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Unified Early Childhood Education

Unified Early Childhood Teacher Education Program at KU

The bachelor's degree in unified early childhood teacher education at the University of Kansas School of Education prepares individuals to work in inclusive settings to meet the learning needs of all young children (birth - grade three), including those with disabilities. 

Benefits of the program include:

  • Program Reputation - KU’s bachelor's degree in unified early childhood is offered through the KU School of Education, which recently ranked 8th in the nation was according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Public Education Schools. 
  • World Renowned Faculty - Students in the program study with faculty from a #1 ranked public program in special education, according to U.S. News & World Report. 
  • Field Experiences, Early & Often - The unified early childhood teacher education program combines professional education coursework with multiple field experiences working with infants/toddlers, pre-schoolers, and primary aged children.
  • Dual Programming - Coursework fulfills the requirements for a Bachelor's degree and also prepares students to pursue a Kansas initial teaching license. It's a two-for-one program at KU!
  • Student Organizations & Networking - Students can actively participate in the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA), a unique, student-led organization dedicated to teacher quality, community outreach, and political action.
  • Study Abroad - Program supports unique opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, & dispositions needed for culturally-responsive teaching. Learn more here.
  • Nationally-accredited Program - The KU School of Education is accredited under the NCATE standards through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System.

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The unified early childhood education program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Kansas. If you plan to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. Resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas can be found here.

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