The Early Childhood Unified program at NU provides you with the educational background necessary to implement developmentally appropriate practices in a high quality, inclusive early childhood setting birth to grade 3.
The Early Childhood Unified (ECU) program requires, for degree-seeking students, that they complete all General Education and Elementary Education courses. An additional 16 hours is required that is focused on early childhood coursework and field experiences in diverse settings. As this is a dual licensure program, upon completion of all courses and assessments, graduates are eligible for both the Elementary Education license (K-6th grade) and the Early Childhood Unified license (birth – grade 3) which qualifies individuals for both general education and special education teaching positions.
What if you already have an Elementary Education degree with initial licensure? You can add your Early Childhood Unified endorsement to your teaching credentials in just one summer!
- All courses are offered in the summer to allow for students to be immersed in early childhood content.
- Classes are held at both our campus site and outreach sites in Western Kansas. Look for Southeast Kansas to be added soon!
- We now offer an accelerated program for elementary education. Your Early Childhood Unified coursework can easily be completed the semester prior to beginning the Elementary Education program. Inquire about this exciting opportunity TODAY!
"I have been an early childhood teacher for 17 years and recently decided to add my Early Childhood Unified endorsement to my degree. I was thankful for the program at NU. It was a blessing that the classes were offered in the summer as it allowed me time to fully concentrate on my classes while not working full time. The professors were great! The pacing of the classes is flexible as well. This was definitely a great program and I highly recommend it!"
-Kelley Schafers, PreK Teacher, USD 259, November 2017
ECU-Specific Coursework Includes:
EDUC 3403 : Foundations of Early Childhood/Family/Community
EDUC 3412: Early Childhood Field Experience: Infants/Toddlers
EDUC 3413: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Infants and Toddlers
EDUC 3423: Special Education Inclusive Strategies
EDUC 3442: Early Childhood Field Experience: Preschool
EDUC 3443: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Preschool
As this is a dual licensure program, upon completion of all courses and assessments, graduates are eligible for both the Elementary Education license (K-6th grade) and the Early Childhood Unified license (birth – grade 3) which qualifies individuals for both general education and special education teaching positions.
Experience Counts at NU!
Experience counts at Newman University. That is why field experience is such an important part of our program. Experience, combined with a solid foundation of knowledge gained through our courses, positions NU graduates for success in the early childhood classroom and beyond!
Learn more about the opportunities to practice in the field of early childhood education!