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”: childrennow.org/uploads/documents/casey_first_8_years.pdf.
Carnevale, A., et al. (June 2010), “Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018,” Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce: https://georgetown.app.box.com/s/ursjbxaym2np1v8mgrv7.
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.