What does the double major offer?
The combination of these two programs allows you the flexibility of teaching pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and increases your job potential because you will have two licenses - Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. You will follow the Early Childhood Education curriculum and add the EDUC 2000 Social Studies Concepts class, EDUC 3140 Educational Psychology, and be sure to take the EDUC 3260 The Exceptional Student class. Early consultation with an advisor is advised.
Why choose Early Childhood Education at WSU?
- Placement rate is about 100 percent -- our graduates are considered the best and are highly recruited
- Low student-to-teacher ratio
- Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) approved program
- Pre-kindergarten practica and student teaching in the NAEYC accredited Melba S. Lehner Children’s School
- Diverse field placements and student teaching placements
- Preparation for teaching pre-kindergarten through third grade
- Collaboration with Teacher Education
What kinds of degrees are available?
Bachelor of Science (BS)
What are the employment opportunities?
When you complete all requirements for both majors, which include only one semester of student teaching EDUC 4840 you will be prepared to teach in programs that serve children from infancy through sixth grade. Most graduates take positions in public school kindergarten or primary classrooms.
What are the starting salaries for graduates?
The starting salary is $35, 000 with the potential of increasing with several years of service and additional education.
What will I learn in the program?
You will learn and apply principles and theories of educating young children through developmentally appropriate practices.