Early childhood teacher teaching lesson to young students
  • Program Type
  • Degrees Offered
    B.A., B.S.
  • School
    Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Guide future generations of children through their most formative years. Instill a love of life-long learning and values of empathy and respect.

What You’ll Learn

Colleges of Distinction Education Seal

You’ll learn how to develop educational programs and classrooms that emphasize developmentally appropriate practices, purposeful environment and lesson planning, and the importance of parent partnerships. Our graduates have the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to be successful teachers of young children.

Become eligible for state licensure.

Graduates of the early childhood education program are eligible for the North Dakota Educator's Professional License to teach or provide programming to children from birth to third grade.

Link theory with practice through supervised classroom teaching experiences.

You’ll participate in supervised teaching situations in local schools, from sophomore year through graduation.

Build your network.

Build professional and personal relationships with local early care and education professionals through servant leadership projects and coursework opportunities.

Increase your professional visibility.

You are encouraged to participate in educational leadership conferences held at select universities around the state.

Double major.

Combine your study of early childhood education with a major in elementary education or special education.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.


Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

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.

Career Paths

  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Childcare center director 
  • Special education teacher 
  • School counselor
  • Family support specialist 
  • Home-based service provider
Students in the Dining Hall

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Featured Faculty

Janet Bassingthwaite, MEd

Director of Early Childhood Education Program, Director of Child Development Studies Program, Assistant Professor of Education

As a former Head Start teacher, Early Head Start Coordinator, Infant Toddler Specialist, and current ECE consultant, I bring over 20 years of early care and education experience to faciliate rich learning opportunties in a wide range of professional avenues. Through collaboration with local, private, and public systems, key partnerships have been established with agencies, programs, and schools serving children birth to age 8, allowing UMary students the opportunity to explore a variety of professional options in the field and gain the knowledge and practice to prepare them for work with young children and their families. As an early childhood advocate I participate on local and statewide early childhood initiative committees, which allows continued growth of the ECE program and keeping current with the pulse of the profession.

Take Your Next Step in Early Childhood Education