Early Childhood Education (PK-3)

Earn an Early Childhood Education Degree to Impact Child Development

The Early Elementary Childhood Education degree program at Urbana University enables you to understand how young children learn and how to educate them accordingly. 

By teaching young children, you will be nurturing their natural curiosity and building a strong foundation for academic success.

Learn the Value of Every Child During Field Experiences

Many schools offer early childhood education programs – but you won’t find the network and mentoring experiences available to you as an Urbana University student.  

The faculty that teach education courses at Urbana have one goal in mind: create the best teachers possible. That goal is evident in the high demand for Urbana U’s early childhood education graduates. Our Early Childhood Education major teaches you the fundamentals – and lets you roll up your sleeves and put that knowledge into practice with real children during valuable field experiences. 


Take University Courses that Expand Your Early Childhood Experience

Urbana University is dedicated to providing variety in coursework and field experience.  Field experience provides the opportunity to observe skilled professionals and practice what you learn, providing a valuable stepping stone to your first job as a teacher. 

Students are placed at partner schools with teachers who have significant teaching and administrative experience, as well as excellence in teaching practices. After graduation and upon acquiring a teaching license, Urbana’s Early Childhood Education program prepares you for a position as a preschool, kindergarten or early elementary school teacher.  You’ll also be well-prepared for graduate school to expand your marketability into careers such as school principal, counselor, school psychologist or college professor.

Program Outcomes
  1. Articulates milestones and variations in student development in the cognitive, physical, linguistic, social, affective, and moral domains and how they impact student learning.

  2. Understands assessment instruments and practices, the relationship between assessment and instruction, and how to use assessment data to plan and adapt effective learning experiences and monitor student progress.

  3. Creates developmentally appropriate learning goals, objectives and strategies in a safe, inclusive learning environment to ensure the engagement and success of all students, including students who are English Language Learners and students with exception

  4. Defines roles and expectations for professional educators, strategies for self-reflection and continuous professional growth, and identifies methods to establish effective partnerships and collaborations with families, colleagues, and the community.

  5. Demonstrates knowledge of oral language development, factors (including cultural and community) that affect the development of reading and writing skills, and the foundations of literacy development in children from birth to age 8.

  6. Applies knowledge of approaches for integrating literacy with all other areas of the curriculum and with music, movement, technology, and visual arts activities.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.

Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:

  • Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
  • Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation

Documentation required:

1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.

2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:

  • Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
  • Official GED certificate
  • Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
  • Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended

3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

About the Education Programs

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Students who wish to enroll in one of Urbana's teacher education programs are considered pre-education majors until they are approved for admission to the Department of Education and declare their program major. All students admitted to Urbana University may apply for admission to the Department of Education. Pre-education students are required to apply and be admitted into the Department of Education in order to complete the program.
All teacher education program policies, procedures, and deadlines must be followed and met by teacher candidates in order to be considered for admission to the programs, retained in the programs, and receive the University's recommendation for licensure. Consult the Department of Education section of the Academic Catalog for complete information about the requirements for admission to teacher education undergraduate programs.


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