Are you interested in preparing for a career working with young children? Our early childhood education program provides you with the knowledge and training to pursue a variety of career possibilities in public and private schools as well as childcare centers and community programs for children. You may focus on the study of children from birth-to-kindergarten age or pre-kindergarten (pre-k)-to-grade 3.
You will study the theoretical and practical aspects of the physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, and creative development of young children. You will also consider the child in the context of family, services for children, and collaboration with other professions.
You will participate in a placement with children in pre-k or kindergarten and then, depending upon the areas of endorsement you select, you will complete another placement in either birth-to-pre-kindergarden or grades 1, 2, and 3. Whichever you decide, the program helps shape your professional identify in the field of early childhood education and guides you in developing the professional skills needed to succeed in this field.
Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our program in early childhood education, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut. See pass rate report.