunities

Why choose early childhood at the U of M?

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