The early childhood education (birth to kindergarten) program leads to the Bachelor of Arts. Candidates may choose from two options to complete this degree: (1) interdisciplinary early childhood education certification track and (2) non-certification track. Students who wish to be certified to teach in Kentucky’s state-funded, public school, pre-kindergarten classrooms (serving 3- to 5-year-olds with and without disabilities) or in Kentucky’s early intervention system, First Steps (serving birth to 3-year-olds with disabilities), should declare a pre-major in IECE certification track. Candidates will become IECE certification track major after successful completion of the Teacher Education Program requirements. Candidates who wish to work in community childcare programs, Head Start, or Early Head Start programs, Kentucky’s Quality Rating System, ALL STARS, or home visitation programs should declare major in the non-certification track.
*Those seeking the non-certification track should consult with an advisor about course requirements.
You should also know: At the time of graduation, all students in teacher education programs must meet the following requirements:
- Overall GPA of 2.75.
- Pedagogy (EDU and EDS courses) GPA of 2.75.
- Content course GPA of 2.75.
- NKU coursework GPA of 2.75.
- Minimum grade of C (not C-) in all education (EDS / EDU) courses.
Four-Year Plan: Click here to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures page.
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