Literacy and Learning launches Early Childhood Education undergraduate degree

Student gains field experience on way to their BS in Early Childhood Education

March 6, 2023 — DENTON — The Department of Literacy and Learning in the College of Professional Education (COPE) now offers a new undergraduate degree program — the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education — to prepare students to teach children, ages 3-8, and become fully certified in the state of Texas.

BS in Early Childhood Education

“We are excited to offer this new undergraduate degree program in early childhood education,” said Interim Literacy and Learning Department Chair Sharla Snider, PhD. “This program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education to be effective educators in early childhood education. Our graduates will be able to make a significant impact in the lives of children they teach.”

Undergraduate students will be able to enroll in the BS in Early Childhood Education program in Fall 2023. The program prepares undergraduate students for the new Texas Education Agency (TEA) certification for Early Childhood: PK-3 certification.

There are only seven other colleges or universities that currently offer the bachelor's degree with a path to certification in Texas and even fewer in the DFW Metroplex.

“I am so pleased to offer this pioneering program in our college and to equip our undergraduate students to support the youngest learners across Texas,” said COPE Dean Lisa Huffman, PhD.

The program’s key feature is a focus on unique needs of the young learner. Faculty incorporate strategies for inclusion and diversity of families, cultures, languages and abilities. With that foundation, graduates will be equipped to work with all students from various backgrounds.

Students will engage in learning integrated curriculum, environmental design and instruction focused on early literacy and the young learner.

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Additional options in Early Childhood Education

MEd in Early Childhood Education

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Page last updated 3:39 PM, March 6, 2023