Bachelor's Degrees

Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies

Early Childhood Education, B.A.E.

If you're passionate about the well-being and development of infants and toddlers, a degree in Early Childhood Education will be an excellent fit for you. Preschool and K-3 teachers help their students build a solid foundation to support them through future learning. Undergraduates seeking their Bachelor of Arts in Education in Early Childhood Education at the University of Arizona study with the same cohort from start to finish, offering each other inspiration and support along the way. Early Childhood Education majors also earn their Arizona Teaching Certification for birth through grade three with an English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Courses, required practicum and student teaching are held at local school sites, where students gain firsthand experience connecting theory and practice through fieldwork. Students complete a full year in a preschool setting, and a full year in a K-3 setting. After gaining real-world teaching experience, they graduate classroom-ready to welcome the next generation of youth starting their educational journey.

Format: In Person
Location: Tucson (Main Campus). Courses and fieldwork are often taught off campus in local districts.

Learn to design, plan, and implement early childhood instruction
Gain hands-on experience working with children in preschools and K-3 classrooms
Graduate prepared to teach in your own preschool or elementary classroom

Sample Courses

Take courses from top scholars in a variety of subjects, including:

  • TLS 301: Child Guidance and Classroom Management (Birth-Age 8)
  • TLS 312: Early Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
  • TLS 411: Cultural Pluralism for Young Children
  • TLS 319: Language Arts and Literacy Practices for the Young Child


You will have a full-year placement in a pre-K classroom and a full-year placement in a K-3 classroom. You’ll meet with the families of the children you teach and have professional learning opportunities that include faculty, mentor teachers, and university students.


Graduates teach in public and private preschools and elementary schools in grades K-3 in Arizona and other states. Other graduates have gone on to graduate school in counseling, special education, and policy studies.

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