Early Childhood Education (B.S.)

Overview

URI’s Early Childhood Education major leads to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE). As early childhood (birth to age 8) is a critically important period for a child’s learning and development, the URI ECE focuses on the educational, socio-emotional, and developmental needs of young children. Students will learn a holistic approach to supporting a child’s learning and development.

The ECE at URI is a fully accredited certification program that leads to an initial teaching certificate for the pre-school and primary grades (Pre-K to 2) in Rhode Island. In addition to earning a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, students will also choose a second major in Human Development and Family Studies, Elementary Education, Psychology, or a Foreign Language.

Program Highlights

   

  • Gain high quality field experience through the on-campus child development centers, three field experiences, and a required student teaching semester
  • Learn developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant care and education
  • Promote whole child development and a rich understanding of diverse learners
  • Support overarching partnerships among family, school, and community
  • Become a passionate and motivated leader in the field of ECE