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Early Childhood Education

Our early childhood education program provides students with the knowledge and training to pursue a variety of careers in public and private schools as well as childcare centers and community programs.Student early educator

Our program is distinctive by design:

  • Learning focuses on the complete early childhood span from infants through age eight

  • The program integrates understanding of typical and atypical child development to prepare students to teach children across the learning spectrum

  • Cross-disciplinary coursework includes early childhood development, psychology, sociology and teacher preparation 

  • Rigorous professional preparation is provided through core theory, site-based observations, real-world fieldwork experiences and two student teaching semesters in area schools

  • The degree leads to diverse early childhood careers or Connecticut teacher certification with focus in birth to age five or pre-kindergarten to grade three


Students enjoy placements with children in pre-k or kindergarten and then, depending upon areas of interest, complete another placement in either birth to pre-kindergarden or grades one, two, and three.  All programs help shape students' professional identify in early childhood education and  develop the professional skills needed to succeed in the field.

Accreditation and State of Connecticut Certification Certification programs in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, including our program in early childhood education, are approved by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as well as the State of Connecticut Department of Education. The Educational Testing Service's Praxis II exam is utilized for certification of teachers in Connecticut.  See pass rate report.

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