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The Early Childhood Education program is designed to provide advanced study, focusing on the developmentally appropriate care and education of children, from birth through age eight, within various early childhood and elementary school settings.

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Students majoring in early childhood education receive a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree and are eligible to apply for an Oklahoma Teaching License. Upon completion of a successful residency year, they are eligible to apply for a Standard Early Childhood Certificate for grades pre-K through 3rd. Curriculum includes university core curriculum, major support coursework and early childhood education and professional teacher education-specific course.

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Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Early Childhood Education majors must apply and be accepted to the Teacher Education Program in order to be eligible to take professional teacher education courses and to graduate with an education degree from UCO. Admission to the Teacher Education Program is separate from admission to the University of Central Oklahoma.

Admission Requirements

Career Opportunities

Early Childhood is a growing and expanding field in Oklahoma and surrounding states. Job opportunities include teaching pre-K though 3rd grade in public schools and in other settings, such as private schools and child development centers. View a career guide for Early Childhood Education majors.

Community Opportunities

Take advantage of these opportunities in the metro and in the education community, which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.

  • The Jasmine Moran Children's Museum: Visit to learn about events and teaching techniques.
  • Association for Childhood Education International: Visit to join and find out more about global initiatives.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children: Visit to improve your teaching and learning skills!
  • Oklahoma Education Association: To learn how to make a difference in Oklahoma's Education, visit