Early Childhood Education (NL)
Bachelor of Science
Invest in yourself and help prepare the next generation of students by earning an Bachelor of Science in early childhood education.
This 120-credit hour, non-licensure, program is designed for preschool workers and P-4 teaching assistants and includes more than 30-credit hours in ECE specific coursework which makes it a great choice for lead teachers in Head Start and private centers. Are you currently an ECE professional? You may be able to take courses, or have your staff take courses through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship®
Earning your early childhood education degree prepares you to become a successful leader in the ECE field. You will also be eligible to earn your first-time license in Early Childhood Pre-K through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education’s Early Childhood PreK Teacher Academy.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual median wage for preschool teachers in 2022 was $35,330.
Program Learning Outcomes
Based on the standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), students who successfully complete the B.S. in early childhood education will be able to:
- create healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging learning environments for young children in the developmental stages of learning from birth through age eight.
- prioritize engagement of diverse families and communities in respectful, reciprocal relationships that foster classroom development.
- articulate developmentally appropriate assessment in developing curriculum, teaching strategies, and in setting goals for their pre-kindergarten students.
- reflect and modify to promote positive outcomes in their teaching, utilizing a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching strategies/learning approaches
A.A.S. Early Childhood Education (Non-licensure)
This 60-credit hour program is designed primarily for preschool workers and P-4 teaching assistants or paraprofessionals who are not seeking admission into a teacher licensure program. Coursework is designed to address the birth-to-age-5 population.
This 26-hour program delivers a curriculum specifically designed to address pre-school and early childhood education. Courses include Child Guidance, Preschool Curriculum, and Infant Toddler Curriculum.
Certificate of Proficiency
This 13-hour program delivers a foundational curriculum designed to address preschool and early childhood education. Courses include Foundations of Early Childhood Education, Child Growth and Development, Future Perspectives in Early Childhood, and First Aid.