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Students on bench in Lyon HallEarly Childhood Development

The earliest years of our lives are the most critical. It’s when we develop social skills and the building blocks of learning. If you are interested in the development of children up to age 5 in public and private daycare centers, community-based preschools, state-funded preschools and child development centers this degree is for you. The Early Childhood (Non-Cert) Program is ideal for those who desire to work with young learners, utilizing a deep understanding of Early Childhood Education.

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the catalog.


The student will be introduced to Early Childhood Education, the young learner and her family in the initial classes. Courses in nutrition, health, thematic learning, play, mathematics, special education, literature for young children, and developmentally appropriate practice will prepare the student for all aspects of educating the young learner. Finally, the student will complete a practicum in an Early Childhood classroom.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • TOTS (Teachers of Tomorrow)
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Opportunities to visit various schools
  • Opportunities to participate in local and state conferences

Career Preparation

  • Preschool teacher
  • Teacher assistant
  • Childcare center director
  • Childcare worker
  • Nanny
  • Activities director in a children’s hospital
  • Home childcare provider

Contact Information

College of Education:  Contact Dr. Lynn Kelley at (205)652-5417.