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Early Childhood Education Major

The Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Education Licensure (birth to grade 6) is designed for students who want to prepare to have a wide range of professional options upon graduation. Coursework, field experiences, and student teaching provide opportunities to work with infants, toddlers, preschool aged children, parents and students in the elementary grades. You work alongside experienced teachers while having time to reflect on your progress as an aspiring teacher. 

Why should I study elementary education with early childhood?

Early childhood education is in the national spotlight because of the research that has confirmed  the critical development that takes place in a child’s earliest years. Early childhood education and elementary teachers provide an essential foundation for young children’s current and future learning. Policy makers and funders are responding by creating and funding pre-K programs, thus creating new employment opportunities with an early childhood education degree.

What can I do with this degree?

This degree program prepares you to work with children ages birth through grade 6, offering a wide range of opportunities:

  • Public and private pre-school education and care programs
  • Head Start – home-based services or preschool classrooms
  • Early Childhood Family Education
  • Therapeutic preschool programs for children with special needs
  • Social service programs with early childhood programs

What skills will I develop?

  • How to support the whole child – physical, social, emotional, cognitive
  • Monitoring and assessing a child’s development through program development, lesson planning, formative assessment, and organizational strategies to track child growth
  • Develop skills in supporting, coaching, and communicating with co-workers, parents, and child care services
  • Creating and delivering high quality, evidence-based curriculum
  • Classroom management
  • Developmentally-appropriate teaching strategies

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

On- and Off-campus Childhood Center Experiences

Bethel supports two innovative child development centers and partners with public and private child care centers to provide you a wide-range of locations and populations and give you a sense of the profession. As a developing professional, the early childhood major not only gives you experiences with children from infancy through the elementary grades, but helps you to grow as a co-worker, build communication skills with parents, and be a servant leader in the latest child development skills and strategies. 


You will have a wide range of field experiences to prepare you to work with diverse populations of students and programs. In each we will help you build your skills in planning creative and engaging programming, building relationships with children, and helping them to grow and learn. Broadening your capacity to work with all kinds of children, we pursue Christ’s vision to serve world.

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

The Board of Teaching governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The undergraduate Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s undergraduate teacher education program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System for a period of 7 years, from October 2015 through December 2022. Our teacher education program will seek accreditation under the CAEP Standards in fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation. See our candidate performance data (pdf).

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative

Bethel’s Education program is part of a Bush Foundation funded collaboration with five other higher education institutions called the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2).

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