Frequently Asked Questions

Why Pursue an ECE (dual licensure) major?

Early Childhood Education Projects

  • You have a desire to work and teach young children in inclusive settings
  • You wish to have optimal employment choices in early childhood education
  • You wish to have multiple career pathways
  • You seek job satisfaction 
  • You wish to work with a team
  • You want to make a difference in the lives of children

What are the employment opportunities?

  • Birth-to-Three programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families
  • Community Childcare
  • Head Start
  • Preschool
  • Preschool Special Education
  • Kindergarten (4-year old and 5-year old)
  • Early Elementary (1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades)

Who Should Declare This Major?

Full-time, undergraduate students who wish to work with young children both with and without disabilities.

Who Should Not Declare This Major?

  • Part-time students
  • Students who wish to teach beyond the third grade
  • Students interested in only a regular education teaching license. (Students should be informed that students with disabilities are included in most regular education classes.)

How Long Does the Program Take?

The program is six semesters long. The first semester (Ecology of the Child) substitutes for the Pre-Block.