School of Education

Early Childhood Education: Birth-Kindergarten

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Major

Elon's major in early childhood education prepares candidates to work in B-K settings. Upon successful completion of the program and all licensure requirements, graduates are eligible for a North Carolina B-K teaching license and will be qualified to teach in preschools, kindergarten classrooms, day care centers, and NC Prekindergarten Program (NCPK) classrooms.

Graduates can be employed in Head Start or Early Head Start programs and can also work as professionals in organizations such as the Child Developmental Services Agency through the NC Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). Additional professional career paths include child care center director, early childhood special education teacher, educational consultant, lobbyist/advocate for young children, or children’s museum project coordinator.

Minor

The Early Childhood minor equips students with knowledge about child development, an understanding of the needs of young children within their socio-cultural environments, the ability to develop an advocacy agenda for young children and their families, and the skills needed to effectively partner with families to promote self advocacy. The minor includes two required courses and three courses that may be selected from among the Early Childhood courses.