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Major in Early Childhood Studies

Download the Early Childhood Major Program Information Packet

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The Early Childhood Studies major will be impacted starting Fall 2017. Please check the Impaction Criteria at SSU Admissions Impacted Major Criteria for First Time Freshmen. First Time Freshmen applying for Fall of 2017 will be informed about their admission status to the ECS major by March of 2017.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Studies provides students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work effectively with children in early childhood (birth to age 8). Students will study multi-disciplinary theories, research, and best practices in early care and education, with an emphasis on socio-cultural factors that affect learning and development. They will learn how to use theories and research from anthropology, child development, education, health, psychology, sociology, and multicultural studies to promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of diverse young children. Students will study the science of assessing children’s growth and development, and they will acquire skills in effectively communicating these findings to families and community partners. The program will also focus on preparing professionals to be leaders and advocates on behalf of all children and families.

link to ECS Undergrad HandbookThis course of study will prepare graduates for various careers, including:

  • infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age child care teachers
  • personnel in public and private agencies that serve children and families
  • administrators of programs for young children and families
  • professionals in health fields, such as child life specialists
  • pre-requisite work for the Multiple Subjects credential for elementary school teachers

Students may also work with an advisor to prepare for graduate studies in related fields such as education, human development, social work, and counseling.

Program Requirements and Course Descriptions

For questions about this major, or if you wish to meet with an advisor about the Early Childhood Studies major, please visit the ECS Advising page.