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Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education (Utah K-3 Educator License)

Program Mission: Provide a comprehensive curriculum that enables candidates to seek employment in the field of Early Childhood Education, working with children and their families from diverse backgrounds through knowledge gain, skill development, and applied practice.

Why Choose Early Childhood Education?

Is your career goal to teach kindergarten through 3rd grade? Pursuing a Utah K-3 Early Childhood Education license focuses your preparation in early childhood teaching philosophy and methods for children 0-8 years. 

  • The K-3 ECE educator license is only available from a university-based education preparation program. WSU is one of the four Utah institutions offering the ECE degree (the other three are BYU, U of U, and USU). 
  • WSU is the only higher education program in Utah accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 
  • WSU and CHF Department have multiple scholarship opportunities including the Lehner EC Endowment dedicated to ECE majors. You can also apply for employer-supported scholarships through the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Utah program and the Department of Workforce.

Program of Study

We are excited to announce the new changes in the Early Childhood Education program requirements in the 2022-2023 catalog. The changes are to better meet students’ instructional needs and career goals including: 4-7 credit hours less than the Elementary Education K-8 Program, fewer semesters of classes, and more flexibility in taking courses hybrid, virtually, or online.

  • If you will not be completing Level 1 coursework in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023, you will follow the requirements of the 2022-23 catalog. 
  • If you are eligible for Level 1 coursework in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 and have declared dual majors in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, you have options for which program you will follow to complete your degree.  

Field Experience

As a early childhood education major, you may take part in practica and student teaching at the Melba S. Lehner Children's School, which provides education and care for children of Weber State University students, faculty and staff.

To participate, fill out the application and return it to the Children’s School.

Application


Call 801-626-6277 if you have additional questions.

Admission Requirements
 

Teacher Education Program

If you're interested in pursuing a degree in early childhood education, you must apply and be accepted into the Teacher Education program. The program has a competitive admissions process. A limited number of applicants are admitted in March for fall semester and in October for spring semester. Admission to the Teacher Education program is a separate process from your Weber State University admission.

Teacher Education Website

Fingerprinting

Criminal background clearance for field experiences in ECED 2600, ECED 2610 and ECED 2620 in the on campus lab schools is not required. To student teach in the MSL Children's School for ECED 4720, you will need to have a Utah Department of Health, Child Care Licensing background screening approval card with you whenever you are in the lab classroom, or proof of fingerprinting card until you receive your official card. You cannot use the one from the Utah State Board of Education that is required by the school district for your practicum in Teacher Education levels. 

WSU Fingerprinting

 

Revised 04/6/22