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Major in Early Childhood Education

The College of Education is committed to excellence in teacher preparation through both classroom instruction and extensive field experiences with area school districts. A degree in education prepares students for careers in unlimited settings helping to advance society by effectively teaching skills needed for daily life. The early childhood bachelor degree program, with an emphasis in both teaching skills and core knowledge, features faculty with extensive public school experience and significant academic credentials. This program provides the skills to serve as a pre-school or elementary teacher in grades P-4.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education is designed primarily for preshool workers and P-4 teaching assistants or paraprofessionals who are not interested in seeking entrance to a bachelor's degree program. A unique feature of this degree is the course work leading to a child development associate certificate (CDA) that is required by some childcare facilities in connection with government restrictions.

The following occupations represent some career opportunities available. Some will require additional education. For additional information, please contact Student Advisement and Career Planning. You may also want to view the degree plans for BS Early Childhood Education and AAS Early Childhood Education.


Career OpportunitiesAdditional Resources
Career Counselor
Child Advocate of Social Worker
Child Care Worker/Director
Children’s Book Author
Curriculum Specialist
Educational Materials Sales Specialist
Guidance Counselor
Human Resources Specialist
Educational Administrator
Teacher - Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary
Teaching Assistants
Training Instructor

UA Fort Smith College of Education: Early Childhood Education
UA Fort Smith College of Education: Preschool Education
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