COLUMBUS, Miss. – Beginning in the fall, Mississippi University for Women will offer a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
The new online program, which will be housed under the Division of Education and Outreach, will make it possible for freshmen and transfer students to complete a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
“We believe this program provides all students interested in early childhood education with a combination of elementary education and early childhood-specific instruction and supervised mentorship,” said Dr. Martin Hatton, division head for the Division of Education and Outreach.
The program will also allow students who previously earned an associates of applied science degree from a Mississippi Early Childhood Technology program to qualify and complete a bachelor of science in early childhood development.
Students who transfer with an early childhood degree from a community college may test out of 27 credit hours, or almost half of the credit required for the program’s completion, once they begin at The W.
According to Hatton, opportunities for childhood professionals, specifically preschool teachers, are expected to grow faster than the average occupations between now and 2024. Hatton added, “The need in Mississippi is significant, and the employment opportunities for students are substantial.”
To obtain their bachelors of science degree in early childhood education, participants will be required to complete 15 hours of early childhood requirements and 67 hours of elementary education courses in addition to The W’s general education requirements.
Students enrolled in the program will complete a supervised internship in a childcare facility. The division will work with students to complete the required internship near their location or students can choose to intern at the Child and Parent Development Center (CPDC) located on The W’s campus.
For additional opportunities at The W, visit muw.edu.
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July 8, 2019
Contact: Tyler Wheat