Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is a 123 semester-hour degree program for undergraduate students seeking South Carolina teaching certification in grades Pre-K-3. Early childhood education majors benefit from engaging hands-on experiences, multiple opportunities to integrate theory with teaching practice, and extensive field and clinical work in a variety of childcare settings and local public schools. This program helps students to broaden their academic background and attain the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to work with young children, ages birth through eight. 

The curriculum focuses on instructional strategies, assessment techniques, theories of child growth and development, the unique learning needs of exceptional students, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood. Throughout, clinical experiences with young children of varied cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds are embedded in the program.

To view the program of study, please follow the "Forms & Resources" link to the Early Childhood Education Advisement Track form.

National Accreditation, Recognition, and State Approval

The Department of Education at USCB is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System, and approved by the South Carolina Department of Education, for a period of seven years, from 2015-2022.

The Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education is Nationally Recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) through 2019.