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Early Childhood Education

Those who graduate in early childhood education are qualified to teach in preschool settings and are can become licensed to teach kindergarten through third grade. All students gain a broad knowledge in early childhood education subjects and then choose an emphasis to study more thoroughly. Students may choose more than one emphasis, but only one is required.

Students are also required to participate in practicums and field experiences. Utah State’s program in early childhood education is unique in that students have the opportunity to work with children starting their first year in the program rather than waiting until their junior year, which is typical at other universities. By the time students graduate, they will have spent more than 600 hours in eight different practicum experiences.

USU's Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is ranked 10th in the nation among colleges of education in external research dollars.

Students receive a BS by completing all required courses in the major. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Emhpases (students must choose an emphasis)

  • Art - Take courses in visual arts and art history so you can integrate art into your curriculum as a teacher for children in preschool through third grade.
  • Fine Arts - Study music, theater, English, and visual arts, preparing to teach these subjects to young children.
  • Foreign Language - Study a specific foreign language that you can use to incorporate language and cultural studies into the classroom.
  • Health/Wellness/Nutrition - Take courses in nutrition and wellness so you can promote a healthy environment and education for young children.
  • Language Arts - Take speech, English, and theater courses that prepare you to teach language arts to young children.
  • Mathematics - Take mathematics courses and learn how to teach basic and introductory math to young children.
  • Music - Prepare to teach young children to appreciate and understand basic concepts in music and music history.
  • Physical Education - Take physical education classes so you can incorporate them into daily activities for kids in preschool through third grade.
  • School Library Media - Learn the procedures and technology required to be a school librarian.
  • Science - Take biology and physical science classes and learn how to teach concepts from these areas to children in preschool through third grade.
  • Science/Mathematics - Learn how to teach basic math and science concepts to young children.
  • Social Studies - Gain a solid knowledge base in all social studies areas as you prepare to teach preschool and grades K-3.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

Students who graduate in early childhood education are qualified to teach preschool and to be licensed to teach grades K-3. They can also work in the following areas:

  • Child care
  • Head start
  • Home start
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Child welfare worker

Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.

Select degrees and programs are not available at all Utah State University locations. Please contact a regional campus advisor to verify program availability.

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