Get a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education

The WOU undergraduate Early Childhood (EC) program prepares skilled and reflective teacher leaders in the field of early childhood who are advocates for young children (birth – 4th grade) and their families. We offer two program options: Early Childhood Teaching Authorization and the Early Childhood Studies (non-licensure) major. Both programs focus on working with young children in inclusive settings.

You can begin the programs in either Summer or Fall term, and it will take you three terms to complete.


The Early Childhood Teaching Authorization (ECE)

(Licensure for 3 years – 4th grade)

All of our coursework is a blend of early childhood and early childhood special education, as well as culturally relevant practices, giving teacher candidates in-depth knowledge and experience in differentiated education in inclusive settings. Although teacher candidates will gain experience and knowledge with children ages birth – 3 years of age, the Early Childhood Teaching Authorization is for ages 3 through 4th grade in an elementary school only.

Major Courses (108 – 116 credits)

Humanities / Language Arts: 11 – 12 credits

Mathematics: 18 credits

Science: 18 credits

Social Science: 19 credits

Education: 39 – 44 credits

Electives: 3 – 5 credits

Professional Education Core (43 credits)

Term I: 13 credits

Term II: 15 credits

Term III: 15 credits


The Early Childhood Studies Major (ECS Major)

(Non-Licensure for birth to 4th grade)

This blended major prepares skilled and reflective early childhood teachers who can effectively respond to the unique learning needs of diverse young children and their families.  Grounded in the principles of educational equity, cultural sensitivity, professionalism, and an intellectually vital learning community, we are committed to facilitating the practitioners who, in turn, can successfully affect the learning and development of young children from birth – 4th grade in inclusive settings.

Major Courses (89 – 96 credits)

Humanities / Language Arts: 8 credits

Mathematics: 12 credits

Science: 15 credits

Social Science: 12 credits

Education: 36 – 41 credits

Electives: 6 – 8 credits

Professional Education Core (33 – 36 credits)

Term I: 12 credits

Term II: 12 credits

Term III: 9 – 12 credits


If you are interested in the Early Childhood programs at Western Oregon University, we’d love to talk to you!

Please Contact: Dr.Cindy Ryan, EC Program Coordinator

RWEC, Room 124 / (503) 838-8605