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.
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.
- Public school teacher
- Private school teacher
- Preschool teacher
- An educator in other settings that require a teaching license
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 27 credits in consultation with their advisor. Areas of study may include:
- Child psychology
- Culture and teaching
- English as a second language education
- Sign language (or other language minor)
- Family social science
- Applied psychology in educational and community settings
- Public policy
- Daycare center director
- Child development specialist
- Child advocate
- Youth program coordinator
- Early childhood educator in a setting that doesn’t require a teaching license, such as an early learning center, youth community program, or some private schools.
Why choose early childhood at the U of M?
- Study at the Institute of Child Development (ICD), a premier center for child study and research.
- Be a part of a small cohort. The average class size for early childhood classes is 30. Learn with the same group of students throughout your undergraduate studies.
- Student teach at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School, an on-campus preschool housed at ICD and a living laboratory for early childhood curriculum development.
- Learn abroad. Work in a Brazilian school and gain experience teaching English, complete a teaching practicum in France, or learn about teaching practices in Denmark. The University of Minnesota offers more than 300 study abroad programs in more than 80 countries.