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Early Childhood Education Endorsement (Certification)

The future is bright!

A lot happens between the day a child is born and his or her first few years of elementary school. A lot of development. A lot of learning.

The William Woods University Early Childhood Endorsement (ECE) addition to the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree will prepare you to teach children from infancy to third grade. You will explore the stages of development and understand their various implications on how children learn best at each age. You will learn the best approaches to teaching for language, social and cognitive development—crucial foundations that build bright futures.

Students obtain teacher certification in Early Childhood Education by completing the Elementary Education major (52 hours) and the Early Childhood endorsement course sequence (12 hours), including an extra practicum. Students must also pass the ECE content exam and student teach in first grade.

These students may apply for certifications in Elementary Education and in Early Childhood, or in Elementary Education only. They may not apply for certification in Early Childhood only.

Career opportunities:

Prepare for a career as a/an:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Education administrator
  • Childcare director
  • Child and family social worker
  • Social and human services assistant
  • Guidance counselor
  • Personal care aide
  • Children’s museum project coordinator
  • Parent educator

Requirements/Curriculum

The Early Childhood Education Endorsement (Certification) concentration within the Elementary Education major includes coursework in assessing young children, early childhood principles, management and more.


Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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