Choose from two concentrations as you earn a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education (ECE).
Teaching All Young Learners (TAYL) concentration leads to dual Indiana state teaching licenses for teaching young children in infant/toddler and preschool settings or K–3rd grade classrooms. This program prepares teachers for inclusive settings, with students taking a concentration of coursework in early intervention and special education. Students will gain invaluable practice through field experiences and student teaching with children who represent a diversity of cultures, ethnicities and abilities.
Early Childhood Care and Education Leadership (ECCEL) concentration is a non-licensure track that allows students to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions for multiple professional roles in positions dedicated to children from birth to five years old and their families. The program was designed to accommodate working early childhood professionals who are interested in continuing their education with flexibility and online options. This concentration prepares students for many careers, from preschool and kindergarten teachers to administrators and family support specialists through agencies and community groups that serve young children, families and those working with them.
Direct Admit Scholars
To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education,
students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education.
Students who meet the Direct Admit Scholars
qualifications are invited to apply to the program.
Certification from University Division
Students should meet with a University Division advisor,
who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements.
These requirements include:
An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals,
with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may
substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)
We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students.
Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships
by completing one application each year.
We also encourage students to visit
Student Central for information about financial assistance.
If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program,
you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.
The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience in a K-3 classroom. There, you'll prepare lessons and assess student performance under the guidance of a mentor teacher.
You can also take on additional field engagements as early as your sophomore year (depending on your admissions status) through our early field experiences program.
The Early Childhood Education bachelor's degree leads to state teaching licenses in Early Childhood Education (infant/toddler through preschool) and K/Primary Grades (kindergarten through 3rd grade). A concentration in special education is included in the course work in the early childhood program.
Visit the Undergraduate Portal for forms, course requirements, and other resources you'll need as you work to complete your program.
When you graduate, you’ll have a specialized body of knowledge and skills that makes you highly valuable for a number of careers. You will be able to articulate and defend a point of view about teaching and curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment, as well as support young children and families for success in a multicultural, diverse society. Our early childhood graduates have successful careers in a variety of professional settings.
Specialized Course Preparation in Early Childhood Education Prepares Students for Careers as Professionals in:
Care and education programs for children birth to age three across the United States and abroad including private, public, corporate programs, Head Start and Early Head Start;
Early intervention programs serving infants/toddlers and preschoolers;
Early childhood program administrators;
Kindergarten – Grade 3 classrooms;
A variety of clinical and community settings which serve young children and their families such as hospitals and county health organizations, YMCAs, libraries and museums;
Local, county, state and federal governmental agencies; and
National corporations (public television, publishing, etc.)