Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education

As an early childhood education major, you'll inspire children to love school — and ignite a lifelong passion for learning from the beginning of their education. Our program integrates early childhood courses with information about children with special learning needs, hands-on experience and constant support from your University of Dayton community. When you graduate, you'll earn your teaching license and be prepared to teach grades prekindergarten through three (ages three through eight).

Program Outcomes

As an early childhood education major, you'll become an expert in the early childhood principles set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Division of Early Childhood and the Council for Exceptional Children. By graduation, you'll be able to develop active learning environments for children across all subject areas while focusing on diversity, pluralistic learning, family values and pluralistic domains.

As part of the academic program, you'll also have the opportunity to specialize your studies through a focus area. These areas include endorsements, certificates and concentrations in prekindergarten special needs, young catechetical leaders, sign language (a partnership with Sinclair Community College), education abroad, leadership, administration and advocacy, Urban Teacher Academy, early intervention birth to age three, foreign language, middle childhood content area concentration, or a self-designed focus area.

Firsthand teaching experiences begin your first year — many of them in our state-of-the-art Bombeck Family Learning Center on the University of Dayton campus. 

In order to be approved for student teaching and recommended for licensure, you must maintain a 2.5 grade point average overall, both in professional education courses and in your teaching field.

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