Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)

Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3) Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Interested in the education of young children? Want a career as an early childhood educator with the public schools, private schools, or community programs? Have particular interest in teaching preK populations or connecting with families of young children at risk for school success? Want the possibility of applying for special education as well as regular education positions? Want a teaching credential with the greatest opportunity for job offers? In any community?

The IECE major is for you! 

Get the teaching endorsement school administrators are most looking for in new early childhood teachers for public school programs. Have a teaching endorsement that allows the most flexibility for populations and roles and settings where you can work.

Students enrolled in this field endorsement will meet the requirements for the Nebraska Early Childhood Inclusive (Birth to Grade 3) Teaching Certificate Endorsement (“Persons with this endorsement may teach and provide services to children from birth through grade 3 including those with special developmental and/or learning needs and to support families and other personnel with responsibilities for their care and education”). The program is based on an inclusive, family-focused style of working with young children across a range of abilities and disabilities, and on collaboration and teamwork. Students will gain a view of the field that integrates education, prevention, and intervention services. The program will prepare students for careers working in a variety of roles in early childhood and early primary classrooms and services. Persons in this endorsement may teach infants, toddlers, and children from birth through grade 3, including those with disabilities and support families and other personnel with responsibilities for their care and education.

The University of Nebraska—Lincoln did an exceptional job of preparing me for my career as a kindergarten teacher.
I loved the program and feel that it has prepared me for the career I am in now. I am thankful for the experience towards my future.
I feel like I received a wide variety of very beneficial hands on experiences while pursuing this degree. It was balanced between general education, early childhood, and special education and all three areas of education could build upon one another.


A sample 4-year plan is found below.


  • Preschool classroom teacher
  • Head Start teacher
  • Preschool special education consultant
  • K-3 classroom teacher
  • K-3 special education resource teacher
  • Infant educator
  • Home visitor
  • Family educator
  • Early interventionist for children with disabilities

Application to this program

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Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
SPED 201 Introduction to Special Education 3 cr
CYAF 160 Human Development and the Family 3 cr
ACE 1 3 cr
ACE 3 3 cr
CYAF 270 Development of the Preschool Child 2 cr
CYAF 270L Development of the Preschool Child-Laboratory 1 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
TEAC 297A Professional Practicum Experiences II Elementary 2 cr
NUTR 100 Healthy Living 3 cr
ACE 2 3 cr
ACE 5 3 cr
ACE 4 3 cr
CYAF 271 Infancy 3 cr
CYAF 271L Infancy Laboratory 1 cr
Total Credits 18

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
ACE 7 3 cr
CYAF 371 Methods of Working with Infants in Programs and Communities 2 cr
CYAF 371L Working with Infants in Programs & Communities Practicum 1 cr
CYAF 210 Applied Methods of Social Emotional Development and Guidance 2 cr
CYAF 210L Applied Methods of Social Emotional Development and Guidance 1 cr
Elective 2 cr
TEAC 331 School and Society 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
SPED 454 Behavior Management 3 cr
CYAF 474/874 Assessment in Early Childhood 3 cr
CYAF 380 Working with Families in Communities and Schools 3 cr
CYAF 374L Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education Laboratory 1 cr
CYAF 374 Curriculum Planning in Early Childhood Education 3 cr
TEAC 330 Multicultural Education 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
MATH 300 Mathematics Matters 3 cr
TEAC 416D 3 cr
SPED 414/814 Instructional Methods for Students with Diverse Needs 3 cr
SPED 362 Early Childhood Special Education 3 cr
SPED 496Y 1 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
TEAC 416A 3 cr
TEAC 416B 3 cr
TEAC 397D Professional Practicum Experience III Unified Primary K-3 3 cr
TEAC 305 The Arts in the Elementary School Curriculum 3 cr
SPED 461 Early Intervention Principles and Practices for Infants/Toddlers with Developmental Delays/Disabilities 3 cr
TEAC 302 Children's Literature 3 cr
Total Credits 18

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CYAF 497A Student Teaching in Early Childhood Education: Preschool 6 cr
SPED 415/815 Reading and Writing Disabilities: Elementary Students 2 cr
SPED 415A Practicum in Reading and Writing Disabilities-Elementary 2 cr
Elective 3 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
TEAC 497A Student Teaching: Elementary (K-6) 5 cr
SPED 497Q Student Teaching with Infants and/or Preschool Children with Disabilities 5 cr
TEAC 403 3 cr
Total Credits 13


Recommended Electives: TEAC 410, CYAF 383 or CYAF 384


This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.