Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed for early childhood educators interested in developing the skills necessary to effectively empower, engage and educate diverse learners in a variety of urban education settings both in the private and public sectors.

In consideration of the full spectrum of early childhood and the professional aspirations of students, there are two options for program completion: non-licensure and licensure. The non-licensure option is for educators interested in working in early childhood settings focused on birth to pre-K. The licensure option is for educators interested in working in early childhood settings focused on pre-K to Grade 3 and results in Early Childhood Education licensure (Grades P-3) by the state of Indiana.

As a student, you will learn from experienced faculty members who will prepare you to be a transformative teacher of early childhood-aged children. Evening, Saturday, and online-hybrid course offerings are tailored to support learners working toward professional certification and career advancement. As part of a learning cohort, students remain together for the duration of the two-year program.

In this program, you will:

  • Practice assessing children’s knowledge, planning instruction, and teaching in real classrooms
  • Progress from working with individual children to teaching small groups to managing the entire class
  • Learn to address issues of equity and other barriers to education in urban communities
  • Practice culturally relevant and inclusive teaching