B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching

A teacher works with four early childhood students sitting at a table in the classroom.

The B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Teaching prepares undergraduate students for roles as teachers and daycare providers of infants, toddlers, and young children in schools and community daycare/preschool settings. The program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in child development, educational psychology and the role of the family and society in education.

The PK-3 concentration emphasizes working with young learners in inclusive settings and the value of play in early childhood instructional environments. Students will develop skills to advocate for equitable learning opportunities for all children.

Upon completion of degree requirements in any of VCU's undergraduate educator preparation programs and with the recommendation of the School of Education, students are eligible to receive initial licensure from the Virginia Department of Education. For additional information on licensure, licensure renewal or an add-on endorsement, contact the School of Education’s Student Services Center or the Virginia Department of Education.

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to teach in diverse classroom settings through purposefully integrated fieldwork and internship experiences.

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How to apply: Choose your application type (transfer, freshman, or international)
Semester of entry: Fall, spring
Application deadlines for transfers: Fall, Mar. 15 (preferred); spring, Nov. 1. Rolling admissions all year for all terms.
Application deadlines for freshmen: Fall, Nov. 15 (scholarship consideration), Jan. 15 (regular decision); spring, Nov. 1.


The School of Education (SOE) degree programs that lead to professional licensure are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for professional licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia as outlined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The SOE has determined that the curriculum includes applicable educational prerequisites for the following professional licensure(s) and/or certification(s) as outlined on this page of our website.

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Contact Kenedy Edmonds if you are a prospective student.

S. Brianne Morrison, senior student advisor, Student Services Center

Contact S. Brianne Morrison if you are a current student.

Lisa Cipolletti, M.Ed.