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’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

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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