Why earn an early childhood education degree?

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As you earn your early childhood education degree, you'll focus on children in the context of family, culture and community. You'll explore developmentally appropriate practices, emergent curriculum, descriptive assessment, and problem-solving approaches to resolving conflict and choices for children. Early childhood courses focus on building practical skills, engaging in small group work, and extensive time working with highly experienced faculty.

Most classes are small, with about 12-25 students per class. Classroom experiences model field tested practices and engage students in evidence-based learning techniques.

Accreditation by NCA and CAEP

Programs within the College are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Interested in our Accelerated Early Childhood Education degree?

Early Childhood Education B.S. + Special Education Minor + Early Childhood Education M.S.

The online accelerated degree programs for the M.S. or M.Ed. in Special Education allows those with an associate’s degree in education or currently enrolled undergraduate students at UND an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace. Undergraduates with 60 credits or those currently in an Education degree program are eligible for consideration for the accelerated degree program.

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"You can tell this accelerated program has been well-planned. The courses all seem to flow together so well and build on each other. In talking to my college friends who went on to become teachers, comparing what they learned versus what I’m learning shows that we’re in a totally different world. I feel like UND is really right where it needs to be, meeting where education is at the moment.”

Heather Huighe, UND Elementary Education Graduate

Early Childhood Education Program Highlights

  • Enroll in early childhood education courses prior to admission to the program.

  • Students have direct involvement with children in more than 60% of the courses.

  • Join the Early Childhood Education Student Organization (ECESO).

  • Learn at one of best early childhood programs in the Upper Midwest.

  • All classes are capped at 25 students, meaning you'll receive individual attention.

  • The early childhood education program is part of the College of Education & Human Development.

What can you do with bachelor's degree in early childhood education?


Early childhood education graduates employed or pursuing graduate degrees



Job growth outlook for preschool teachers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Teacher Licensure

You'll be eligible for licensure to teach in North Dakota after successfully completing a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) with an overall grade point average of at least 2.75, passing state licensure exams and meeting the state's legal requirements with a satisfactory background check.

If seeking a license, you should apply to the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board prior to graduation. If you're interested in a teacher license from states other than North Dakota, contact the Advising Office for the College of Education & Human Development.

What is early childhood education?

An Early Childhood Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Lesson Planning
  • Strategic Planning
  • Child Development

Careers in Early Childhood Education

You'll graduate with limitless career opportunities and a solid foundation for working with children ranging in age from 0-8 years old. Students with an early childhood education degree can teach and be a leader in:

  • Public schools (PreK and kindergarten through third grade)
  • Early Head Start
  • Child care and education centers
  • Administration or director

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