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The first eight years of a child’s life determine his or her future success in school. As preschool, kindergarten and elementary enrollments increase over the next decade, the need for new teachers will grow. With our Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Children Education (BSEd/ECH), you’ll gain the skills needed to shape children’s academic, social and cognitive skills.

This degree program is intended for students with no prior teaching experience who want to work with children from pre-K through grade 3 or age 8. The curriculum includes all of the essential elements required to help prepare you for teacher licensure in the field of early childhood education, and is aligned with National Association for the Education of Young Children® (NAEYC®) standards. Certification requirements differ from state to state, however, so check the website of your state’s licensure board for more information.

Credits waived for students who hold the CDA credential

Your passion for quality early education led you to complete your Child Development Associate (CDA). Now you can take the next step to become a teacher with a Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood Education and potentially waive up to 21 credits toward the completion of your degree.

*University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-approved programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Utah Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

References: The Annie E. Casey Foundation (2013), “The First Eight Years”:

Carnevale, A., et al. (June 2010), “Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018,” Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce:

National Association for the Education of Young Children  & NAEYC® are a registered trademarks of National Association for the Education of Young Children

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University’s initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

What you'll learn

The Bachelor of Arts in Education (BSED) with a specialization in Early Childhood Education is an undergraduate degree program preparing candidates for teacher licensure in the field of early childhood (birth to age eight/grade 3). The curriculum is aligned with the Interstate Teaching Assessment and Support Consortium's (InTASC) model core teaching standards and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. The curriculum includes common core standards, child development and learning, building family and community relations, cultural diversity, assessment to support young children and families, strong content knowledge to build developmentally appropriate and meaningful curriculum and experiences, and professionalism and ethics of educators. Throughout the program, students are required to complete verified field experiences and student teaching.

The Bachelor of Science in Education/Early Childhood is an undergraduate degree program intended to prepare students with no prior teaching experience for initial teacher licensure. The program is designed for students who want to work with children from pre-K through grade 3 or age 8 as a licensed early childhood educator. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and student teaching above and beyond program coursework. As licensure requirements may vary by state, it is the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice and to contact the applicable state educator licensure agency to verify current requirements to become a licensed teacher. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a teacher with any local, state or federal entity.

Certification in Alabama

State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants for an Alabama certificate based on reciprocity must meet Alabama’s test requirements and submit a valid, renewable professional educator certificate/license issued by another state at the degree level, grade level, and in the teaching field or area of instructional support for which an Alabama certificate is sought and for which Alabama issues a certificate. Applicants for Alabama certification in an area of administration must also document at least three years of full-time employment as an administrator in a P-12 school system(s).

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