Early Childhood Education - Academics

Early Childhood Studies

Students who choose this program generally want to work with children from birth through age eight, either as a teacher or in a similar capacity. You’ll take courses that focus on educational equity, cultural sensitivity and inclusivity in preparation for work with the youngest of students. Learn about language and motor development before moving to a potential career in a preschool, Head Start or other non-licensure setting.

Choose from B.A.S. or B.S.

credits required for the Early Childhood Studies major

students enrolled in the Early Childhood Studies program


of master's degree can be completed as an undergrad at WOU


of students who apply to WOU are selected for admission

Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Develop reflective teacher leaders who are advocates for young children and their families
  • Create an inclusive climate where diversity is valued
  • Demonstrate evidence of appropriate content knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to provide quality care and early education for all young children (birth-fourth grade) and their families

Career opportunities

  • Child care specialist
  • Early childhood curriculum developer
  • Head Start instructor
  • Elementary classroom aide



Associate Professor, Education & Leadership


Early Childhood Studies Program Coordinator , Education & Leadership
503-838-9244 | emersona@wou.edu | RWEC 129


Associate Professor, Division Chair, Education & Leadership
503-838-8605 | ryanc@wou.edu | RWEC 121

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