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Early Childhood Education, B.A.

College of Education

Passionate about working with young children and looking for an in-demand and fulfilling career? Join the ranks of exceptional educators from our nationally accredited early childhood education program.

Learn culturally relevant teaching skills while practicing teaching during more than 700 hours of classroom experience to kickstart a career working on behalf of young children and their families. Options to specialize are available.

Program Highlights

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    Valuable Experiences

    Immerse yourself in field experiences in pre-K through 3rd grade classrooms alongside award-winning professors.

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    Make an Impact

    Develop young children's appreciation of self and others across cultural and linguistic groups.

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    Proven Methods

    Learn innovative early childhood teaching methods for science, mathematics, social studies and literacy.

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    In-Depth Study

    Gain a deep understanding of building rich and supportive family-school relationships.

What You’ll Study

Courses include trends in teaching and learning, schools in communities, diversity in learning and classroom assessment. Additional studies include children's literature, elementary mathematics, physical education, plus electives in arts, drama or music. Graduates will be recommended for teacher certification for pre-K through grade 3.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

  • Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Intercultural Competence

    Developing the skills to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across cultures

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Child Development Coordinator
  • Early Childhood Administrator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • First Grade Teacher
  • Second Grade Teacher
  • Third Grade Teacher
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Child Development Centers
  • Agencies
  • Organizations

Employers of Alumni

  • Richland School District Two
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Charleston County School District
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five
  • Fort Mill School District
  • Greenville County Schools