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Early childhood education majors focus on the youngest of students because what happens early in a child’s career sets the stage for enthusiasm and success in later learning.

Your pre-K through third grade teacher training starts with the Early Childhood Education program at Ashland University.

Early Childhood Educator Career Outlook

Average Career Salary

$56,900

Average Career Growth

Employment is expected to increase by 7 percent by 2026

Degree Plan

If you want to put your mind and heart in a career that helps develop tomorrow's leaders, then you’ll enjoy our early childhood education (ECE) program.

Coursework includes four courses in reading/language arts methods, plus math, science, social studies methods and two courses specifically for teaching young children with disabilities. Method course assignments are tied to field experiences so you can teach what you have been taught. You can also take additional coursework in reading intervention to prepare you to teach struggling readers.

Degree Plan for Early Childhood Education (PDF)

You may choose to pursue an  endorsement to teach fourth and fifth grades, which will allow you to teach pre-K through fifth grade.

Degree Plan for Early Childhood Education plus the 4th & 5th Grade Endorsement (PDF)

Early Childhood Educator Career Outlook

Average Career Salary

$56,900

Average Career Growth

Employment is expected to increase by 7 percent by 2026

Degree Plan

If you want to put your mind and heart in a career that helps develop tomorrow's leaders, then you’ll enjoy our early childhood education (ECE) program.

Coursework includes four courses in reading/language arts methods, plus math, science, social studies methods and two courses specifically for teaching young children with disabilities. Method course assignments are tied to field experiences so you can teach what you have been taught. You can also take additional coursework in reading intervention to prepare you to teach struggling readers.

Degree Plan for Early Childhood Education (PDF)

You may choose to pursue an  endorsement to teach fourth and fifth grades, which will allow you to teach pre-K through fifth grade.

Degree Plan for Early Childhood Education plus the 4th & 5th Grade Endorsement (PDF)

What to Expect in the Early Childhood Education Program

Coursework for the Early Childhood Education program includes four courses in reading/language arts methods in addition to math, science, and social studies methods and two courses specifically meant for teaching young children with disabilities. Method course assignments are tied to your field experience so you can teach what you’ve been taught. You can also take additional coursework in reading intervention to prepare you to teach struggling readers.

In addition, you may choose to pursue an endorsement to teach fourth and fifth grades, which will expand explain your teaching capabilities to pre-K through fifth grade.

Real World Experience

Early Childhood Education Program Benefits

In this program you'll:

  • Learn how to teach courses meant to have the biggest impact on children's lives
  • Get field experience with key professionals starting your freshman year
  • Work with mentors, teachers, and supervisors who are selected for their expertise and experience teaching young children

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