Information for Early Childhood Education majors
Coursework in early childhood education (ECE) is designed to give a strong background in typical development and the development of young children with disabilities, as well as knowledge of curriculum materials and methods and practicum experience with young children.
Through opportunities for research and varied field experiences, such as in our nationally accredited Laboratory School and Early Learning Center programs, students observe and work directly with children in inclusive settings.
ECE students participate in field experiences, including observations and student teaching, throughout their four years in the program, culminating in 24-weeks of full-time student teaching during their senior year, with the opportunity for international student teaching experiences. Field experiences and coursework provide students with a strong background in child development, knowledge of curriculum materials and practicum experience with young children. Students also learn to encourage partnerships with the families of young children.
Students are required to complete criminal background and PPD (tuberculin) clearances as well as successfully pass the entry to student teaching requirements and Praxis subject tests (recommended completion in the senior year) in order to be eligible for certain courses and certification endorsement.
ECE Experiences and Certification Requirements Information: Overview of the curriculum, field experiences and steps to become a certified educator.
Juniors in the ECE program have the opportunity to apply to the HDFS 4+1 program.
ECE Majors are eligible to apply for the School of Education’s Autism/Severe Disabilities 4+1 program.
Students interested in teaching in dual-language programs should consider the 4+1 BS ECE/MA in Childhood Foreign Language Education.
ECE majors go on to pursue a variety of graduate programs, including:
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Severe Disabilities and Autism
- Human Development & Family Studies
- Early Childhood Development and Programming
- Child Foreign Language Education
- Speech-Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy
- School Counseling or Psychology
To explore graduate school options visit the Common Advisement Topics section on graduate programs.
ECE majors are well prepared for careers upon graduating and are considered highly qualified for teaching positions. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible for certification in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education. Visit the Delaware Center for Teacher Education’s website for information on gaining teacher certification.
Career opportunities include:
- Public and private school teachers
- Infant through 2nd grade education
- General Education classrooms
- Special Education classrooms
- Child care centers
- Head Start programs
- International schools (International School Services)