Early Childhood Education Bachelor's Degree
The online bachelor's degree completion program in early childhood education is designed for students who wish to work in early education programs in administrative or teaching positions, or work with parents and community agencies, as well as with young children, from birth through kindergarten. The Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has approved K-State's early childhood education preservice program.
Students completing the early childhood education program in the School of Family Studies and Human Services are eligible for licensure by the Kansas State Department of Education in early childhood unified, birth through kindergarten. Program degree requirements are subject to change to meet licensure requirements. The early childhood unified, birth through kindergarten, license combines early childhood education and early childhood special education content knowledge and pedagogy in one blended preservice teacher education program.
To complete the ECE program, students must have full admission into the teacher education program. K-State offers 72 hours of general education and professional teacher education courses through distance education. Up to 62 credit hours of additional coursework may be completed at the local community college level and transferred, as applicable, to meet K-State degree requirements.
Careers in Early Childhood Education
K-State compiles post-graduation employment information. That information and other career assistance information can be found on the K-State Career Center website.
Individuals with degrees in early childhood education work with young children and their parents to begin quality education at an early age. Job opportunities include:
- administrative or teaching positions
- coordinating parent programs
- working with parents and community agencies
- working with young children aged birth through kindergarten
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has approved K-State's early childhood education preservice program. Students completing the program are eligible for licensure by the Kansas State Department of Education in early childhood unified birth through kindergarten.
Kansas State University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and, as such, programs offered through K-State are authorized in all states who are also members of NC-SARA. K-State also actively seeks authorization in states which do not participate in NC-SARA. To determine if K-State programs are authorized in your state please view the State Authorization page.
Kansas is part of National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC), which maintains reciprocal teacher certification agreements with all 50 states and US territories. For specific certification requirements for your state, please check the NASDTEC website.
Financial Assistance for Teachers
Students interested in entering the teaching profession have access to unique financial opportunities and incentives. Listed below are links to some to those programs.
- Kansas Rural Opportunity Zone
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Stafford Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- State of Kansas Scholarships
- Summer Financial Aid(PDF)
- Troops to Teachers