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Early Education & Care (B.S.)

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Creating leaders in early childhood settings.

Research shows that quality care and education for young children is critically important, and the demand for qualified teachers of young children is great. The Early Education and Care (EEC) is an online undergraduate program provided by seven universities working in collaboration. This program will prepare you to work in early childhood settings with young children, especially those whose family members are highly mobile. When students complete the program they will be qualified to work in a variety of programs that offer early care and education in the community and on military installations.  Some of the program include: childcare centers and homes, infant/toddler and preschool programs, Head Start programs, and before and after-school programs for children ages birth to eight.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy working with youths
  • Are interested in studying and teaching in a specific subject area
  • Are a patient, positive, creative, energetic person
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are willing to work hard to overcome challenges

Career Opportunities

  • Child care provider
  • Preschool teacher
  • Para-professional
  • Head start or early head start
  • Afterschool or boys & girls clubs

Recent Employers

  • Preschools public & private
  • Head Start & Early Head Start
  • Public Schools in SD, MN, IA
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Bright Horizons Corporate Childcare

Internship Opportunities

  • Afterschool programs
  • Youth enrichment
  • Childcare
  • Preschool
  • Public & private school resource rooms

Clubs and Organizations

  • Association for the Education of Young Children - East Central Student Chapter
  • South Dakota Education Association – Student Chapter

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.