Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3
School of Education

Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 3

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

130 credits

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The early childhood education degree will prepare you to teach and engage children from birth to grade 3 in a public or private setting. This degree will also prepare you for further graduate study. Study under professors who integrate a Christian worldview with the profession of teaching.

This degree might be the right fit for you if you

  • enjoy working with young children
  • are eager to serve
  • enjoy teaching young children
  • are interested in a career in education

Why study early childhood education at Northwestern?

You’ll learn professional practices to engage children from diverse backgrounds. Our students develop an appreciation for diversity in the classroom.

The School of Education offers you the opportunity to go to Haiti for one week to learn how different education is overseas. This trip will help equip you to teach in diverse communities. You can also study abroad or take part in our international student teaching program.

Northwestern’s School of Education provides four levels of classroom practicum experience

  • The first level allows you to find your personal “fit” within the teaching profession.
  • The second focuses on developing theory and skills related to diversity.
  • The third engages you to apply methodologies within your chosen field by creating, teaching, and evaluating lessons in a school classroom.
  • The final level is full-time student teaching in a chosen licensure field.

The School of Education provides teacher education programs approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board. They meet the state standards adopted for licensure programs as defined in state Rule 8710.2000 through 8710.8080. All licensure programs are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards and the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice.

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Careers in early childhood education

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in early childhood education.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Teaching in your area of specialty
  • Private tutoring
  • Creating/directing educational programs
  • Curriculum development
  • Instructional design (technology training may be required)
  • Textbook editing
  • Online education
  • Student life/student affairs
  • Corporate or business training and development
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of seniors feel faculty set high, clearly stated expectations
in school placements across the Twin Cities metro area
meets licensure requirements for the Minnesota Board of Teaching

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