Early Childhood Education Options



Unique to all early childhood programs is an understanding of family systems, a family-focused style of working with children and an understanding of documentation and observation for children and families. Below you can read about the differences in each early childhood program offered in the department of Child, Youth and Family Studies.
If you have an interest in Dual Elementary Education and Special Education, click here for more information on the program offered in the Special Education and Communication Disorders department.

Child Development

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Inclusive Early Childhood Education*

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Early Care & Education:
Birth through Kindergarten*

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Differences in the Early Childhood Majors

Major Age Range Focus Disability Focus? Teaching Certification
Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education Birth to Age 5 No None
Early Care and Education: Birth through Kindergarten* Birth to Kindergarten Yes Early Care and Education
Inclusive Early Childhood Education* Birth to Grade 3 Yes Early Childhood Unified

Differences in the three programs (PDF)

*Admission is selective for the programs Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Early Care & Education: Birth through Kindergarten.