Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education


Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children during their most formative years? Do you want to help children learn and grow, but also grow yourself? Then Early Childhood Education might be the bachelor's degree for you!

Students earning an Early Childhood Education degree learn effective strategies to teach students in PK-3rd grades.

The Early Childhood Education major prepares students to teach in diverse and inclusive environments, including homes, schools and other community settings which serve children from birth to age eight and their families. Graduates will know how to design, implement and evaluate curriculum in a variety of settings that promote positive learning outcomes for each child.

NSU's Early Childhood degree is ranked one of the best programs in the nation. NSU is Oklahoma's fourth largest public four-year institution. Ranked in the top three for most affordable university tuition, NSU is a cost-effective way to earn a college degree. 


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  • Tahlequah
  • Broken Arrow


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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify children’s characteristics and needs.
  • Identify multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning
  • Use content knowledge to design and implement meaningful and challenging curriculum that promotes development and learning for each child.
  • Use developmentally appropriate assessment strategies in ways that promote positive outcomes for each child.
  • Use a wide array of instructional strategies and tools that connect children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.
  • Conduct themselves as members of the early childhood profession.
  • Use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice.
  • Implement strategies that foster dispositions that lead to life-long learning.

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Degree Overview

Core classes

  • ECED 4113 - Creative Expression for Early Childhood
  • ECED 4153 - Early Childhood Literacy
  • ECED 4213 - Cognitive Development of Young Children & the Integrated Curriculum
  • ECED 4313 - Development of Early Childhood Programs
  • ECED 4563 - Classroom Management for Early Childhood
  • ECED 4813 - Birth to Two Development
  • LIBM 4023 - Materials for Children
  • P ED 4232 - Motor Skill Development of the Young Child
  • READ 4013 - Content Literacy K-8
  • READ 4023 - Reading and Language Development of the Young Child
  • READ 4063 - Introduction to Reading and Writing Assessment
  • 3 hours of Education elective
  • SPED 4433 - Introduction to Education of Children with Exceptionalities
  • EDUC 4823 - Technology & the 21st Century

Clinical Experience/Internships

Pre-Internship I - requires 2.75 GPA/45 completed credit hours, 8 full days of observation/field experience

  • EDUC 3313 - Clinical Teaching/Pre-Internship I
  • EDUC 3113 - Educational Psychology

Pre-Internship II - requires 2.5 GPA and 10 full days of observation

  • ECED 4513 - Organization & Implementation of Early Childhood Programs
  • EDUC 4032 - Pre-Internship II

Full Internship - requires 2.5 GPA and full-time semester of student teaching

  • EDUC 4054 - Elementary Intern Teaching
  • EDUC 4074 - Secondary Intern Teaching
  • EDUC 4172 - Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDUC 4252 - Seminar

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Licensure Programs

Northeastern State University offers initial teacher licensure programs at the traditional undergraduate level for graduates wishing to teach in Oklahoma. We also offer advanced licensure programs and programs for other school professionals at the graduate level. We do not guarantee to meet the licensure requirements of other states. You will be responsible for verifying that your program of study meets your desired state's licensure requirements.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Programs at Northeastern State University that prepare students for initial licensure as educators are designed to meet the licensure standards set by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements of guidelines for reciprocity. Northeastern State University cannot confirm whether a particular licensure program meets requirements for licensure outside of the State of Oklahoma. For a list of the state departments of education that oversee professional teaching licensure, see the U.S. Department of Education website - State Contacts page. Click here for NSU's state-specific matrix.

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