Bachelor’s in Unified Early Childhood Education at KU

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Program Overview

The bachelor's degree in unified early childhood teacher education at the University of Kansas prepares individuals to work in inclusive settings to meet the learning needs of each and every young child ages birth through 3rd grade, including those at risk for and with developmental delays or disabilities. The teacher education program combines general education courses and professional education coursework with multiple field experiences working with infants/toddlers, preschoolers, and primary aged children in diverse communities.

Career Outcomes in Unified Early Childhood Teacher Education

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree in unified early childhood education from the University of Kansas will have fulfilled the requirements for the degree as well as the requirements for an early childhood unified initial teaching license for birth through 3rd grade in Kansas. The bachelor's degree in unified early childhood education prepares students to work as teachers in the classroom, as well as with other special education-related organizations. Potential position titles after graduation include:

  • Early childhood special educator
  • Early childhood educator
  • Early interventionist (birth to age 3)
  • Elementary educator (kindergarten through 3rd grade)
  • Community-based itinerant early childhood special educator
  • Family/parent educator

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.

Career Statistics

$55K salary

Graduates can expect an average salary of $55,000 in Kansas, according to the Kansas State Department of Education.

TESOL opportunities

Students who successfully complete this program at KU may be eligible to take advantage of licensure endorsement options in TESOL.

Graduate certificates

Students who successfully complete this program at KU are eligible to pursue a variety of graduate certificate options to complement their degree.

Graduate study

Those who choose to pursue an advanced degree after graduation are considered for many highly-selective master's & doctoral programs across the U.S.

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Let us know you’re interested in the program. We would love to connect with you to discuss the program’s curriculum, steps necessary for admission to KU, and what to expect during the professional program admission process one you have become a Jayhawk.

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The faculty are passionate about learning, and their dedication to all students is evident. This program inspires students to have an open mind, to see each child as an individual and to work to become the best educators possible.

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