Unified Early Childhood Studies B.A.Sc.

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Department of Education

150 EduE
412 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
United States

Program Type
Bachelor of Applied Science
College of Education and Human Service Professions

About this Program

As of September 14, 2020, students may no longer be admitted to the UECH major due to program restructuring.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Unified Early Childhood Studies (UECH) gives you a unique opportunity to serve children with and without identified disabilities or delays. The program has an interdisciplinary curriculum that prepares you to work in a variety of settings with children of diverse ability levels, from birth through age eight. With your courses in child development, early childhood special education, and parent-child relations, you can pursue a dual licensure in early childhood education and early childhood special education.

  • Graduates qualify for dual licensure in Early Childhood (birth - grade 3) and Early Childhood Special Education (birth - age 6)
  • Small student to faculty ratio allows for more individualized attention
  • Integration of general education and special education curriculum throughout the program
  • Only bachelors level early childhood special education program in Minnesota
  • Integrated with the UMD on-campus child center

Acquired Skills

  • Engage in hands on experiences with children
  • Participate in infant, toddler, and preschool placements in general education and special education classrooms and programs
  • Over 400 hours of working with children prior to student teaching

Student Learning Outcomes

Career Possibilities

Entry level positions include K-3 General Education Teacher, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Child Advocate and Child Care Center Director.  Advanced degree positions include Dean of Students, Principal, Academic Advisor and School Counselor.

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Admissions and Scholarships

Students in CEHSP are eligible to apply for more than 100 scholarships each academic year typically totaling $120,000 annually.  For more information on scholarship opportunities, visit the CEHSP scholarship webpage.

UMD's Education Department has over 25 scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Scholarships vary in criteria and some are specifically for subject areas or students entering student teaching in the US or starting their student teaching abroad.

Faculty Highlights

  • Faculty participate in scholarly and service-based efforts at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Faculty have combined experience 100 years in Early Childhood, ECSE, infant mental health, administration, higher education, and family education.
  • Faculty have won campus and college awards for outstanding teaching, advising, and service.