Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)

The Early Childhood Education bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary is designed to provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to be a successful teacher of young children. You will learn how to develop educational programs and classrooms that emphasize developmentally appropriate practices, purposeful environment and lesson planning, and the importance of parent partnerships.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program will be eligible for the North Dakota Educator's Professional License to teach or provide programming to children from birth to third grade. 

The Early Childhood Education program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.


All the University of Mary education programs are fully accredited by the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and all CAEP national standards are fully met.


Early Childhood Education Degree Program Highlights

As you pursue your bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Mary, you will have many unique learning experiences prior to graduation:

  • Gaining skills for both professional and personal growth in a curriculum firmly grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values. 
  • Participating in supervised teaching situations in local schools from sophomore year through graduation, providing a strong link between theory and practice.
  • Working closely in small classes with experienced faculty who have a variety of teaching experiences.
  • Building professional and personal relationships with local early care and education professionals through servant leadership projects and coursework opportunities.
  • Participating in an educational leadership conference held at select universities around the state. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Emerging Leaders Academy, a four-year program in educational leadership.
  • Getting involved in professional organizations such as the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, South Central Reading Council, and Gateway to Science Center.

Career Outlook for Early Childhood Education Majors

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education program are employed in a variety of areas including early intervention, early care and education programming, kindergarten, and first through third grade.

The median annual wage for elementary school teachers was $59,670 in May 2019.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

The University of Mary has coordinated course offerings to allow an Early Childhood Education student to double major in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education and complete these degrees in four years. Upon graduation, students who double major will qualify for a teaching license in early childhood and elementary education. 

Other degrees and credentials that pair nicely are the Special Education major or minor and the Reading Credential.

For a list of courses for the Loading..., please visit the catalog.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.


If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: