The University of Kansas’s Early Childhood Unified* program teaches early educators to truly understand the complexities and diversity of today’s educational systems.
This program will:
- Prepare professionals to meet the learning and developmental needs of all infants, toddlers, preschool- and kindergarten-age children, including those at-risk for and with disabilities.
- Address interdisciplinary approaches that integrate developmentally appropriate early education and early childhood special education strategies into holistic and functional activities for young children and their families in their natural environments.
- Emphasize collaborative and team-based processes that empower families and program staff to work together to support the development of all young children.
Content and performance goals are aligned with the Kansas teacher licensure standards for the ECU birth through kindergarten (age 6) content area and the professional education standards.
Completion of the 33-credit-hour sequence leads to a master of science in education degree with initial Kansas teaching license in ECU birth through kindergarten.
This program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.
Convenience for adult learners
Designed to accommodate the busy schedules of our students, most early childhood education courses are hybrid of asynchronous online and face-to-face class sessions. They are offered at both Lawrence and Edwards campuses. During face-to-face sessions, each class meets one evening per week (4:30 to 7 p.m.). Student teaching experiences can be completed any semester, including summers, and may be completed in the student’s current work setting if appropriate.
The Department of Special Education at the KU School of Education has been awarded a federal grant. It includes scholarships for a limited number of full-time students who wish to enter the early childhood education program. While a number of the scholarships have already been awarded, a few may become available for students who begin their program coursework during the fall 2015 semester. To be considered, students must first be admitted. For further information contact Eva Horn.
* "Unified" refers to the unification of general early education and early childhood special education knowledge and skills with a single early childhood preparation/credential.