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Undergraduate Studies

Specialization in Early Childhood

The specialization offers students the foundation for certification as teachers of young children from Pre-kindergarten through grade 6. The Early Childhood specialization is uniquely configured to provide students with a grounding in child development from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies followed by courses in curriculum and instruction in the College of Education. The Early Childhood program meets current Texas requirements for teacher certification. Opportunity is afforded in the Child Development Research Center and Texas Tech University Early Head Start for the student to observe and interact with infants, toddlers, and young children. Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The early childhood specialization focuses on the development of children as individuals, within the family and within larger peer group and school settings. Certification is offered for teachers of young children from Pre-kindergarten through the 6th elementary grade; however, the major emphasis of the program is on preparing professionals to work with young children in the typical early childhood years (infancy through grade 3).

Additional supplemental certifications (such as ESL and Special Education) are available in addition to the initial Generalist EC-6 certificate. Consult with the certification advisors in the College of Education.

Early Childhood Education

Degree Plan and Course Information

For more information on this program, please contact the HDFS Department at 806.742.3000.