Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Inspire a love of learning.

Children learn constantly. They learn through play, through interaction, and through a variety of activities. As a student in early childhood and elementary education, you will learn to facilitate growth in everyday moments, whether through fingerpaint or times tables, social interaction or academics.

Earning your early childhood education degree will prepare you to teach children in preschool through sixth grade. You will study a broad range of subjects, from reading and science to music and math.

You will also learn how to manage a classroom, how to build positive relationships with children, and how to help them develop interpersonal skills. Before you even begin student teaching, you will have more than 200 hours of experience in classrooms.

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Special Education and Interdisciplanry options

The Bachelor of Science early childhood education degree will prepare you to leave ACU an effective educator with the confidence to become a successful, well-rounded teacher.

ACU offers both a Bachelor of Science with early childhood/elementary certification and a Bachelor of Science in special education with early childhood/elementary certification.

Additionally, ACU offers interdisciplinary teacher education programs that allow you to teach the following subjects at all early childhood education levels:

For those interested in combining a master's degree with their undergraduate teacher training, ACU offers a one year M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning designed for ACU students who will complete a bachelor's degree in Education.

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What can you do after graduation?

  • Elementary school teacher
  • Christian education teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Children’s minister
  • Educational consultant

Clubs and Activities

Teacher education students can participate in a number of real-world learning experiences, including:

  • Student teaching
  • Study abroad
  • Research and conferences
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Degree Details


Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 70 credit hours + Electives: 2 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection


Example Coursework


Minor Available:

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Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Action: November 1st


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