Early Childhood Education

About the Major

The Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education program is designed for early childhood educators interested in developing the skills necessary to effectively empower, engage, and educate diverse learners in a variety of urban education settings, both in the private and public sectors. As a student, you will learn from experienced faculty members who will prepare you to be a transformative teacher of early childhood-aged children. Evening, Saturday, and online-hybrid course offerings are tailored to support learners working toward professional certification and career advancement. As part of a learning cohort, students remain together for the duration of the two-year program.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: assessment of children’s knowledge, planning instruction, teaching, problem solving, and addressing issues of equity and other barriers to education in urban communities.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Multicultural Education and Global Awareness
  • Science for Early Childhood
  • Infant Learning Environments
  • Teaching about the Arts
  • Methods for Teaching Students with Special Needs

Possible Careers

  • Library Consultant
  • Nonprofit program coordinator
  • Preschool Teacher
  • School counselor*
  • Social Worker*

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Community and social services
  • Community Health Network
  • Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)
  • Indy Reads
  • Media and communications

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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