- Placement rate is approximately 100 percent
- Low student-to-teacher ratio
- Seeking accreditation by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Pre-kindergarten practica and students teaching in Melba S. Lehner Children’s School
- Diverse field and student teaching placements
- Preparation for teaching pre-kindergarten through third grade
- Collaboration with the Department of Teacher Education
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Our BS in early childhood education prepares you to teach children from pre-K through third grade.
Why Choose Early Childhood Education?
What You’ll Learn
Upon graduation, you will be an expert in working with young children.
Specifically, your coursework will focus on:
- Childhood development, from birth to 8 years old
- Historical roots of early childhood education
- Theories and developmentally appropriate practices
- Types and efficacy of early childhood programs
- Political issues and ethical conduct within the early childhood profession
- Age- and culturally appropriate curriculum for young children
- Characteristics of exceptional children and children at risk
- Working with parents
- And more...
Graduates with an Early Childhood Education BS are prepared to work with children aged 0-8, and are licensed to teach K-3rd grades in Utah. Some states offer full license reciprocity, while others may have additional requirements for your Utah teaching licensure to be recognized.
The job placement rate for graduates is nearly 100 percent, and starting salaries are typically $38,000+ with benefits. Most graduates take positions in elementary school classrooms at both public and private schools. Employers may give preference to applicants with the early childhood education major K-3rd license, through this degree or through dual-majoring in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.
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 (Fall Semester Nov 1 and Spring Semester March 15).
Call 801-626-6277 if you have additional questions.
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.
Criminal background clearance for field experiences in CHF 2600, CHF 2610 and CHF 2620 in the on campus lab schools is not required. To student teach in the MSL Children's School for CHF 4720, you will need to have a Utah Department of Health, Child Care Licensing Program 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.