Early Childhood Education
Degrees OfferedB.A., B.S.
SchoolLiffrig 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
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.
Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.
North Dakota Education Standards and Practices BoardAll 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.
Careers & Outcomes
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.
- Childcare center director
- Special education teacher
- School counselor
- Family support specialist
- Home-based service provider
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Janet Bassingthwaite, MEd
Director of Early Childhood Education Program, Director of Child Development Studies Program, Assistant Professor of Education