This degree prepares the next wave of early childhood educators—people who will dramatically shape and influence the lives of children. The program includes a firm grounding in curriculum development and teaching, as well as in a content concentration.

This program is nationally recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (N.C.A.T.E.).

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education?

No job is more challenging, rewarding, or important than teaching small children. As an early childhood educator, you'll help shape the character-and future-of every child in your classroom. If you want to work with preschool and primary school-aged children, this degree will enhance your teaching skills in this area, and will prepare you to succeed.

For more than a century, Northern Arizona University has produced leaders for America schools. Our graduates have a 98 percent pass rate on the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment exam. The College of Education is technologically advanced, culturally responsive, and student-focused. Small class sizes guarantee that you will receive lots of individual attention. You'll also do plenty of classroom teaching.

Note: If you want to major in Early Childhood Education, you must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education Program in addition to being admitted to the university.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

  • Preschool education
  • Early childhood education

With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Preschool teacher
  • Primary school teacher
  • Childcare specialist
  • Librarian

University Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

  • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
  • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
  • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
  • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

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  • Flagstaff
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