Early Childhood Studies:
Birth - Age 5 (B.S.)
The Early Childhood Studies: Birth - Age 5 B.S. program is devoted to the critically important first years of a child's development. Current research from the fields of developmental psychology, early education, infant mental health, cultural anthropology/family studies, and pediatric science is threaded throughout the curriculum to ensure students understand the complex nature of early development and learning. Students engage in course work, research, child observation, and field-based experiences working directly with very young children and families in community agencies and educational settings. Graduates are prepared for employment and/or advanced study that requires deep knowledge of early development, best practices in early care and education, and effective methods of family engagement.
Two advisement options prepare students for employment or advanced study in the broad field of Early Childhood. The Curriculum option is for students interested in teaching and/or child care, the Child and Family option is for students interested in both public and private family support and service agencies and programs.