Make a Difference in the Formative Years
Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education
Some people just know they’re meant to work with children—to be the one that helps children learn those first life skills like forming sounds, learning letters and how to tie their shoes. We’ll help you combine your desire to teach young children with the knowledge and skills it takes to make this a dream career. College of Saint Mary offers associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education. If you want to teach at the kindergarten through sixth-grade levels, you can select our bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree with an elementary education major. All of the courses in the associate’s degree are required for the bachelor’s degree.
You will learn inside the classroom—and immerse yourself in the field with practica and observation experiences in classrooms in the community. A key advantage on the College of Saint Mary campus is the ability to teach and observe at the on campus Spellman Child Development Center.
Many of our students combine the early childhood major with the elementary education major to expand their opportunity to teach in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.
With your associate’s degree in early childhood education you will be qualified to work in child-care centers, preschools and infant centers. With your bachelor’s degree you can seek certification from the Nebraska Department of Education. As a teacher you will be able to apply what you learned to create lesson plans, instruct students and collaborate with parents. Hiring schools select College of Saint Mary graduates because they know they have a depth of experience that is valuable in the classroom. With your bachelor’s degree in hand you’ll be prepared for certification to teach in pre-kindergarten through third grade classrooms.
The U.S. Department of Labor predicts up to 14 percent growth in the need of elementary teachers by 2022. The national median annual salary for early childhood educators is $50,120. The median annual salary for early childhood education in Nebraska is $45,400.